A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Tag: Medieval Wall Paintings

Pulborough – The History Walk

Stopham Bridge

Pulborough: The History Walk (Pulborough Community Partnership, PDF – not currently available, website is being redeveloped, there is a small map here – http://www.houseonthebrooks.co.uk/local-walks/4579780674).

  • 4.8-6.5 km circular walk (3-4 miles). Allow 2.5-3.5 hours.
  • White Hart at Stopham Bridge, Oddfellows Arms near start/end in Pulborough
  • Terrain: easy, can be slippery in places when wet, no stiles

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This is a circular walk through more than 2000 years of local history with some very scenic views of the River Arun and the South Downs. Highlights include St Botolph’s Church at Hardham with its medieval wall paintings and Old Stopham Bridge, a medieval bridge with seven arches was built in 1309 to provide a secure crossing of the river for the road from Winchester to Canterbury. The picturesque White Hart is right beside the bridge. You will also walk along the route of the old Roman road, Stane Street.

St Botolph’s Church has one the earliest nearly complete series of wall paintings in the whole country, and is one of the Lewes Group of churches which includes churches with other outstanding wall paintings at Clayton and Coombes (see Sussex Churches).

Other Pulborough walks in this series include The Woodland Walk (PDF) and The Brooks Walk (PDF).

For an alternative walk around Stopham, see the Stopham Circular (Evening Argus, 4.5 miles)

Jack and Jill Windmills Walk

Clayton Church

Hassocks Jack and Jill Walk (PDF, Visit Hassocks)

  • 4 miles circular walk
  • one steep climb to top of downs
  • pubs, cafes and toilet in Hassocks, Jack and Jill pub at Clayton.
  • accessible by bus and train

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A Short Walk of 4 miles (6.4km) from Hassocks Railway Station and on to the South Downs to visit  the Jack and Jill Windmills high above the small hamlet of  Clayton. Make sure you visit the church of St John the Baptist in Clayton to see its rare 12th century wall paintings, painted by monks from Lewes Priory.

This is Walk 2 of the ‘Circular Walks Around Hassocks’ series of walks by the Hassocks Community Partnership. Walk 1 covers some of the same ground and features Butcher’s Wood, a lovely wood, especially in Spring when its floor is carpeted with bluebells and wood anemones.