South Downs Walking is a collection of motivational locations, inspirational photos and wellbeing words from the soul. Follow my personal journey as I discover a love of hiking England and writing. Through the changing seasons I walk the ground, listening to the landscape. Some of my favourite West Sussex and East Sussex South Downs Way hikes for all abilities.
South Downs Walking is a collection of my photos, my route maps, my words and a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. I hope you will enjoy the journey with me and my words and photos will inspire you to explore your local area on foot.
Walking changes your view of the world, just looking down on the many quaint villages from the South Downs escarpment makes me realise how important nature and the outdoors is.
The South Downs Way, a famous national trail in Southern England, is over 100 miles long but combine that with the sheer number of “secondary” public footpaths and OS Map trails, and you can never run out of places to visit on foot. Thru-hikers, dog walkers, leisure ramblers already appreciate the beauty of the Downs. I hope this book will inspire you to visit some of the locations that I have walked.
Charming villages, open hilltops, soaring coastal cliffs. The South Downs has it all, for walkers of all abilities. Day hikes, thru-hiking, a leisurely stroll with the dog.
About the Author
I'm Malcolm Oakley, born in the very early 1970s, so at the time of writing this opening sentence, I'm in my 40 somethings. An age I'm very happy with. I hope my words and photos will motivate you into walking more often, perhaps a longer evening stroll or a weekend ramble. Walking changes your view of the world, just looking down on my home village from the South Downs ridge makes me realise how important nature and the outdoors is. I grew up in Essex and suburban London, good fun. Out on my bicycle for hours on end. A large park nearby and a small but close family who also enjoyed a trip to the beach as often as possible; essential occupation for a young boy. I've travelled much of Southern England, having lived here on and off for most of my life so far. I was fortunate to spend a couple of years living near the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland and also for a time, I lived in Girvan Scotland. Plenty of coast and hills to keep me happy.