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As part of my explorations in Wiltshire, I climb to the Lansdowne Monument, near Cherhill to see the rolling countryside, the white horse and the obelisk.

The Lansdowne Monument, also known as the Cherhill Monument, near Cherhill in Wiltshire, England, is a 125 foot stone obelisk erected in 1845 by the 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne to the designs of Sir Charles Barry to commemorate his ancestor, Sir William Petty.

The monument was designated as Grade II* listed in 1986 and restored by the National Trust in 1990.
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Join me for a chat while I stay in Wiltshire.
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I am in Wiltshire and occasionally things catch my eye and I have to stop and reach for the camera. This is a point in case. After talking to a local chap, I gather this bike is a bit of a landmark around these parts. Based on the British Royal Enfield, It was built by one Tobe Welsby from 3,000 foot of scaffold tubing.

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It's been a while since Marq English and I got together to collaborate on a video. Today we go an unusual church on the county border and explore some of the lesser known aspects of religious architecture.

Marq has a YouTube channel and you can follow him here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRQwNme2J_oyRIeh1WY61g

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Today I am luck enough to have a go a fifty-five-year-old tractor. Ian Mccaughan, from Liss in Hampshire, invited me up to his field to have a go on his McCormick International and try my hand at cutting grass. How could I resist?

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This is the third part of three episodes. I have returned to Michael and Jane Joseph's species rich wild flower meadow that I filmed in June 2020. The hay is removed to another location, and I meet Sarah who is going to sow the seeds to make a replica meadow.

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This is the Second part of three episodes. I have returned to Michael and Jane Joseph's species rich wild flower meadow that I filmed in June 2020. Michael is demonstrating how to harvest the meadow. He explains the importance of growing wild flowers, and how it can benefit both farmers and their customers, as well as increase their productivity and lower expenses.

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I have enlisted the help of Richard Suggett, from the Veg Grower Podcast, to help me with my filming today. We are shooting the second part of my In Search of Sussex video following a walk from Devil's Dyke to Kingston in West Sussex, but we have to stay six feet apart because fo the Coronavirus rules. It's not easy!

Richard Suggett's podcast can be found here: https://theveggrowerpodcast.co.uk/

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I am reading HV Morton's Two Englands written in 1939-1940.

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As a footnote to my video walking down the Sussex Border Path recently, I take a stroll along the Monarch's Way to search for a Trig Point north of Portslade on the South Downs. I start at the Foredown Tower, that at one time was a water tower for the now long gone Hangleton Hospital for Infectious Diseases. The poppy are out, as are other beautiful flowers. I even stumble across a dew pond.

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I am following the footsteps of Arthur Stanley Cooke in his book Off The Beaten Track. This time I am walking from Devil's Dyke in West Sussex towards Mile Oak along the Sussex Border Path with the aim to reach Southwick and later Kingston. If you are following the text in the book, it's Chapter Five.
Download the book here for free: https://archive.org/details/offbeatentrackin00cookuoft/page/xiv/mode/2up
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I am reading HV Morton's Two Englands written in 1939-1940.

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I have gone for an impromptu walk over the South Downs to the east of upper Beeding. The weather is muggy and the clouds are grey, but the landscape is super and the wild flowers raise my spirits. It is a wonderful place. Even a short walk on the Sussex chalky hills can clear the mind and drive the stress away. Come and join me on a simple stroll.

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I have been following Arthur Stanley Cooke, the author of Off The Beaten Track, written 100 years ago as he tramps over Sussex. In this four part mini-series, I finally arrive at the tiny downland village of Edburton and end up at St Andrew's Church. On my route I pass an old manor house, a Norman Castle and a four-story timber-framed house.
Note: My mistake: The Rape of Bramber was separated out of the neighbouring rapes of Arundel and Lewes and entrusted to one of his knights, William de Braose, 1st Lord of Bramber.
You can download the text from the book and follow my journey: https://archive.org/details/offbeatentrackin00cookuoft/page/xiv/mode/2up

Videos mentioned in the episode are

Fulking Village: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXrLADL4_2c&t=152s
Edburton Castle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzMd9w3OMzM

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I was once asked by a viewer, 'how do you plan your walks?'. The answer is I look at maps. The best map in the UK is the Ordnance Survey map in paper form which you take with you. But there are other maps to use while planing a route.

Maps mentioned in the video:
Side by Side Maps: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=5&lat=56.00000&lon=-4.00000&layers=1&right=BingHyb
Bing Maps: https://www.bing.com
Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps

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I am following in the footsteps of Arthur Stanley Cooke, author of Off The Beaten Track, a book about Sussex published a hundred years ago. In this episode I am approaching the rural village of Poynings from Devil's Dyke. I seek out the source of its water, look for the old water mill and mill pond, have a stroll around the church and gaze lovingly at the old houses in the village.

You can download the text from the book and follow my journey: https://archive.org/details/offbeatentrackin00cookuoft/page/xiv/mode/2up

A video I made about Poynings Church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhIHSxvtCUo

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As a footnote to the main video in which I recently visited the beauty spot on the Sussex South Downs known as the Devil's Dyke, I take a walk along the Victorian built Dyke Railway Trail. There is a path, now tarmacked, along which steam locomotives and carriages full of day trippers, once travelled up the steep gradient to the famous landmark.
But the route is confusing and at times I even doubt I am on the right track.

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I am reading HV Morton's Two Englands written in 1939-1940.

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In today's episode, I thought I would go in search of the author that I have been following of late. One hundred years ago he wrote Off The Beaten Track, a celebration of walks in his beloved county of Sussex. But who was the man? How much do we know? And what tragedy befell him that surely shortened his life?

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This is a footnote to the recent 'special' In Search of Sussex presentation which follows Arthur Stanley Cooke's footsteps as presented in his book Off The Beath Track published in 1910. While Arthur doesn't walk this way in the book, I am sure he would have taken this route on other occasions.

I am back in Hangleton, in Hove, East Sussex, up at the 11th Century church there, St Helen's, and I am taking the old route to the top of Round Hill, south of Devil's Dyke in search of the Bronze Age burial mound. I also take a walk along the Devil's Dyke railway track.

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Part One of a walk following in the footsteps of Arthur Stanley Cooke, from his book, Off The Beaten Track (Chapter 4). This time I start at Portslade Station near Hove in East Sussex and head to Hangleton Place, (now Hangleton Manor) in Hangleton. I explore the meadow before the church, and later St Helen's itself, all that is left of the ancient village of Hangleton.

You can download the book's text for free and follow my journey here: https://archive.org/details/offbeatentrackin00cookuoft/page/xiv/mode/2up

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