Wild camping on the South Downs
In early April 2017 at about 2pm on a sunny Saturday afternoon I decided it was too nice a day, and too nice a forecast to stay at home. With some mildly frantic googling I settled on the South Downs and a wildcamp for an impromptu solo adventure.
2 hours later I was on a train with a rucksack, bivvy bag and almost half a plan. I caught the train in to Eastbourne with the intention of hiking the start of the South Downs way, stopping for for a pub dinner, before bivvying somewhere for the night.
Setting off from London at 3pm meant it was already gone 5 when I arrived and got on the path
An inquisitive horse near to where I found some dinner in a local pub.
With the sun about to set, my eyes darted about for an appropriate discrete place to camp. You want some place not totally in view of the path, but seeing those spots from the path is tricky. There had been a race on the South Downs that day, so despite the dwindling light, there were still plenty of people about.
Eventually I found a doughnut shaped rise and indentation in the ground (a burial mound?) - elongated enough to hide a bivvy bag in the centre. With a pretty stunning view over the countryside to the north.
I’d like to eventually complete the full South Downs way this way - though haven’t managed any more sections just yet.