By David Bathurst

The fundamental consultant to the easiest walks in attractive Sussex. David Bathurst returns to percentage his favorite walks within the Sussex geographical region. The 16 walks comprise: most sensible Ghost stroll, top Coastal stroll, top Teashop stroll and top Pub stroll. starting from flat routes compatible for households, via to the easiest problem stroll for the extra adventurous, there's something for everybody during this integral publication. each one bankruptcy is followed through an in depth map, a distance and time planner, and is complemented by way of Terry Whitlock's fascinating line drawings.

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You are now following the course of the South Downs Way. This path can be muddy in winter, but the surroundings are delightful, with the waters of the Cuckmere to the right and peaceful meadows to the left. Dragonflies, damselflies and swans can all be seen here. In less than a mile, the buildings of our next village, Litlington, come into view. Your path seems to be making a beeline for them, but then swings right, through a gate, and shortly swings left on what is now a metalled surface. Very soon you arrive at the road and the centre of Litlington.

The two real historical gems of Alfriston are away from the village centre: the church of St Andrew, and the Clergy House that stands beside it. The Clergy House is a thatched and timbered building that has the distinction of being the first property to be acquired by the National Trust, for the princely sum of £10. Built around 1350, and lived in by vicars in medieval times, it is a superb example of a fourteenth-century Wealden hall house, and has been sensitively and skilfully renovated. Around the house is a fine traditional cottage garden containing many unusual flowers.

To your left, across the field, is Lullington Church, one of the smallest in the country with room for about 20 people – it is actually the chancel of a much larger building, and contains some fourteenth-century work. It is worth detouring to it from our route. Our route continues downhill to reach a T-junction with a wider track; a left turn leads to Lullington Church, but our way is right, very soon arriving at a road, passing the splendidly named Plonk Barn. Turn right onto the road then immediately left onto a path that very shortly arrives at the footbridge where you began.

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