Day 5 – Didling Hill to Old Winchester Hill

So we had to make a decision; do we take it easy between here and Winchester and give ourselves another three days? Or do we beast through and do it in two? We only had 33 miles to go. Even us with our tendencies to plod and stop a lot to gawp at scenery like [...]

Day 4 – Storrington to Didling Hill

We've been dragging our unwilling carcasses out of bed at some ludicrously early hours, not out of any burning desire to watch the new day dawn but that's a happy side effect. We get up early because we're not meant to be there and I'm terrified we'll get a bollocking off an angry local. I'd [...]

Day 3 – Pyecombe to Storrington

I don't think I've ever woken up in a church on Good Friday before. I'm surprised a godless heathen like myself didn't burn up as soon as I laid out my sleeping bag. I slept so bloody well though, probably a bit too well, we slept through our alarm and I woke up with a [...]

Day 2 – Firle(ish) to Pyecombe

I didn't sleep well at all last night. We were pitched on a slight slope and my mat is slightly slippy and my sleeping bag is slightly slippy which meant I frequently woke up crumpled at the bottom of the tent. Also I never sleep well on the first night of wild camping. Every single [...]

Day 1 – Eastbourne to Firle(ish)

We'd decided to start our trip with the South Downs Way as it's our local trail and we've wanted to do the whole thing for ages. We also decided to start with the Beachy Head loop on account of it taking in the Seven Sisters which absolutely offer some of the best views in Sussex, [...]

Lands End To John O Groats… PLUS

On account of the fact the world went to shit and no one really knew if or when international travel will return to some manner of normal, we scrapped all plans to lounge on a beach somewhere beautiful and hot whilst being brought cocktails in favour of hiking the length of Great Britain. Yeah, because [...]

VGW Day 5: Westdene To Newhaven

The plan: Wake up early and pack up, make our way to the Cuckmere Meanders viewpoint where we'd have breakfast and watch the fiery skyball rise over arguably the best damn view in Sussex. The reality: Make it to the viewpoint, check the weather and comment, "Well it's meant to be raining right now," then [...]

VGW Day 4: Hawkhurst Common To Westdene

Fuck me, this tent stinks of socks and unwashed humans and its only day four. Nothing like sleeping in a confined space when you don't have access to a shower. We'll be evacuating villages during our big walk next year when we roll in stinking like we do. In fairness to my really quite expensive [...]

VGW Day 3: Colemans Hatch To Hawkhurst Common

It was really warm last night, warmer than October has any right being. That sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not, but I'm starting to resent my gorgeous, snuggly down jacket that I thought I'd get a shit tonne of use out of this week. I deliberately bought the cosiest jacket I could find within my [...]

VGW Day 2: Limpsfield Chart To Colemans Hatch

We fell asleep to the sound of loads of owls last night, it was wonderful. At least I hope they were owls anyway. The alarm went off at 5.30am and it was still pitch black. I had it hanging from the ceiling of the tent, I obviously couldn't see it and spent a good few [...]