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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sunday walk: Lewes to Berwick

Book 2 walk 25 + [Berwick ending]
Length: About 17.5km, 11 miles, (or 8 miles, starting at Glynde). Toughness: 4 out of 10
A favourite walk visiting two favourite pubs. The morning goes over the downs, through Glynde, and on to lunch in the characterful Ram Inn in West Firle, a pretty flintstone village. 
The afternoon takes you past Charleston Farmhouse (01323 811 265) and Berwick Church, both lavishly decorated by members of the Bloomsbury Group.
To visit the house and garden costs £12.50 (That’s the Green Traveller price for arriving on foot) or £4.50 for the garden only. Berwick Church, reached later, is free and open at most times.
Trains: Get the 09:46 Ore train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 09:53), arriving Lewes at 10:49.
It is also possible to miss out the morning’s climb by starting at Glynde. To do that, get the 9:55 from Victoria to Brighton (Clapham Junction  10:02), changing at Brighton for the 11:05 to Eastbourne (don’t hang about, go directly to platform 7). Arrives Glynde 11:26
Trains back from Berwick are at xx:55, changing at Lewes. Get a day return to Berwick (Sussex). The "Sussex" bit is important.
The Ram, West Firle 01273 858222 (the earlier Trevor Arms still seems closed).
Charleston Farmhouse has a tea shop, which is accessible without entry fee.
The Rose Cottage pub in Alciston closes at 4 on Sundays.
The Cricketers Arms (01323 870 469), 4½ km after Charleston, is a favourite,  and "open all day, every day". They do tea and they have a nice garden. Depending on the route you take, you still have a 2 or 3 km. walk to Berwick station, so allow time to reach it (30 or 40 minutes).
There’s also the  Berwick Inn  01323 870018, near the station, which has a pleasant garden. 12-10 pm on Sundays.
Directions: You need two sets of directions, both available here
 - The main Lewes via West Firle walk  (the "Download Walk" button)  plus
 - the Berwick ending (the “Lewes to Berwick option” button)
Tip: if taking the shorter route to Berwick Station, the cycleway on the left is preferable to the final stretch of road.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

N=12 on this walk 3 of whom drove to the pub and then supposedly did some walking in the afternoon. Weather was W=hot-sunny-all-day. He Ram in West Firle was busy but the food did not disappoint. Walkers need to know that there is a pub garden that is excellent but easy to miss. After lunch though we tired we shopped at a produce stall and tea was taken at the Cricketers who also did not disappoint by serving glorious knickerbocker glories though this caused them to miss their train.
Sarah H