Downland View near Charleston

Downland view near Charleston

Charleston – A Walking Map (PDF)

  • choice of 3 walks, 2km – 8.5 km.
  • walks originate from Charleston,  the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury Group
  • some stiles, mainly flat
  • good downland pubs – Cricketers at Berwick, Ram Inn at Firle and Rose Cottage Inn at Alciston, Beanstalk Tea Gardens near Firle
  • accessible by bus (check the Charleston website and plan ahead!)

cup of teabushistoric attraction

Charleston was the home and country meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group, the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The house and garden is open to the public and there is an exhibition gallery showing a mix of contemporary and historical shows of fine and decorative art and a small tea room.

These three walks from Charleston offer far reaching views over the Sussex Weald and towards the nearby Downland ridge whilst visiting some sites associated with the Bloomsbury group.

The first walk offers a short ramble around Charleston whilst the second heads to the attractive downland village of Firle,  passing Firle Place on the way. The longer third walk heads to Berwick where the church has murals painted by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and  Quentin Bell.