For the second day of my friends’ visit I had decided to take them to Devil’s Dyke, a local beauty spot which John Constable painted and described as the grandest view on earth.
It has commanding views over Sussex and beyond.
Sadly there was a sea fret which created a pea souper that meant one could hardly see beyond one’s nose and had to rely on the helpful maps.
Undeterred we moved onto Ditchling Beacon where Roger Moore and Vera Lynn had homes.
This has an ascent which attracts and defeats many an amateur cyclist.
Finally I showed my friends Stanmer House, a period stately home set in expansive grounds near the university, sometimes describes as “Brighton’s best kept secret”.
Their day culminated in an lunch al fresco at English’s.
At key points my plan had to be adapted because of the weather but my friends wanted to return on the strengths of the old saying “less is more”.