Unplanned day of work today, so took advantage of the good weather and ventured east to the South Downs of East Sussex. On the road by 05:45, just as the sun was rising, to enjoy the peace and quiet of a fresh morning's walk. Arrived at the car park at the western end of Friston Forest after a pleasant drive, and was on my way up to Seven Sisters Cliffs by 07:40. First time in this area, and brilliant views on such a cracking morning. Gentle up-and-down walk along the South Downs Way brought me to Beachy Head by 10:00. Time for a coffee, sandwich and 20 minutes in the sun, then off inland on the route back. Started inland from near Belle Tout, working my way around west to Cornish Farm, then north up to East Dean. Followed a path up to the edge of Friston, then into Friston Forest, going west along to Westdean. A short walk over a hill took me back to the car park. Brilliant 13 mile walk with stunning cliff views. Slide show from along the route at web address below. -- sandy saunders @ www.thewalkzone.co.uk email: saunders.sandy at ntlworld.com 'Mountains or Mole Hills ... summiting still brings the same excitement'