Walking in Sussex
East and West Sussex offer a fascinating choice of landscapes in which to walk, each full of associations with English history to add interest along the way. The coast, now with a string of holiday resorts along its length, has seen many an attempted invasion, and many castles both Roman, medieval and Norman, bear witness to its defence.
Behind the coast lie the South Downs, a chalk Ridgeway of sweeping grassy slopes, home to Southdown sheep and the location of an ancient route, The south Downs Way, walked by stone age man. This natural barrier is cut by several lovely river valleys such as the Arun, Ouse and Cuckmere, which attract wildlife and anglers and provide some idyllic waterside walking.
On the north facing side of the South Downs a steep escarpment drops into the Vale of Sussex. Beyond, northwards lies The Weald, once an impenetrable forest growing on the Wealden clay, now an affluent countryside filled with glorious woods, pretty villages, orchards and hop farms with their characteristic conical oast-houses.
East Dean - Deep in the heart of the West Sussex Downs, the quiet and unspoilt village of East Dean is tucked away at the upper end of the valley of the River Lavant, a winterbourne stream, dry in summer but liable to dramatic flooding in a wet winter when the footpath across the valley can become temporarily impassable. The village, built largely of flint, consists of little more than a cluster of church, pub, farm and a handful of cottages gathered around the small village green and pond.
OS Maps: Explorer 121
A Walk from East Dean [SU 904130]
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