Caught a train to Polegate with Steve to walk north along the Cycleway called the Cuckoo Trail, then west to Abbot’s Wood, wander about there until heading out to the west and around the edge of a small reservoir before arriving at Berwick station and pub.
The bluebells were great,
but so many other wildflowers out as well.
We managed to get lost twice in the wood, only finding out when we arrived at point X only to find it was point something very different from X. A line of pylons helped us get re-orientated first time. Second time we found ourselves in a picnic area that was on the map – several hundred yards from our planned destination, a pub. But we found it – The Old Oak, and Harvey’s Best plus 1648 Brewery’s Bee-head. 1648 was the year that the order to behead Charles I was signed, and all their beers relate to that event. This one has some honey in it.
Once into the open the wind became much more noticeable, and there were small waves splashing onto the concrete edge of Ardingly reservoir, and some swifts hunting insects as they swooped low over the water.
Soon the station and the Berwick Arms appeared, with half an hour before the train we decided on a beer (yes, I know, who’d have thought it). This was from the Isfield Brewery, and a pale hoppy number called Straw Blonde. Excellent.