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Walks, talks and visitsCharleston: A Walking Map

A Walking Map-page-001The map contains three walks exploring the landscape local to Charleston. Focusing on footpaths located at the foot of the Downs, the walks range from a shorter stroll that can be completed in an hour to a longer walk that stops at Berwick Church allowing you to see the beautiful murals painted by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in World War Two. All walks start from Charleston and use sections of the Old Coach Road, the tranquil ‘green lane’ which follows the base of the Downs, parallel with the A27. The villages of Firle, Alciston and Berwick lie along a spring line, where the chalk escarpment meets impermeable clay.

Please note that Walks 2 & 3 can be muddy in parts after wet weather and suitable clothing and footwear is advised. Timings are for a leisurely paced walk and there are some lovely pubs on route.

Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Transport Fund.
Walking map designed by Anna and Penny Fewster.

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Charleston sits in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Find out more about the region and what you can do here

Bloomsbury in Sussex

We are the perfect starting point to explore Bloomsbury in Sussex. Virginia Woolf’s home, Monk’s House, is in the nearby village of Rodmell. Murals painted by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant can be seen in Berwick church, all within 8 miles of Charleston.

Monks HouseMonk’s House

The Street, Rodmell, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HF
Open 1st April-25th October, Wednesday to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 1-5.30 (Last Entry at 5pm).
Telephone: 01273 474760
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Berwick ChurchBerwick Church

Berwick, East Sussex
Open everyday until dusk.
Telephone: 01323 870512
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Other nearby places of interest

Farleys House and Gallery:

Farleys was the home of photographer Lee Miller and the painter and biographer of Picasso, Roland Penrose.
Farley Farm House, Muddles Green, Chiddingly, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6HW
Visit their website
Tel: ++44(0) 1825 872 856

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft:

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an award winning museum located 10 minutes north of Brighton in the South Downs. It focuses on the artists and craftspeople who lived in the village at the start of the 20th Century.

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Glyndebourne is an English country house, the site of an opera house that, since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Visit their website

Sussex Past:

Six historic sites in Sussex, including Lewes Castle, Michelham Priory, and the Long Man of Wilmingon.
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Middle Farm:

Middle Farm is a working family farm with shop and seasonal events.
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Jerwood Gallery:

Modern British Art gallery in Hastings.
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De La Warr Pavillion:

Arts centre in Bexhill-on-Sea hosting performances, exhibitions and events.
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Contemporary Art museum in Eastbourne.
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