The South Downs Way


Saturday 15th September 1973

Camp 2
Camp 2
Up at 8:45.

Both sleeping bags are wet. My polythene is wet on the inside only, due to condensation, I suppose whereas Anthony had slipped off his polythene and had got wet that way. For me it was a terrible night. I woke up countless times and rearranged my polythene sheet I don't know how many times. I remember waking up and thinking "Oh God! It's only 3:30 (or 5:30 etc,), I wish it was morning". Be that as it may, Anthony had to wake me up.

We set off with wet sleeping bags at about 10:00 we think, and headed for South Harting via a footpath, and arrived, without breakfast @ 10:30. There was a restaurant there with snacks, but it opened at 11:30, so we bought apples, fruit pies and drinks. We also bought Ryvitas, cheese, and yoghurts for lunch, and fishcakes for supper. We left about 11:00 and after a gruelling climb from 220' to 793', we got back onto the S.D.Way. We intended to walk to Cocking for lunch, but soon realised that unless we quickened our walking, we would not make it in time for the pub so we marched on with gt. speed and reached Cocking by 2:25, and headed straight for the pub (which closed at 3:00 pm). We had 1 1/2 pints each in 25 mins and went onto the common for lunch (Ryvita and cheese) and a good snooze. Up at 4:30, we bought Sunday's food and set off again, intending to camp on Graffham Down. We almost reached the Way when it started raining, so we took shelter in a burnt out barn, and when the rain seemed no nearer to stopping, we donned plastic capes etc. and set off, when it started raining more heavily.

Anyway, it carried on raining intermittently, until around 6:00, we could hear distant thunder. We stopped in a wood in the rain around 6:30, and we decided to make a tent out of my poly sheet. Half way through this we were caught in a thunder storm, and pretty soon, lightning was flashing above us. It soon gave over, we made a fire and put on warm clothing, and cooked fish cakes (baked), and ate them with Ryvitas, fruit pies (hot) and apples, downed with just under 1/2 pint of coffee. We stayed up talking (about wolves because we thought we heard a dog barking - I think it was a cow with bronchitis). I hit the sack at 10:30. We kept the fire going throughout the night, and we slept out. We were forced into our tent by rain at 3:30 am, but we both slept solidly until 9:30


   R                 | A
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Fri. 14th            |
Train       1.15     | 1.50
Soup        0.14 1/2 | 0.14 1/2
Shop etc.   0.28     | 0.31
----------------------------------------- Sat. 15th | Shop 0.25 | 0.26 Pub & Shop 0.78 | 0.71 Drink 0.07 | Fags | 0.13
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