So maths and/or navigation clearly isn’t our strong point, our second planned walk of 17 miles turned into 19 – in horizontal rain through muddy fields. Let’s hope when we complete the whole route along the South Downs Way over the Easter weekend spring will have well and truly sprung!
Practice walk 2 took us from Chichester Harbour and along the wilds of the south coast. The only benefit from the driving rain and freezing gusts of wind was that the semi-frozen ground helped us leap like strangely dressed gazelles across the countryside.
A couple of hours into the walk, we made it in to Bosham. With mud up to our ankles, we decided the tea room wouldn’t want us, so we lunched in a graveyard. There was a particularly odd moment of getting eyelids caught in a hood, leading to hysterics. But we moved on quickly before anyone came to see if we needed help.
Heading back to Chichester, we thought it would be fun to walk along the beach. It was certainly exciting, ending with my falling into a bog releasing a beautiful smell of Sulphur. We made a quick exit, on our hands and knees through bushes, emerging out on to the path we should have stayed on. Luckily no one was around to see our undignified emergence. It was a very smelly drive home.
But again we made it – more soon!