Posts tagged ‘hiking’

November 17, 2017

Adventure Planning

by Jem Croucher

Around about this time of year
my brother Dave and me
Take maps and pens and paper
to our local hostelry
And there we’ll plan adventures
whilst sharing a fine ale
Recalling all we’ve had before
with memories to regale

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October 5, 2017

Little Bridge

by Jem Croucher

Fording ‘cross a gentle stream
at the bottom of the field
Down some steps cut to the bank
a little bridge revealed

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October 4, 2017

A wander, some mud and the Ring

by Jem Croucher

Walking up from Washington
in excellent company
The South Downs up above us
so we’ve plenty here to see
And the rain that fell here overnight
has gone and in good time
For our wanderings this morning
as the weather’s dry and fine

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May 10, 2017

Achievement and Pride

by Jem Croucher

We’ve walked a hundred miles
my brother Dave and me
The South Downs Way from Winchester
to Eastbourne by the sea
And when we reached the signpost
at the end we both agreed
that the feeling of achievement
was very good indeed

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May 9, 2017

Day Five (Alfriston to Eastbourne)

by Jem Croucher

And just when we needed the sunshine
there it was just like a friend
to enrich us and encourage
and spur us to the end

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May 8, 2017

Day Four (Rodmell to Alfriston)

by Jem Croucher

Arriving here at Alfriston
we found the Smugglers Inne
A sixteenth century ale house
for the sale of beer and gin
And although it’s not imposing
many secrets here it hides
for behind its small exterior
more than twenty rooms inside

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May 7, 2017

Day three (Ditchling Beacon to Rodmell)

by Jem Croucher

And if I thought the views I’d seen
were the best that Sussex had
The ones I saw today notched
things up more than a tad
For the ones across the valley
where the Ouse flows to the sea
were almost overwhelming
as we walked, my Bro and me

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May 4, 2017

Day Two (Truleigh Hill to Ditching Beacon)

by Jem Croucher

I guess around this time of year
there really has to be
a shot of bluebells in the woods
for they’re wonderful to see

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May 3, 2017

Day One (Washington to Truleigh)

by Jem Croucher

The view from the top
of Chanctonbury Hill
looking north into Sussex
is beautiful still

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May 2, 2017

Long Awaited

by Jem Croucher

A day long awaited
arrives and I’m ready
Gear is all packed
and weather looks steady
Dry bags for the rain
if it comes just in case
But I’m hoping that they
will remain in their place

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April 25, 2017

The Kumano Kodo 熊野古道

by Nick Anthony

A peaceful night is ended
By the first light of morning
Before a bright Sun soaring
Over the edge of the ocean.

I open my eyes to a starry tent sky
Shining droplets of condensation
Refracting rainbows of morning dew
Formed from the radiant body heat
Of weary pilgrims happily beat
Upon the Kumano Trail.

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April 23, 2017

Counting the days

by Jem Croucher

And I am watching time
I’m counting off the days
when I can tread those chalky paths
down hidden Downland ways

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April 18, 2017

Eight Miles

by Jem Croucher

Eight miles took us past the Ring
where the view as ever was
breathtaking in the sunshine
on the South Downs here because
(and I know that some will argue)
but this is heaven here on earth
A place that God has smiled upon
and with riches given worth

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April 14, 2017

These dusty trails

by Jem Croucher

I walk these dusty trails
the sun above my head
towards the hazy hills beyond
to which I have been led

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December 11, 2016

Fog on the Ring – tanka

by Jem Croucher

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Fog thick as pea soup
shrouds the Sussex countryside
Trees hide like shadows
Quiet whispers, coy and shy
as again I climb the Ring

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May 22, 2016

For the love of a good walk

by Jem Croucher

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Amberley to Washington
is around about six miles
There’s one particularly nasty hill
and several gates and stiles

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May 21, 2016

The yellow road

by Jem Croucher

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Metalled by the Romans
on top of Bignor Hill
We came across the yellow road
heading homeward still
Mostly blue sky overhead
with tiny flecks of grey
The sunshine on the yellow shone
to show us both the way

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May 20, 2016

Into Sussex

by Jem Croucher

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Crossed the border into Sussex
Chalk paths underfoot
Thirty miles behind us
Twenty more to go to boot

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May 19, 2016

Houses for Eeyore

by Jem Croucher

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Down the hill from Butser
in the bright sunshine
to the ancient woodland there
heading for a climb
A forest that has been here
for a millennia at least
providing a dark canopy
atop a visual feast

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May 18, 2016

Big sky

by Jem Croucher

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With a sky as big as big can be
we walked beneath the blue
Grey clouds skidding quickly past
keeping the sun in view

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May 17, 2016

Old Winchester Hill

by Jem Croucher

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The delicate wings of Chalkland Blues
shimmer here as I stand quite still
As they feed upon wild marjoram
on the top of Old Winchester Hill

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May 16, 2016

Fifty miles

by Jem Croucher

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From Hampshire through to Sussex
I have walked o’er vale and hill
with a full pack on my back
yet my legs are working still!

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May 4, 2016

The weatherman’s promise

by Jem Croucher

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If the weatherman is right
about what will happen here this week
It’s going to get much warmer
and that is just the news we seek
For the waiting’s almost over
and in just a few more days
We’ll be heading off to Hampshire
to walk the South Downs Ways

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May 1, 2016

Preamble

by Jem Croucher

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Thinking that I really ought
to get myself together
The High Trees circle beckoned
with a turning of the weather
Sun was shining bright and warm
and with Obi on the lead
We set off along the riverbank
at a reasonable speed

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April 2, 2016

A perfect day

by Jem Croucher

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Went for a wander up to the Ring
Just over five miles today
Took us a couple of hours in the sun
Along part of the South Downs Way

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May 23, 2015

Freedom

by Jem Croucher

 

I have many chanced by meetings
When walking Sussex Weald
But there’s little interaction
with rabbits in a field
I have no problem here of course
It’s nice to see them there
Minding their own business
without concern or care

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May 22, 2015

Completion

by Jem Croucher

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And then to cap it all we walked
along to Amberley
a circuit of some sixteen miles
My brother Dave and me

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May 12, 2015

Out there

by Jem Croucher

 

Saw the Adur valley
from the top deck of a bus
It looked ever so inviting
and more so today because
At last with backpacks on
my brother Dave and I
are finally out there walking
‘neath a promising blue sky

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