03 Nov 2013: Kingley Vale to Stoughton

03 Nov 2013: Kingley Vale to Stoughton
Walk descriptor Test walk  
Day 04 Start to end time 03h 03m
Date Sun 03 Nov 2013 Cu miles 6.43
Start point Kingley Vale End point Stoughton
Miles today 6.43 Miles left 9999
Ft ascent 1074  


Today’s weather Bright sunny with occasional showers.   Light wind.   Still quite mild for time of year


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Today’s location

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GPX based track of today’s walk

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An Autumn walk in the South Downs National Park with friends.   Beautiful bright and breezy day, and a really interesting day out in the UK’s newest National Park.   Ancient yew trees were said to have been planted in Kingley Vale by the residents of Chichester after seeing off a Viking attack in the 10th century.   Some of the trees are thought to be even older.   From the top of the Downs, at the Devil’s Humps (old Bronze Age fortifications), the views in all directions were spectacular.   To the South, stunning views of flat lands near Portsmouth and as far as Brighton, with the needle of Chichester cathedral clearly standing out.   To the North, excellent views into the main body of the South Downs.   Stopped for a pint and crisps at the Hare and Hounds pub  in Stoughton, then headed back over the hill to get to the car just as the heavens opened and normal Autumn weather resumed.


Today’s photos (click to enlarge)


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At the entrance to the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

On way up Stoke Down

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Ancient yew tree in nature reserve

Looking West from Bow Hill

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With Pollaidh at the Devil’s Humps

Team photo under boughs of 700 year old yew tree


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