The invitation to join our July walk mentioned “several climbs and descents” but Brian Manners, our guide for the month, knows Molesiders are always up for a challenge. The reward for everyone’s efforts were stunning views and a healthy sense of real achievement.
Pitch Hill, at just under 500 feet, is actually 15 feet lower than its neighbour Holmbury Hill which we conquered together in August last year, but the ascent of Pitch is known to take some walkers by surprise.
Brian has led many a Moleside walk over the years and the 20 members with him on this day knew they were in safe hands.
Sadly your reporter couldn’t be part of this 2023 adventure and clearly missed a spectacular occasion.
The outlook from the top was breathtaking and whilst the ladies in the team took the chance to record their climb Alec Robinson completed putting together the photographic ingredients for a spectacular panorama of the Weald and South Downs which he’s kindly sharing with us here.
There is a popular belief that it was this view from Pitch Hill that inspired Beatle George Harrison to compose Here Comes The Sun.
And the experience enjoyed by the Moleside walkers called for a restorative lunch delivered by the pub in Peaslake’s Hurtwood Hotel – certainly an eatery to add to the Moleside Walkers recommended list.
Thanks to Brian and group coordinator Steve Mustoe, and to Paul Walker and Alec who added their help with the photographs.
The next Moleside Walk is on Thursday 17 August.
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