Westmeston Bostall

One of my favourite places for a quick up-and-down walk on the Downs is Westmeston, a tiny village near Dithcling. The route up crosses above the Victoria V, a large a plantation of trees on the north scarp of the the Downs in the shape of an enormous “V”, which can be seen for miles around and was planted to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria. Legend has it that the planters originally intended to spell out “V&A”, but ran out of money. The descent follows the ancient shepherds’ track known as Westmeston Bostall, which has carved its way deeply into the chalk over the centuries.

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