Berwick Village - Bostal Hill - Camp Hill, Cradle Hill - Cuckmere Valley - Alfriston - Berwick

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Berwick Village, a tiny hamlet nestled below the north slopes of the South Downs, is the hub for this circular route which offers some breathtaking views, tranquil and off the beaten track places, diverse and newly created landscapes and historic places. Setting out from the centre of this tiny hamlet we cross unspoiled downland (abundant with wild orchids in early summer) to gain the South Downs Way (SDW) on the summit ridge. There are huge views over the Sussex Weald to enjoy. At Bostal Hill we turn away from the popular long-distance path into the lonely tranquillity above Greenway Bottom with usually only the skylarks for company. Back on a ridge again at Camp Hill, the valley below suddenly changes from arable to the neatly planted vines of the new Rathfinny Vineyard Estate. Next comes the stunning grassy descent into the Cuckmere Valley, with another huge view coastwise to the sea. After an opportunity for refreshments in Litlington we follow the River Cuckmere upstream to historic Alfriston with its beautiful cathedral church and green. The final section is back across fields to Berwick Village and its famous (Grade 1 listed) church containing fascinating murals painted by the Bloomsbury Group in the early 1940s.

England - South England - East Sussex - South Downs

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets

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27.4 Miles