Today’s statistics: 10 miles, ascent 951′, descent 1398′.

The breakfast area at The Bull was decorated with memorabilia from WWII which we checked out while waiting for our breakfast. On the ceiling were “Victory” postage stamps that had been placed there whenever an enemy aircraft was shot down. Notice the original ceiling within the frame. Unfortunately, a previous owner who did not recognize their significance painted over most of them.

Preserved victory stamp on the ceiling placed there by a WWII pilot

When we moved out onto the trail, two curious lambs bravely stood their ground as we passed.

curious sheep

As usual, we took in the beautiful views across the Weald.

view across the weald

The earth in this part of England is riddled with flint, which apparently is created as marine animals decompose above a chalk base, with the skeletal silica combining with the chalk. It appears to be good building material as many of the homes we encountered were covered in flint.

cottage made of flint

Today was marked by open field walking and lovely woods.

approaching North Wood

The path skirted around fields of crops as we entered Bush Valley.

entering Bush Valley

We came upon the tiny hamlet of Upper Bush. The cottages in this village could have belonged in a fairytale.

High Birch cottage in Upper Bush

We spied a mile marker in the center of the village.

mile marker in Upper Bush

Just down the road and past one more field, we found the North Downs Barn B&B where we would stay for two nights.

North Downs B&B

Our hosts had converted a huge barn into this very attractive B&B. We were free to walk in their bountiful garden and open areas, petting the dogs, cats and horses. Our room was very charming and cozy.

North Downs Barn bedroom

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