Back From Our Walk


Phyllis and I just finished our multi-day walk along part of the South Downs Way. There are few things more lovely than the English countryside in the spring. And sharing that with old and dear friends that introduced the two of us and who have shared many thousands of miles on Morgan’s Cloud made it doubly-special.

We are now back in work mode, although we will be in England for a few more days visiting my brother, before heading off to Germany to teach our High Latitude Course.

Comments are now turned back on and we will resume regular posting in the next day or so.

In the meantime, we have shared a few photographs from the walk.

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We walked through rolling hills alive with the blooming of spring.


And quaint villages full of thatch-roofed cottages.


There were wild flowers everywhere.


And a welcoming pub at the end of each day.


On the last day we left the fields of the South Downs for the spectacular shoreline with its vertical chalk cliffs.


Beachy Head was our last steep climb of many.


We ended our walk at the Victorian seaside town of Eastbourne.


With its iconic pier complete with amusements and tea rooms.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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6 comments … add one
  • John Harries May 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Oops, Sorry. Comments really are back now. I forgot to set a flag this morning so they were closed all day on this post.

  • Doug May 4, 2014, 12:18 pm

    John’s photos make it all look terribly glamorous.
    Looking forward to hearing a touch of reality from Phyllis.
    See you in Maine, we hope

    • John May 5, 2014, 4:55 am

      Hi Doug,

      OK, I admit it, my feet do hurt.

  • FAIVET May 5, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Tres belles photos typiques

  • Roger May 13, 2014, 11:34 pm

    Looks wonderful, and of course great photos. We leave next week to walk from Falmouth to Plymouth (~120 Km) along a portion of the SW Coast Path. Lots of marine history along the way.


    • John May 14, 2014, 1:47 pm

      Hi Roger,

      Have a great walk, the West Country, where I went to school, is loverly.

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