Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Black Down

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: There is no specific theme given.  It just needs to be some sort of  ‘Which Way’. The possibilities are endless.

Black Down Ridden Corner

You came and looked and loved the view, long known and loved by me, Green Sussex fading into blue with one grey glimpse of sea.

~ Tennyson

These images are from the trails on the Black Down in West Sussex, close to the Surrey border. It is the highest point in the South Downs National Park.  I used to go here a lot when I lived in nearby Haslemere as there are several lovely pathways on the chalk down with spectacular views over the countryside.

Black Down Trail

You may even find black cows grazing  as they have been introduced to help manage the land, controlling the scrub to encourage the heather to thrive. You can walk along chalky paths or ancient sunken lanes and drove ways with the steep hedgerows filled with blackberries in the autumn. Bog ponds come and go. Scots pines, mountain ash and beech hanger woodland provide welcome shade when the midsummer sun is burning down. And it is a perfect place to star-gaze on a clear night.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

14 thoughts on “Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Black Down”

  1. Nice place indeed, and somewhere I have actually been. It looks like it was a nice day when you took those photos Jude, and you can feel the sun in the images.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. Beautiful scenes from one of my favourite parts of England. I will be in West Sussex in a couple of weeks’ time, but in Feb/March, I’m sure it won’t be so green. 🙂

  3. Black Down. Wonder how it got its name? Sounds like something from a pirate story ‘Arrrgh, the treasure’s buried on the Black Down’.

    Lovely image to picture with ‘Bog ponds come and go’

    1. I have no idea why it is named that – maybe it looks black from a distance, as it is the highest Down? I like your imaginative theory though 🙂

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