Memories of an English summer – walking the South Downs

The leaves haven’t started falling yet, but that unmistakeable new chill in the air means it’s time to say goodbye to summer 2013.

It’s certainly been one to remember as Britain surprised us all with an uncharacteristically real summer: long hot nights filled with picnics and Pimms, lunchtime sunburns and sweaty Tube rides. Not to mention carefree country walks across rippling green hills that rise above an endless sea of sunshine yellow rapeseed, like those of the South Downs near Brighton.

Before the leaves start making their transformation into the gold, yellow, brown and orange collage of autumn, we should take a moment to salute the summer gone by.

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We stayed at the YHA Telscombe, reached via Brighton or Southease. It is only open during the summer months.

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