Wellbeing Walk went well!

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route of wellbeing walk marked out on map
Image generated from Sanoodi – click the image to access the zoomable map

Sussex’s Researcher Wellbeing Week was a great success last week, and in particular the rounding off of the week with a walk on Friday. The intrepid Chris Kempshall led a gaggle of fourteen researchers out of their natural habitat (campus) at 15:00 and off into the wilds of Stanmer Park. It felt great – we kept a moderate pace so we were able to talk without huffing and puffing, and we stopped regularly when we encountered landmarks along the way, such as the dew pond, Frankland Monument, the badger log and Stanmer Church. We stopped and had pots of tea at Stanmer House, then strolled back past campus and over the A27 to Falmer pond.

We searched in vain for the Farmers’ Market in Stanmer, but perhaps our information is a little <ahem> out of date… in any case, we finished up in The Swan for a well-earned drink (50p discount per drink with your student union card) and a chat in front of the fire at a few minutes after 5pm.

According to Sanoodi (a free online outdoor activity-mapping service) the walk from start to Swan was a round 3 miles, with an overall altitude gain of 144 metres.

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A bit more about the landmarks on the walk…

Dew ponds are a feature of the South Downs, appearing in many locations along the rolling hills. They are man-made ponds, built for the purpose of providing water for livestock. The dew pond behind the Attenborough Centre was created when the Brighton & Sussex Medical School was originally built, to offset the green space that was lost.

fallen tree sculpted into badgers
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The Frankland monument is listed, and was erected by Thomas, Lord Pelham, and his wife Ann, who was the daughter of Frederick Frankland.

The Badger log is a sculpture made from a tree that fell in the 1989 storm. The artist is Reece Ingram, and the sculpture was made in 1991. It’s deteriorating naturally, but you can see it in it’s better days here. It is set in an area called the ‘Pleasure Gardens’, behind Stanmer House.

Magnificent trees in the Pleasure Gardens in Stanmer Park
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Stanmer House is a lovely location for a pot of tea, homemade cake, and a chat. Perfect if you want to get off campus and are happy to walk. The ground floor is part cafe, part bar, part restaurant, and in the cooler months the open fires in each room are welcoming… as are the comfy leather sofas!

Stanmer church was declared redundant under licence from the Diocese a couple of years ago. Now the building is used as exhibition and event space, among other things. The ancient yew trees in the graveyard are beautiful, and their trunks so great in diameter that you can actually climb inside one of them.

wildfowl on Falmer pond
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Falmer pond – We saw ducks and geese at Falmer pond, apparently a common sight, though we didn’t spot the rats that live there.

The Swan – If you show your student ID at the bar, you’ll get 50p discount off your drink at The Swan – worth noting if you want to get off campus and stay local.


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    […] the heels of the successful Wellbeing Walk organised by the Doctoral School in March comes another opportunity to enjoy an afternoon away from work by stretching your legs and […]

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