We did not pick the best of days to do this stretch but as it was not raining when we set off we decided to chance it - a mistake. We started from the A27 at Housedean, this time plus one husband (mine) and a golden retriever named Bobby. All went well for the first half an hour and then the rain began so rather a muddy trek, although we did manage to get glimpses of some picturesque scenery on the way, most of the time it was pretty misty. We were glad we had decided to only go as far as Ditchling Beacon and not on to Pycombe. But we were not without mishaps this time as when we arrived at Ditchling to collect the cars left there it was to discover that my husband had left his car keys in the car on the A27! Not good news with six of us and a dog and only a small four seater car to get us back to collect the keys. Needless to say my husband and myself elected to stay behind and there we stood in the pouring rain for about 20 minutes beside a locked car!! He won't be invited to join us again! We will check out bus routes when we continue in the new year, and maybe B & B's when we get nearer Winchester. So, that's probably our lot for 2012, but the will is there to continue so we will be back!
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