Karen joined me again today for her last walk on this holiday. It was a delightful 7 miles with 1,200ft of ascent starting from Harting Down. After a shortish downhill section, we had a very steep climb to Beacon Hill (780ft) from where we were afforded super view of the surrounding countryside and as far afield as Portsmouth & the Isle of Wight.
We climbed Beacon Hill in the company of two women who were walking an 11 mile stretch of the South Downs Way. On leaving the Beacon I asked them in which direction they were going as they intended heading of at about 90 degrees to us. This seemed odd as we were both walking the same piece of the SDW, but undeterred by my advice, off they went. A couple of minutes later I looked back to see that they were now following us!
The rest of the walk was through a mixture of woodland and open downland which made for enjoyable walking.