Udimore - Brede Valley - Peasmarsh - Udimore
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The ancient and unusually-named village of Udimore sits on top of a ridge between the valleys of the Rivers Brede and Tillingham. Officially, its name means 'boundary of the woods', which is considerably less exciting than the rather more colourful legend associated with it. Dissatisfied with the chosen location of the church down by the river, a group of persistent (and presumably quite muscular) angels relocated the stones which the villagers had placed each day, to their preferred spot. This meant carrying them 'o'er the mere' - said quickly … Uddimere…. or Udimore, (get it?) It has to be said that the angels probably got it right in this case. St Mary's Church lies snuggled comfortably (and dry!), among a group of farm buildings. It is charming. Do pay a visit!
This walk dips into two river valleys, but in the gentlest of fashions! En route you will catch tantalising glimpses of hilltop towns Rye and Winchelsea, the new wind farm on Romney Marsh (in August 2008 under construction) and the blue line of the sea. Catch sight too of the occasional kingfisher, swans with their 'ugly duckling' cygnets, the vociferous marsh frog and of course, many hundreds of peacefully grazing sheep.
The middle part of the walk, above the Tillingham Valley, wanders beside ancient hedgerows and along lanes which must have been used for hundreds of years. Spot a boundary stone by the lane leading to Dew Farm and a field which was a rather smart, though isolated, cricket pitch until fairly recently. You can make a diversion to visit Peasmarsh Church, a mixture of Norman and 13th Century architecture, if you so wish, passing on the way one of my favourite country signposts which points rather vaguely to Romney Marsh. Approaching the church at Udimore from the road end, pause to appreciate the presence of the rare great crested newt Triturus cristatus. You'll see that an area has been fenced off in order to protect it, successfully halting, for the time being, the construction of a new village hall. How great can be the power of small and helpless creatures!
England - South England - East Sussex - Countryside
Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife
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