December 2012 - Hike #10
Troop hike #10. Amberley Wildbrooks
At least four Scouts had other commitments
this weekend so in the end only three were
able to come along. Those unfortunate
enough not to make it missed a beautiful
sunny walk along the Downs and through
the huge muddy marsh known as Amberley
Chantry Hill car park sits right up on the
South Downs above Storrington and right
from the off we had beautiful blue skies with
only small cirrus clouds above us. We soon
came upon a very picturesque dewpond
that is used to water the cattle and soon
after that we stopped to chat to a
horse rider about her big black horse
After a mile Andy headed back to the
minibus and drove it to the lunch spot at
Amberley. Everyone else carried on past
Kithurst Hill and Rackham Hill, seeing
Yellowhammer and Buzzard on the way,
before meeting Andy again two hours later
for sausages and tea at Amberley church.
Tim then took over as minibus driver and
would meet us all again at Greatham
The next stage for the intrepid hikers was through the ridiculously muddy wildbrooks, which everyone really enjoyed. Some people managed to get their
feet completely soaked but they didn’t seem to care too much. Splashing through the puddles and mud was great fun.
In the wildbrooks we saw hundreds of Fallow Deer as well as Lapwing, Wren, Kestrel, Robin, Blackbird, Pigeon, Jackdaw, Wigeon and Mallard. At Quell
Farm we saw two Donkeys and Jamie found a Rabbit skull.
Finally we made it to Greatham Bridge for a well deserved cuppa after which we set off for a short stroll across Coldwaltham Brooks hoping to see a
Barn Owl. We didn’t have long to wait as one came out of the bushes ahead of us, crossed the brooks and then disappeared into the reed beds. We
walked on a bit further as the sun set behind the hills and then we retraced our steps. The Barn Owl appeared once again to give us all another good
view of it hunting before it once again evaporated into the darkness.