Its all about bricks – 11 Million of them

Happy New Year fellow travellers. 

Camilla, having scoffed a whole turkey, a home-baked Christmas cake and a 12 pack of mince pies decided that an 8 miler in the mud was in order.  This was good even though I, of course, had not had any turkey, Christmas cake or mince pies, who knows perhaps I would bag a pheasant on our way round the Ardingly Balcombe circular walk, ha!  Well watch out at lunch.

Note Annie to the right in silly hat - woof

It was pretty nippy, I could tell as the team had silly hats on and Camilla even sported some wooly gloves, nothing like stylish ey talk about letting the side down.  I merely rolled in sufficient mud to provide me with a natty organic coat, nothing like a Beardie rolled in Sussex clay – beeeuuutiful.

Camilla has a new camera, which I understand as I am after-all very handsome, but twenty photos of the Balcombe viaduct, (aka Ouse viaduct), seems extreme.  OK Annie tells me it is made of 11 Million bricks, has 37 arches, was built in 1841 and is used by over 110 trains every day – how exciting – yawn – oh dear! 

Viaduct with Rufus

OK so the viaduct makes for a good pic, because I am in it!

We strode on, as ever, two little detours very early on (well done Millsy) but we eventually made our way to lunch, at the Half Moon Pub in Balcombe.  Apparently this place has not been gastronised hence still sported the traditional worn carpet, dart board and a pub menu that folk could afford. Come on girls get something I can nab, steak and kidney perhaps? Oh well done Camilla, ham-egg-chips, yummy now lets see my moves.

Brilliant she cannot see I come.

Quick pit stop then straight into the second phase or our mud fest.  Take note this walk is VERY muddy so even though only an 8 miler it made for slightly slower walking, that and the inability of girls to read maps – Bodge help.   After the quick detour, yes another one, we found our way to the East side of the reservoir and it was well worth the wait; silent, mostly frozen and v v picturesque. 

The lake house, room for one!

A walk without challenges, the light was poor for our day but this is a walk that is well worth doing.  The Half Moon is a bit tired but was excellent value and that ham was 100 % home-made and carved, yummy woof woof.

Rufus Rambles into 2011 and is still loving it.

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