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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday Walk 1.... South downs, art and beer..... (or tea)

Lewes to Berwick
Book 2 walk 25 + download
Length: About 17.5km (11 miles), Toughness: 7/10
Can be shortened by 5km (3.1 miles) and turned into a 4/10 by starting at Glynde.

One of my favourite walks visiting two of my favourite pubs. The morning takes you over the downs, through Glynde, and on to lunch in the characterful Ram Inn in West Firle, a pretty flintstone village.
St Peters church in West Firle has a Piper window.
The afternoon takes you past Charleston Farmhouse (01323 811 265) and Berwick Church, both lavishly decorated by members of the Bloomsbury Group.
Charleston Farmhouse costs £11 for the whole visit or £4.50 for the garden only. There may be reductions for walkers.
The church, reached later, is free and open at most times.
Trains:
Get a day return to Berwick (Sussex). The "Sussex" bit is important.
For the Lewes start.
Get the 09:47 Ore train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 09:53), arriving Lewes at 10:48.
For the easier start at Glynde, you have several choices.
The Ore train calls at Glynde today, so you could just stay on the 09:47 till the next stop.
However, the 10:47 from Victoria reaches Glynde at 11:54. The Lewes starters would be passing through just about then.
It is also possible to travel via Brighton. Get to Glynde for 11:29 by taking the 10:06 from Victoria to Brighton (Clapham Junction 10:12) then, from Brighton, the 11:12 Ashford train.
Trains back from Berwick are at xx:41, changing at Brighton.
Lunch
The Ram Inn,West Firle 01273 858222
You could also stop at the Trevor Arms in Glynde 01273 858208 but the Ram's my favourite, OK?
Tea: 
Charleston Farmhouse has a tea shop, which is accessible without entry fee.
The Cricketers Arms, Berwick 01323 870 469, is another of my favourites, and "open all day, every day". They do tea and they have a nice garden. They have a (not immediately obvious) selection of cask ales behind the bar. You still have a 2 or 3 km.walk to Berwick station, so allow time to reach it. If taking the shorter route to the station, the cycleway to the left of the road is quieter.
There’s also the Berwick Inn  01323 870018, near the station, which has a pleasant garden.
Directions: You need two things:
For the morning, you need the directions for Book 2 walk 25, "Lewes via West Firle Circular".
For the afternoon you need the directions for “Lewes to Berwick option”
Both available here

1 comment:

Ian T said...

n=11 on this walk. 8 from Lewes, 2 who accidentally stayed on till Glynde but worthily backtracked up Mount Caburn to meet the others, and 1 lazy so and so off the later train to Glynde. A Mr Tiger, I think his name was.
w=starting_cloudy_overcast_a_bit_damp_but_hot_and_sunny_later. A dismal rainy unpromising start in London turned dry for the morning with blue skies and hot sun from 2.
Most had brought lunch but some ate at the Ram – the Trevor, apparently was packed.
No-one stopped at Charleston as far as I know.
The Cricketers‘ tea disappointed – one teabag in a pot for two, I’m told. But I can vouch for the beer. And the garden is still nice.
16:41 home.