the downs link stage 5 ...
bramber - steyning - henfield
We are early to bed and early to rise, so it is no sacrifice for us to get up, out and about as day breaks, this way we get to see a lot of wildlife waking up too. Just as we set off on the stretch from Henfield a large fox ran out in front of our path, a real beauty. In the blink an eye it had disappeared into the undergrowth, so unfortunately I wasn't able to get a photo.
The Downs Link follows former railway lines, and just south of the station site in Henfield is a small housing estate aptly named 'Beechings', a reference to Dr Beeching who was the minister responsible for railway closures in 1966. The last passenger train left Steyning carrying a wreath on its buffers which read 'in loving memory of the faithful'.
The White Hart public house dates back to the 17th century, with low beams, candlelit spaces and an inglenook fireplace.
A picturesque red tile and brick building, T Miles and Son, blacksmiths.
Gold is for the mistress
silver for the maid
copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.
Good! said the Baron, sitting in his hall
but iron, cold iron
is master of them all - Rudyard Kipling