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South Downs Way

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Yesterday, a friend and I finally finished our walk along the South Downs Way, through 4 counties and two national parks.  It is 100 miles long and you climb (and descend) 13,600 ft.  You can see from the profile above it is all up and down… subjectively much more up than down, but in truth the descents are almost as tough.

We weren’t able to do the journey in a single hit due to work commitments, but we it took us longer than we ever thought to find the six days it took us.  It takes you through some fabulous countryside with some breath-taking views.  However, by-and-large, it is very undeveloped with only two pubs on the whole length of the walk. 

It is a very do ‘able challenge, with some people cycling it in a single day!  However, it is reasonably demanding and takes some planning.  There is a fair amount of logistics involved it getting to and back from the end of each stretch.  You clearly need to plot your route and stay on it.  If you put all this together it isn’t so different from any business project – planning, support, execution.  There were times when you feel good about it and other times when it would be easy to just stop.  Sometimes you feel inspired by the challenge and other times it seems more daunting.  In the end, all you can do is take the next step and worry about the rest later, and in the end, that does get you there.

My favourite stretch was the bit from Devil’s Dyke to Rodmell where you walk on the ridge of the hills and have views to the south out to sea and and across the Weald to the north and the next bit to Alfriston and our second pub was good too!  I have always loved the metaphor of the journey when talking about Change and taking one with someone else is a great opportunity to get to know them and bond.  Companies often spend huge amounts on team building days but something like this can be a great way to get to know your colleagues and build a real and lingering sense of teamwork.