If the weather carries on like this I am not going to get much family history done

9 Apr

The weather in April has been an absolutely splendid so far, we have had bright sunny days and temperatures reaching 20°c and just above. Comparing this to my nearly twenty years of temperature records it is about 4°c above the average for April.

This has meant I have taken the opportunity to get out and to some walking, perhaps a little earlier in the year than when I would normally start some serious walking. Today my wife and I did about eight miles of walking on the Downs Link path in West Sussex.

The weather was absolutely superb, there was hardly a cloud in the sky and a slight cooling breeze. We walked from Partridge Green to the former Beeding Cement Works before catching the bus back home. The path is another disused railway line, which is mainly level and rural but with occasional diversions along pavements.

Unlike the other stretches of disused railway line I have recently walked, this one is very familiar to me and has much better views as the railway line heads for a gap in the South Downs. It also crosses the River Adur at regular intervals, the photo above is looking west from Betley Bridge (north of Henfield, West Sussex) towards the South Downs and you can just make out Chanctonbury Ring on the ridge of the hills.

Further on the path diverts from the course of the railway line and crosses the river again south of Bramber, West Sussex. The photo below shows the view from the bridge looking south towards what was once the Beeding Cement Works.

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