What we'll do
An autumn trek through Sussex folklore and history, along the hilltops and trails around Ditchling Beacon. Stretch your legs and your imaginations, among tales of witches, ghost dogs and ancient history, and the spectacular scenery of the South Downs.
Local storyteller Jon Mason will lead you on a 2.5hr circular walk, starting and finishing at Ditchling Beacon car park and taking in Downs, hillsides and villages. And as you walk, he'll share stories and history embedded in the landscape around you, from folktales to modern-day legends, sprung from local people past and present, and from the physical traces they've left in the land.
Moderate walk suitable for all ages, mixture of gentle trails with some steep slopes, might be more challenging depending on the weather conditions. Risk-assessed and compliant with Covid-19 guidelines.
- Weather-dependent, and may be affected by changes in Covid-19 guidelines - if there is any need to cancel/rearrange, attendees will be contacted and refunds given.
- If you or a member of your household have symptoms of Covid-19 (temperature, persistent dry cough, sudden loss of taste and/or smell) or test positive, please do not attend - let me know and a full refund will be given.
- Social distancing must be maintained throughout the walk between members of different groups.
- Hand sanitiser will be available, but please bring your own if possible.
- Face masks are not mandatory but please do wear them if you wish.
- No cash will be accepted on the day, please book and pay online in advance.
- Limited parking, so public transport is recommended: Brighton & Hove bus no 79 runs roughly hourly, first arrival at 10:13 and last departure at 17:00.
- Ditchling Beacon car park is open all day, but has LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Parking costs £3 for all day - or free with a National Trust membership card.
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:
- Coats and appropriate clothing are advised, in case it's cold, windy or wet
- Sensible, comfortable shoes are also good, ideally walking boots or wellies.
- Torches are recommended for the 2pm walks, JUST in case it is gloomy when we finish.
- Please bring water bottles for refreshment, and feel free to bring sandwiches/snacks for yourself if you wish.