You know what I envision when I dip in and out of the book ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ by Thomas Hardy? The peaceful hills of England, not particularly the South Downs but there are alot of the scenes in the book that easily plant me in there as a reader.
As an aside, the book is not a long read by the way but it is still hard to focus on it because perhaps we as a generation are not used to that slow pace of life, and therefore when we read, it translates to we are probably wasting our time. I admit I find it hard to focus on the book but its a work in progress. As always in life, there is a time for everything, so that book can stay in the shelf for a while.
During Summertime, there is something soothing, healing, and energising being surrounded by the green of nature. That reminds us of the Japanese tradition of Forest Bathing. It is now becoming popular in England too as more and more gardens and parks are offering Forest Bathing in their organised events.
Sometimes we are too focused on doing anything or everything we forget we are wearing ourselves out. The very act of soaking in the energies of nature is like an act of reconnecting to your ancient soul. The only sounds you hear are those of the birds, and the rustling of the leaves with that of the gentle breeze.
Nature walks are very therapeutic, it has now even been recognised by UK health authorities and have been slowly adapted as to be prescribed.
Ditchling Beacon is famous for its unobstructed views of the Sussex Countryside. From it, you can sweeping views of Sussex, the English Channel, and even as far as the North Downs in Surrey.
Most hikers do the full length of the South Downs Trail which is more or less 200 miles in 20 days, please research that for us. As for us, we are only day trippers and not professional backpackers lol.
Some parts of the South Downs are accessed via Rights of Way only and so you would see that alot of the lands are farmed. These crops here are either barley or wheat, we don’t know the difference so please forgive us lol.
As you can see from the flora, these photos were taken during high summer. The weather was fine, the breeze was gentle, and the sun comes shining down unobstructed by clouds.
You have to be aware that it can be very windy on top of the hill so when you want an enjoyable time up here, make sure you check your weather forecasts. And if you’re British, we’re sure you’ve done that homework by the time you’d have your first cup of tea or coffee.
You will come across lots of lovely wild flowers in the downs which are worth stopping for. If you live with a grateful heart, you will start to appreciate the delicate and simple things in life.
Isn’t that just a lovely carpet of wild flowers. Life is sweet. Make sure you get your dose of Mother Nature when you can. There is great healing from nature.
As I suffer from non-clinical depression, I make sure I get my regular dose of Nature Therapy as much as I can.
We may use this platform for business every now and then, but he grander aim is to awaken the song in the soul that’s been buried beneath the countless vicissitudes of life.
This footpath on the side of the hill is an access to Ditchling Village below. If you want to be a bit more of an explorer, you can do the South Downs Circular Walk that includes Ditchling Village.
You should not miss Ditchling Village as they have lovely traditional stone houses and beautiful sweet cottages. This is a perfect village life indeed.
According to some accounts, the particular wavelike formation on the hillside is the result of glaciers receding during the Ice Age. Even the perfect and gentle slopes are a byproduct of the Ice Age. This is wonderful that we can touch and see history this old. Awesome.
If you climb these hills during Springtime, you will come across several lambs as the farmers here use these hills for their flocks to graze.
You can carry your picnic food and enjoy your views while having lunch. Or you can enjoy some pub grub in Ditchling Village below.
We do hope you have a nice time. Til our next post!