A good walk: East Dean and the South Downs Way, West Sussex

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Christopher Somerville

Published at 12:01AM, February 7 2015

The pretty village of East Dean in a crook of the South Downs is a perfect departure and return point for this walk

A blustery, breezy sky over West Sussex, with marching rain clouds and brilliant blue intervals. The village of East Dean in a crook of the South Downs is all you want on such a day � as pretty as a picture, flint-built, with its simple cruciform Norman church, the snug little Star & Garter Inn, and a tree-hung pond from whose modest waters whelms the River Lavant.

In between spits of rain and windows of sunshine I climbed an old holloway sunk deep into chalk and flint, heading north for the dark ridge of the downs. A bench perfectly placed to

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