Friday, 3 August 2012

West Sussex and the South Downs

For the last few days we have been staying in West Sussex, on our way back to Portsmouth.

We stayed in a campsite in a village called Washington, which is on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

The tent field was nice but we weren't too keen on the car park-style hardstanding pitches for caravans and motorhomes (our fault as we wanted hook-up). Suffice to say we only stayed one night.

Nice view of the South Downs just behind the site though.

The next day we went for a walk up to Chanctonbury Ring, a hill fort on the South Downs Way. A bit of a climb but worth it for the views. If we followed the South Downs footpath west it would take us straight back to Waterlooville, and on to Winchester. If you follow it east it takes you to Eastbourne.

We then visited the picturesque village of Slindon, where we stayed in a very quiet campsite (owing to the fact that there is no toilet or shower).

Just behind the site you could see out over to the sea and Bognor Regis with it's massive Butlins tent (white thing about 1/3 of the way in from the left below).

To celebrate our successful first two weeks we ate in a local pub.

On the way back we saw a glowworm! I thought someone had dropped a keyring or something, it was so luminous. What an amazing little thing.

Today we are driving the last few miles back to Portsmouth as we have got a couple of weddings to attend over the next week. We've got a few things to tweak on the van too so it works out quite well.

After that we are off to the Isle of Wight!

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