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Sunday 1st June 2008
Wivelsfield to Lewes
13 miles

The weather forecast basically said "dunno", so we were ready for anything today. It turned out to be hot and steamy and very muddy. No need for jumpers and waterproofs so we think that it's safe to "cast a clout, as May is out". Not that either of us knows what a clout is.
In West Wood we were lucky enough to find a completely clean badgers skull and decided to take it home with us. We are starting to amass a small collection of animal skulls now.
In the past two weeks we have come across people with their dogs off their lead in fields with livestock in. This week the dog chased the sheep around the field, an offence that can see the dog being destroyed on sight! If you are taking your dog out into the countryside, then please observe the countryside code. It's there so that we can all continue to use and enjoy the British countryside safely without threatening peoples livelihood.
On arrival at Lewes we staked out the County Hall where an Alpine Swift has been seen recently. Although there were quite a few swifts flying around, there wasn't an alpine one among them (none wearing lederhosen anyway). With our jaunt completed, we treated ourselves to a half of Biddenden Cider at the Brewers Arms in Lewes. Any more than a half of this exceptionally strong stuff after 13 miles would have seen us fast asleep at the bar.

Don't it just make you want to be a vegetarian?

We don't see many dragons in these parts, as they were all hunted to extinction by Knights with nothing better to do!

There were plenty of different types of stile on our route today, most of them built by the Monday Group.
This "floating stile" was one of our favourites.

Lots of common spotted orchids and species-rich hedgerows around the East Chiltington area

Black Cap (the dome of trees in the centre) was to be our initial target on the Downs.

Stunning views on the way up and even better ones from the top.

On the top it was totally quiet, so we lay down in the meadow for a while and took in the sound of the birds,
the buzz of the insects and the smell of the millions of flowers. Perfect!