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Stanmer Park - E. Sussex

Well it was a wee while since I'd been down in Brighton so another visit and catch up with friends was long overdue.

Although it was the beginning of summer it was kind of an overcast day, warm but not too hot -- perfect walking weather.

We headed out to Stanmer Park a short drive from Brighton town.

The first thing to notice were the fields of bright red poppies which looked absolutely stunning in amongst all the green.

After admiring the view near the park entrance we headed through the park itself into the pretty village of Stanmer, stopping off at the café for a spot of late breakfast.

As well as being a great picnic and hanging out playing in the sunshine spot, the 500 Acre park is a good kicking off point for longer walks along the downs.

Suitably fortified from breakfast we headed in the general direction of Ditchling Beacon with fantastic views of the South Downs all around.

Even though there were loads of other people out walking (and a few brave cyclists doing their best to get uphill), there was plenty of room for everyone.

Birds of prey and the odd paraglider soared high above, and all around the sights, sounds, and smells of early summer. Very refreshing after a mini heat wave and London smog.

Ominously the cows were lying down and the clouds above looked pretty threatening at times. Nevertheless it stayed dry and after a couple of hours walking, we found ourselves (handily) back at the café -- just in time for a nice cuppa.

Fields near Stanmer Park, East Sussex, England
Fields near Stanmer Park


Cows, South Downs Way, East Sussex, England


South Downs



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