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Green Man
Sunday 29th December 2013
Mount Caburn, Lewes.
7 miles

So yesterday wasn't as good a day weather-wise as it was supposed to be but today we were promised a sunny, wintry day and by heck we were going to make the most of it.
Our plan was to try and circumvent the down above Lewes (which we know as Mount Caburn) as much as possible. After a quick peruse in the town which became a longer peruse... I finally chased Gill out of a shop and we took the footpath from just north of the tunnel up onto Malling Hill. We then followed the steep edge clockwise round to the fort at Mount Caburn proper. This interesting route takes you past old quarries, pits, landslips, barrows and tumuli as well as giving beautiful views across Sussex and of Lewes town.  After the fort we weren't sure if there was a way back to Lewes across Ranscombe Camp, we couldn't spot any stiles across the many fences, so we took the normal footpath back through Southerham Nature Reserve. Just before we got to the reserve, just as the light was fading, we saw a group of 6 men, a boy and a lurcher hunting rabbits using ferrets. They seemed to be doing quite well too.


The view from the top of Malling Hill looking across to Offham Hill and Blackcap on the South Downs.
An excellent place for tea & cake and staring into space and sighing, if you're into that sort of thing!

Whoever designed sheep knew that they would look bloody great against a green backdrop.

The hang glider pilots love Mount Caburn. The flooding out on Lewes Brooks a testament to the continued storms we keep having.

Hunting rabbits with ferrets.

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