This was not the first training walk I’ve done to prepare for LEJOG. I started in a fit of enthusiasm on Boxing Day with a 12 mile walk along the coast from Brighton, then have done a couple of slightly longer (and hillier) walks since then. However, realising that 2nd June (the planned start date for LEJOG) was drawing ever nearer, I thought it was time to try a long walk over some hills. I was accompanied by my sister and her husband, and we decided to walk the South Downs Way loop that goes from Seaford round Beachy Head through Eastbourne to Exceat. You can find helpful links here: http://www.southdownsway.co.uk/index.html
That was the plan in any event. We met up at Seaford – the weather lovely and sunny with a light breeze – and headed over the Seven Sisters, which you can just about see in these photos:
The beautiful weather continued nearly all day, but unfortunately the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head proved too much for my unfit legs and by the time we got past Eastbourne we were all a bit out of puff. I made it as far as Jevington, where I had possibly the best piece of coffee and walnut cake ever in the tearoom (highly recommended), and then sat on a bench in the churchyard and admired the daffodils :
I was glad to get back to the car and, after a long drive back to London through roadworks and Sunday night traffic, was very glad to get home to a glass of wine!
It was a lovely route, and has made me realise that it’s time to find some more hills for training. Sadly, living in East London this may prove a bit difficult!
Spent the evening thinking about campsites and getting quotes for attaching the towbar to our family car – astonishingly expensive, before you ask….