Our third summit on the miserable afternoon of Thursday 29th May 2008, was Cliffe Hill G/SE-014, once the smallest SOTA summit in England - though no longer. The driving route took us back again to the A27, and then up the minor road through the village of Glynde. We located the end of Week Lane, opposite which was a convenient pull-in to leave the car.
The cold and drizzle was yet worsening, so we were now in full waterproofs and hoods. The initial walk up the Week Lane track (not really drivable) was interrupted by two bullocks that had escaped the neighbouring field. They were being watched over by scores more all lined up against the fence! We then climbed up the escarpment by the side of Saxon Cross Wood, and over a couple of stiles to the golf course. Unfortunately, one of the stiles was very loose and greasy, and Liam fell has he climbed, trapping his boot and ending up hanging upside down - and very upset! A big cuddle from his dad encouraged him to get walking again, although he now had a bad limp and was clearly in pain. Still, the trig point at the top of the golf course was in sight, so we were close enough to make that the objective and have a rest and snack there.
Again, contacts came on 2m FM, not quickly, but sufficiently that we did not have to consider setting HF up in the rain or even remove the rucksacks from our backs. There weren’t any answers to the CQ calls, but a local net of strong stations was happy to accommodate these two uninvited guests.
We returned to the car, taking extra care with the dangerous stile, and headed off for an evening activation of Ditchling Beacon G/SE-006 - and some tea.