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Green Man
Friday 2nd July 2010
Amberley Station - Rackham Hill - The Burgh - North Stoke - Amberley - Amberley Brooks
10 miles

If you look through our archives you'll soon see that this is without doubt one of our favourite walks. The undulating route takes you through some of  the best that Sussex has to offer: whatever the time of year and whatever the weather. Whenever we get a chance to take friends out walking for the day, then this is one of the places we tend to take them.
Today it was Wayne's turn to check out Rackham Hill, The Burgh and the "steps of insanity" for himself, although unfortunately we'd managed to pick possibly the hottest day of the year for him to do so. Luckily there's extra water to be found at both Amberley and North Stoke Farm and blimey did we need it!
Everywhere the vegetation is tall and lush and there's a myriad of hedgerow and downland plants in flower. The grasses are all several feet high too and up around the Burgh area the newly-planted hedgerows are already taller than a man. Some of the downland views have been obscured by the new growth, but for the wildlife of course it's a blessing, bringing more places to nest, hide, hunt and feed.

Skylark at Downs Farm.

Wayne settles in for some serious snapping! See the results here.

At Springhead Estate looking over Amberley and towards Bignor and Glatting Beacon.

One of the reasons to keep the dog on the lead up here ...

... a Lapwing chick keeps stock still and waits for us to make a quick but careful exit.

A view west on the South Downs Way at Rackham Hill.

A female Broad-bodied Chaser.

A handy water tap at North Stoke Farm.

A Swift looking at us from its nest under the eaves of Amberley church.