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Sunday services are a members’ only event in Southover, Lewes. We’re gathering every Sunday morning from a couple of weekends ago until the 5th, to make our fire torches. On Sunday 11th September, I awoke very early. My natural clock has begun to wake me unsocially early these days. There I was, wide awake and lying in bed at 4:30am. ‘There’s enough time to walk to Lewes’, I thought, and that’s exactly what I did.
No more can I claim to my wife that it is only five miles from Brighton to Lewes. Stupidly, I forgot to turn my GPS recording on (I used Google’s MyTracks) until I got to Stanmer Park, although obviously I don’t actually live there. Here’s the digital record:
Total Distance: 18.68 km (11.6 mi)
Total Time: 2:52:54
Moving Time: 2:10:19
Average Speed: 6.48 km/h (4.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 8.60 km/h (5.3 mi/h)
Max Speed: 92.23 km/h (57.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 63 m (207 ft)
Max Elevation: 243 m (797 ft)
Elevation Gain: 274 m (897 ft)
Max Grade: 6 %
Min Grade: -14 %
I think this is mostly accurate, although the maximum speed can be discounted. Call me old fashioned but I do wish that these things would put the Imperial Measures in front of the Metric. Why should I have to rearrange them?
The digital record fails to properly describe the joy of traversing Hollingbury Golf Course free of golfers, of not seeing the autumnal sunrise but still seeing that qualitative change in the light, of taking my time and dilly-dallying along the way. Photographs also can only go so far. As per usual, click on the images to enlarge them.
What luxury in the busiest corner of England to enjoy four hours of solitude and wide open spaces! I’m endlessly baffled by how few able-bodied people walk anywhere. It’s what we’ve evolved to do!