27.6 miles – A thick mist, thinning towards noon, heavy rain in the afternoon
A long and perhaps unexpectedly rather lovely day.
I set off at 06:02, by a whisker the earliest start of my (3 minutes earlier than Day 51), and, also by a whisker the longest day of my walk (0.2 miles further than Day 58). And, despite the mist and rain, enjoyed the gentle sweep of the hills.
I was helped by the large plateful of scrambled eggs and bacon, a slice of cake, and six cupfuls of tea, which restored me at Amberly, not to mention the four perfectly-kept pints of Dark star Hophead and massive ‘roast beef dinner pie’ at the Rising Sun at Upper Beeding.
Given the weather conditions, stunning pictures of the ridge of the Downs were out of my scope. I can tell the day’s story in just a few pictures.