Its a Saturday and I’m off on another long walk incorporating the Downslink path as part of the 1000 miles in the year challenge. I’m on track and fast approaching 700 miles. What also became apparent on the walk is that the other thing that is fast approaching is autumn, or fall for my American readers. I’ve seen many great big oak trees on my walks through the English countryside and for the first time I’ve noticed that the acorns are getting ready to fall. It seems odd to be talking of a change in the seasons when the weather is still doing ok (more or less) and the long hot summer we’ve had, but it’s nearly September and for me that always is the start of autumn. For me the next sign will be horse chestnuts on the ground. To be fair the seasons have been a bit mixed up this year with the extra cold winter and the extra warm summer, so they are probably a little earlier than usual. However it’s a timely reminder that I will probably be needing to dig out the warmer walking gear before too long.
Having finished the South Downs Way last week I would need a new path to walk. I’m lucky that living where are do there are a number of national trails that I could follow. I’ve discovered a number of them while planning the walks I have done and look forward to following parts of them, if not all over the remainder of the year and beyond. I’ve picked a route that links two trails and as the name suggests, it links the South Down and the North Downs. Lots of it follows an old train line so is flatter than what I’ve been walking, and is also more shaded. Unfortunately as it’s not a well known, some of the tracks off it will be more challenging and I’ve already discovered that my legs seem to be a magnet for stinging nettles. However I’ll be seeing new areas of the south for a few weeks while I contemplate my next step (quite literally!)