South Downs way is a 100 miles hiking route from Winchester to Eastbourne. On a windy summer day, we took the train from London Victoria and hiked the Hassocks to Lewes section. The hike is overall fairly easy. A short but steep ascend outside Hassock landed us on the South Downs Way trail, and the route stays high and flat all the way till Lewes. For the major part of the trail passes farmland and woodland, with continuous great views over the villages in the valley. But our biggest highlights are the blackberries! At the end of the hike we had collected our smoothies and berry compote for the following week!
Margate and Ramsgate are both former great British seaside resort towns once filled with middle-class holiday goers. Almost fall into despair at the end of 20th Century, they now once again frequented by day trippers thanks to its close proximity to London, in a humble way though. The walking route from Ramsgate to Margate is mostly along the coast, a big portion of is actually on the beach, if one chose the low path at low tide, makes it a perfect day-out for some sand walking and seafood sampling.
Located in the middle of the island, Miyanoura- dake is the highest peak on Yakushima, as well as the highest mountain in south Japan. We couldn’t believe our luck to wake up with another sunny morning, a perfect start for a long hike. The most common starting point is Yodogawa Mountain trail entrance, though it is possible to access the peak from west Hanayama entrance or even continued from Jyomon-Sugi. At this point we have learned that all the trails here are connected. There are basic huts in the forest, so one can do a multi-day circular trek visiting all the places if equipped with camping gear.