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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Green Man
Saturday 2nd April 2011
Burwash - Brightling - Burwash
7 miles

This walk will stand out for us mainly because I forgot to bring the map. Normally this wouldn't be too much of a problem, especially as I take a couple of photos of the map before we go out, but in East Sussex this is a nightmare scenario. In the east of our fair county the footpaths are maintained by both unwilling landowners (who seem to go out of their way to deter walkers) and East Sussex County Council. The latter tend to only show themselves when a bridge falls down (when they are forced by law to rebuild it) which they then cover in plaques saying what a good job they're doing. They're not doing a good job at all of course, and the people who are in charge of actually carrying out the work know nothing about walking on footpaths. If they do ever get round to putting up a sign then it's either ambiguous in its meaning or it's completely hidden, even when you're on top of it, let alone from a distance. This all makes for extremely difficult navigation and instead of deterring walkers it actually ensures that they walk back and forth, willy-nilly over private land whilst scratching their heads and swearing a lot.
Rant over....

We had an absolutely lovely time today wandering (willy-nilly) around this very attractive part of our most precious shire. Nothing went wrong, we didn't get lost and everything was great!      Sheesh!

A lot of the route goes through very beautiful woods and where it doesn't you get superb landscape views.

Come for a short stroll through the woods with us.

Cuckoo flowers (Cardamine pratensis) were in nearly every hedgerow today. No cuckoos though!

Green shoots, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and warm sunshine. mmmm!

The sign outside the now defunct coaching Inn at Brightling.

Brightling church of St.Thomas a Beckett.

'Mad' Jack Fuller's pyramidal tomb (surrounded by gardeners) at Brightling church was built in 1811, 23 years before his death.
Now that's forward planning.

With Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies seen on route this hassock seemed very topical.

People in the 18th century had no qualms about showing the mortality of man on their memorials.

Blackthorn blossom.

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

This conveyor belt, which we crossed twice, runs for over 2.5 miles from the Brightling Gypsum mine to Netherfield.

Batemans. The gorgeous home of Rudyard Kipling, near to the end of our walk.


Take the time to read the countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.