3 May 2003
The second hill of the weekend was Blackdown, near Haslemere in West Sussex.
A hill of very different character from Butser Hill, Blackdown is covered with a
National Trust forest.
A view from the top of the eastern escarpment
A solitary bluebell, the only one seen during the walk
The forest is a lovely mixture of deciduous and conifer, and very open and airy.
Much of the woodland around Haslemere is owned by the National Trust, no doubt
partly because Sir Robert Hunter, one of the three original founders of the
National Trust, lived in Haslemere from 1883 until his death in 1913. He was
Chairman of the Trust for 18 years from its foundation in 1895.
I had the fun of a little treasure hunt to find the trig point, which is on the
highest point (280m/919ft) but away from the main paths. Clearly it is now
useless for surveying purposes.
Gorse in flower
At the southern escarpment is this seat...
...and viewfinder. It was a little hazy today, but the South Downs were just
visible some 25-30 miles away. On a clear day the sea can be seen.