A sunny but muddy walk

On Saturday 11th January Steve and I caught a 271 from just along the road to the Friars Oak pub near hassocks to join a huge group of largely retired folk, many from the Sun Alliance Insurance Co of Horsham, to trudge through mud for three hours.

Most of 34 walkers.  The mud, our high average age and large number of stiles made us slow

Most of 34 walkers. The mud, our high average age and large number of stiles made us slow

Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely bright and sunny day with blue skies – and lots of mud in wet fields.  We headed past lots of very large and expensive homes until we came to the most expensive – Danny House – these days available to all, if you want to buy an apartment in it.

Brick Elizabethan house, where the terms of the Armistice were worked out in 1918 (I read)

Brick Elizabethan house, where the terms of the Armistice were worked out in 1918 (I read)

Nearby were lots of alpacas, mainly sitting down, and all chewing the cud.

Two alpacas on the right, and the front end of a pushme pullyou  on the left

Two alpacas on the right, and the front end of a pushme pullyou on the left

On the way back to the pub, just south of Hurstpierpoint, we passed a curious brick arch attached to a  brick square structure.  No idea what it is/was for.

Strange sturdy brick thing beside a gate just outside Hurstpierpoint.

Strange sturdy brick thing beside a gate just outside Hurstpierpoint.

The pub was our lunch venue, and lunch was OK, but nothing special.  No evidence of any enthusiasm for food preparation or presentation.  They had three beers – but all sweet and malty.  Nonetheless I tried all of them: Adnams Broadside, Brains SA and Sharps Doom Bar.

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