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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Green Man
Saturday 9th February 2008
Berwick - Selmeston - Alciston - Firle Beacon - Southease - Lewes
12 miles

This was a good long walk in perfect conditions that took in: unspoilt little villages, the South Downs, the River Ouse and finally Lewes with its castle and Biddenden Cider on tap (The Brewers Arms). The walk also encompassed three picturesque churches, but which could have taken in at least another three. They are everywhere around here and were nearly all built by extremely rich wool merchants who wished to spend their money on making sure that they got to heaven. They date from the 14th Century (or before), but have been added to, restored, and, in some cases, almost rebuilt over the 700 years since. They all make great starting points for hikes in this area.
At Selmeston churchyard we watched as a mole cleared out his tunnel, but unfortunately we were unable to see the mole itself. At Alciston we were amazed by the huge medieval barn, probably the biggest we have ever seen, and by the church, which sits in one of the finest locations in Sussex. The church at Southease has a wonderful wild flower churchyard, which today was carpeted in snowdrops.

Selmeston Church

The view of the downs from between Selmeston and Alciston

The acceptable face of advertising.

Alciston barn

The mighty metropolis of Alciston seen from Bostal Hill

Southease Church with its distinctive round tower

Whatever the season, Southease Churchyard looks amazing

We want this car!

A barn owl on Lewes Brooks to end the day perfectly