'Comets and curry' weekend away - CONFIRMED

Sat 19th Nov 2016

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
2@c17ml.
Start Time
TBC
Route
Meet Eastbourne rail station. Visiting the Royal Greenwich Observatory for "curry and comets" evening talk, overnight at nearby Bader Centre at Herstmonceux castle

Return walks from / to Eastbourne (15-20 mi) on Sat and Sun

General Notes
Start and Finish

Entry Details:

Cost

Walk Report

'Comets and Curry' Weekend Away Day 1, Saturday 19th November 2016
18 walkers, 14.5 miles - leader Adam Dawson
A very promising start to our hike on Saturday from Eastbourne to Herstmonceux. Fantastic views from the South Downs Way at the start, then down across the Pevensey Levels. Sadly the clouds rolled in during the afternoon and by 3pm it was pouring. Staying at the Bader Centre on Saturday, courtesy of Queens University, Canada, then off up to the nearby observatory for the evening. The storm Angus which hit us at about 7pm and lasted all night put an end to hopes of stargazing - still the curry was excellent, the talk on meteorites fascinating, and the tour of the telescopes really interesting.
Thanks to Angus' attentions the viewing conditions at the observatory weren't exactly ideal, but we did learn that every day cosmic dust adds 40 tonnes to the earth's weight, and that an earth tide somewhat improbably causes Herstmonceux to rise and fall by 8 inches every day. And more useful facts about telescopes than it is possible to recall.
Photographs by Adam Dawson

GPX

Download a GPX file by clicking the link below

(Note downloads are available to Members only and are used at Members Own Risk)

Login to Download  (Members Only)


You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

 
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.

Gallery


Maps:

You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

Show Hostel Accommodation

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.