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An Easter walk in The South Downs

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Apr 2014 in Inspiration

The South Downs Way Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last Saturday we went for a walk in the Sussex countryside.  It took in the South Downs and also some of the rolling hills and farmland in the valley beneath.

Sussex walk Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The start of the walk climbed up from West Firle along a tree lined pathway to the top of the South Downs.

Rape fields in Sussex Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The climb of course was well worth it when you walk along the ridge of the South Downs Way, with a clear view across the hills to the sea.

South Downs Way Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It was quite bracing up on the top, but I always find the landscape really inspiring – there’s something about the open space and big expanse of sky that gets your heart thumping.

Oil seed rape field Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The fields of oil seed rape were absolutely stunning – even if you don’t like yellow, I’m sure the sight would lift your spirits.

Sussex field of rape Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Sussex countryside Lisa Cox Garden Designs

After a stop for lunch we wound our way across fields interrupted by a short stop to wait for the cows to be brought in for milking…

Bringing the cows in Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And the walk finished up in the grounds of Firle Park with views across to the church at West Firle.

Church at West Firle Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As we came out of the estate and back to West Firle, the flint walls really caught my eye…

Sussex flint wall Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It’s unusual to see flint walls built in courses, so this is obviously traditional for the area.

They did warn us at college that we’d start taking pictures of walls and paving! This one was a mixture of brick and flint, both functional and decorative.

Sussex Flint and brick wall Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.  I’ll leave you with a picture of a garden gate which caught my eye…

English cottage garden gate Lisa Cox Garden Designs



(Images: Lisa Cox)



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