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A muddy walk along the River Ouse

12 Jan

The run/walk

This is a post I had intended to publish before the Christmas chaos set in but I didn’t quite manage it! This walk was from the 15th December.

I had planned on doing a walk around the chalk pits today, but after driving past the starting point twice, and finding nowhere easy to park on the busy road, I lost heart and decided to head for Lewes, parking in Tesco car park and taking a walk along the Ouse. It is prone to muddiness, and although not actually raining today, it had rained heavily at the weekend, and so I knew I was in for a muddy one. As such I am glad I wore my wellies as I headed off along the river bank. The beginning part is nice and sociable, along the river, near the town and through the park with dog-walkers and toddlers aplenty to smile at, but once on the more rugged river path, only the hardened dog walkers are in evidence as it is indeed, cold and muddy here today.

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River Ouse

The clean-eating challenge is over now, and I am basking in the glory of having done better than expected, here are my starting, mid-point and finishing stats:

In summary I lost 8.5kg and 8% body fat, my muscles are popping out of my shoulders and I feel good, both health-wise and in the knowledge I have gained. Although I will doubtless go back to drinking alcohol and relax my eating regime I feel that many of the habits I have learned are sustainable long-term and I look forward to putting them into practice. (As I write this, post-Christmas, I have embarked upon the kitchen shed 30-day clean-eating challenge).

I do get stuck in the mud on my walk and struggle to get my foot out without losing my Wellington boot!

River Ouse walk

A quick coffee break is taken on the muddy bench, a peanut butter muffin defrosted from the freezer and a chance to take in the glorious sunny morning.

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The lunch

I had decided to treat myself to lunch out, rather than packing my own, this morning, but found I did not have quite enough time to go to a cafe or restaurant, I could find nothing ‘clean’ in the Costa coffee in Tescos, and desperately perused the lunch section of Tesco for something suitable, finally settling on this salad, which in no way filled me up, I should have bought a piece of cooked salmon to have on the side.

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Still, it got me home where I was able to construct my favourite smoothie: a variation from Bubbles and Booyah of blueberries, raspberries, banana, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, flaxseed and almond butter!

The shopping

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Some new foods to try (Freekeh, Food Doctor crackers) and some old favourites (walnuts, brown soba neeodles)

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Barcombe and No Lunch At All

29 Sep

The run

I had a request this week (yes! I take requests!), to go to Barcombe Mills and check out the river (for possible kayaking) and The Anchor Inn. So off I set on a misty, struggling-to-rain kind of a morning.

Barcombe

I had decided to walk the 5 miles as yesterday I ran the Barns Green half marathon and the legs were somewhat achey. I thought a nice walk in the country would be just the thing to ease out those tired muscles. I parked the car in Barcombe High Street and set off with a route I downloaded from the internet, a flask of coffee, banana, and money for lunch/farm shop.

The walk started off well enough with the instructions easy to follow, and although it was starting to drizzle I enjoyed the experience of a relaxing walk. Signs of autumn are all around now, I saw plenty of grouse, conkers and berries in the hedgerows.

In fact, there seems to be evidence that the grouse are quite a pest to farmers as all along the cornfields they had bird feeders, presumably to stop the grouse eating the corn (it seems evident which they prefer though!)

Game feeder

Game feeder

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Where things started to go awry was at point 3 on the route description, following the instructions brought me nowhere near anything that sounded like what was described and I felt like I walked around those fields in circles for about an hour, at one point stopping for coffee and to try and get a bit of perspective on the matter.

Coffee time

Coffee time

In the end I decided to continue down Anchor Lane to have a look at the Anchor Inn (part of the request anyway!) hoping it might make a good lunch stop – unfortunately Mondays are often the day a restaurant will close it’s kitchen, so no joy there.

The Anchor InnThe Anchor Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the map I could see that I could rejoin my original walk by continuing down the River Ouse and managed to pick up the instructions again at point 5 on the route description.

Unfortunately I got lost again at point 7 and by this time I was feeling extremely hungry and actually quite desperate as my phone was also running down and I had been relying on the GPS to keep me right.

Barcombe route

I decided I had had enough of tramping across fields (they all look the same!) and listened for the sound of a road, which I went towards.

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All these fields look the same – or is it the same field?

“I’ll finish the thing on the road”, I thought, and set off in what I thought was the right direction, but, as I have zero sense of direction it turned out to be the wrong way as I just managed to ascertain from the dying light of the blue dot on my phone, and then I was on my own.

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To avoid these…

…go through here

…go through here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More wrong turns and I was becoming anxious about being able to pick my daughter up in time from college, this is where the running started! Eventually I caught up with a postman doing his round and was able to ask him for directions – as I suspected I wasn’t far away and stomped into Barcombe High Street thinking ‘Thank f***, thank f***’ and was so pleased to see my little car again!

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Barcombe? Barcombe? It’s around here somewhere!

The farm

I had hoped to pass something on the way round, but that didn’t happen, nor was there time to find something afterwards, so unfortunately it was Sainsburys on the way home today, which pleased dear daughter at least.

The lunch

No lunch today as nothing was open and there wasn’t time – a sad state of affairs – thank goodness for leftovers at home!

 

 

Southease and Spring Barn Farm (again!)

18 Jun

The run

Parking at Southease station (over a rickety bridge in the middle of nowhere) I followed the second route from a series that I found here. Good clear instructions – no ambiguity or getting lost today!

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River Ouse

River Ouse

It began with an easy flat alongside the River Ouse, popular with dog walkers (I made a few new friends including a greyhound and a terrier!), before turning off towards the village of Rodmell, where I was greeted by the sound of a woodpecker hammering away against a tree! Here you can find Monk’s House, home of Virginia and Leonard Woolfe. Looks like it would be worth a visit one day.

Monk's House

Monk’s House

Rodmell is a very pretty little village with roses-round-the-door and thatched cottages. Here I met a pretty tortoiseshell cat.

Rodmell Village

Rodmell Village

Passing through the village and into farmland (thankfully no cows) and across a field of peas, where I met another small dog, comically jumping up from the peas as it tried to orientate itself – if I was a more skilful photographer I would have taken a picture.

Field of Peas

Field of Peas

A small amount of road running followed before turning up through Northease Farm (where they make Breaky Bottom wine), and on up to the Downs.

Breaky Bottom

Breaky Bottom

Farm track all the way and not too steep, with all the cows safely where they should be – on the other side of the fence!

My nemesis

My nemesis

Turning left along the top of the downs I met some German walkers enjoying the countryside.

South Downs

I ran along the top for a few minutes before pelting down the other side to a farm and following the road back to Southease.

Downward pelt!

Downward pelt!

 

Southease Church

Southease Church

The farm/The lunch

I hadn’t researched a new farm shop and the one I passed on the way was closed today, so I headed back in the hope of finding a hidden gem with a fallback of Spring Barn Farm which is where I find myself now. It really is very good here, with spacious toilets for the runner to get changed, a fully-stocked farm shop, good-looking staff and a cafe serving delicious home made food and Suki tea. What’s not to like?

Goats cheese salad and red berry tea

Goats cheese salad and red berry tea

The cafe conversation: Swanage, starting school, dog poo, the sponsored walk, ‘meaningful children’s books’ (Alice in Wonderland, The Bible)

Spring Barn Farm

Today’s Spring Barn Farm haul