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Southdown's Way

By Robin Tulley

An ancient roaming landscape twixt down land and sea
Where warriors of old stood their ground and fought
To defend their rightful lands and liberty.
From King John's Winchester to Eastbourne’s cliffs
Along well worn old routes and ridges
The scenic views ensure your spirit lifts.
High chalk  down land, deep wooded valleys abound
Charming old churches and villages nestle here
And Iron age forts and Roman remains can be found.
Old Winchester Hill  and Chanctonbury Ring,
Devils Dyke and Seven Sisters all
Add to the "Ways" beauty and enjoyment bring.
Ancient wood lands and river valleys form the tapestry
Of diverse habitats from  East to West
That will linger long in the nature lovers memory.
Green rolling pastures, bridleways, wildflower meadows
And Roe Deer darting for cover
All this and much more the eager walker will discover.
Now With National Park status recently bestowed
It’s future is secured for generations to come
Whether walking, cycling or horse riding
A stunning and memorable  journey will have begun.

Written 11th April 2011

Published 'The Argus' 23rd April 2011


This page was amended on 16/07/2012
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