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Sussex Life: Happy Friday!

Hello, welcome and hurrah! It’s nearly the weekend, so here’s your weekly dose of Sussex life.

We’ve certainly enjoyed some bracing weather over the last month here in Sussex, with temperatures dropping well below zero. I don’t know about you, but I always think there’s nothing better at times like this than a good stomp around the countryside, followed by some good local fodder curled up in front of a warm fire.

With this in mind, this month I set off on one of my favourite walks, which takes you through Roman Woods in between Warnham and Rudgwick. There are various routes you can try including a long version which takes in the pubs at Rowhook, Warnham, and Slinfold – when they’re open! I won’t lie, the woods do get muddy in parts at this time of year but the upside is that you rarely meet anyone and you really feel like you’ve found somewhere special.  If you don’t fancy it now, save details of the route and try this walk in the summer when hopefully, the pubs will be open again and the woods take on a magical feel. 

I don’t know about you but having had a good stomp, I always need decent food. So this month I caught up with Chris Heyes who produces Blue Clouds cheese on the Balcombe Estate and he was kind enough to share his very own blue cheese toastie recipe. Just what the doctor ordered. You can also find out a bit more about his Blue Cloud Thinking story! It’s great to see a local artisan doing well despite the challenges of the last year.

I also always think once you’ve exercised your body, and filled your tum, to achieve the perfect balance you need something for the mind too. So when your toasties are done, why not step back in time and visit Chichester in 1883 – with our first-hand account! Do you still recognise the town the author describes? And can you believe that the effects of the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 could be seen in sleepy West Sussex!!

If you’re a trail runner in the Chichester area, you might also want to have a think about pirates! Salomon ambassador, trail runner, and founder of Run with KARIBU, Sam Lutman-Pauc, has launched a series of treasure hunt trail runs over and around the South Downs which are just perfect for getting outside, getting active, and getting off the beaten track! All whilst being completely Covid safe!

Finally, if you’ve found yourself working from home in the long months since the first lockdown, you’ll know how easy it is for work to creep into home life. With that in mind, local business consultant, Janette Whitney has shared some simple but effective advice to help you ensure you keep a clear line between the two!

That’s it for now, keep warm, enjoy Sussex life and have a great weekend,



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Here are the details of this month’s Sussex life delights:


A stomp around the woods:  Romans and Rudgwick


sussex walks


Blue cloud thinking by our local Cheeseman: Blue Cloud Thinking 


sussex cheese


A hearty cheese toastie to warm you right through: Blue Clouds and Ham Sourdough Toasties 


Sussex cheese toasties


Living history, with a look back in time to: Chichester in 1883 


Chichester Sussex


Hunt for treasure and enjoy trail running solo: Treasure Trails and Pirates! 


Sussex trail runners
Photo credit to Run with KARIBU

Working from home? Make sure you keep a good work-life balance with: Creating Space


Sussex home working

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