Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Haywards Heath Circular

Jane Rosoux Reports

"I attach photographs taken yesterday on the 18 mile circular walk from Haywards Heath led by Clare Kirkbride.

Seven of us set out from Haywards Heath Station around 9.10 am. There should have been an eighth member of the party but he missed the train from Victoria Station because of problems with his ticket. We headed north and were soon in open country. There were still traces of frost on the ground and the sky was almost cloudless.

There was also virtually no wind to ruffle the water of Ardingly Reservoir, parts of which was covered by a thin layer of ice. As we skirted round the north bank of the reservoir we passed a lone fisherman and several swans. We then headed west through Balcombe towards our lunch stop at Handcross / Nymans.

On the way we went along an 'unadopted' road and passed aerials disguised as trees...

and signs on a telegraph pole warning of unusual wildlife!...

By then the sky had begun to cloud over but on our return to Haywards Heath, which was largely via the High Weald Landscape Trail, we passed through the very attractive villages of Bolney (where we admired the interesting architecture) and Cuckfield (where we stopped for refreshments). Although there had been no hills to speak of most of the paths were very muddy and we arrived back at Haywards Heath Station at 5.35 pm tired but happy."

Many thanks Jane.


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