I took a brief pre-breakfast walk in the gardens at West Dean this morning, following the route of the River Lavant. This unassuming watercourse is a winterbourne; a river that flows only in the winter. Its source rises through chalk, not far from West Dean, so the water is crystal clear and, most of the time, it appears to be barely more than a stream, gently meandering through the Sussex countryside. However, it does change in size sometimes and in 1994, after particularly heavy rainfall, it broke its banks and flooded the city of Chichester, further downstream. Today though it was in a placid mood and I had a very peaceful morning stroll.
12 March 2017