Alciston to Selmeston

Alciston to Selmeston   1.7 km / 1.1 miles


Leave the church and walk down the path to the road. To your right is a 14th century dovecote and beyond a 16th century tythe barn, one of the largest in Sussex. The group of buildings are the remains of a Priory Grange run by monks from Battle Abbey. Cross the road diagonally and, to the right of the gate, go over the stile into the pasture field. Follow the path diagonally across the field and then through the next field, travelling NNW, down to a hedge and small stream. Cross the small seasonal stream and turn right along the field edge. Walk north, keeping the hedge on your right until you reach a fence running west (a footpath leads off to the right). Go through the gate and turn immediately left and walk up the fence line keeping it on your left until you reach a hedge. Turn right and follow the hedge down to a gate and bridge over a small stream. Go through the gate and walk up the pasture field with the hedge on your right.

The grassy craters in this field may be German bomb craters discharged on the return journey from a raid. Continue up to the road (50 yds to your left is the entrance to Sarah Walton’s ceramics). Cross the road and slightly and take a footpath which leads off between two hedges on your left. Follow this path straight ahead and over a stile until you reach the A27. To your left is the Barley Mow pub where refreshments can be had.

Cross the A27 with great care as the traffic is heavy and fast. Walk down the road to the right of the garage into Selmeston village. You will pass the old flint school building on your left opposite which is the village cricket pitch. Continue down the lane until you reach the church. Opposite the church is the Old Vicarage where it is said that Lewis Caroll, a friend of the Vicar, found inspiration for part of his Alice books.

Enter the Selmeston churchyard through the lych gate. This is another churchyard which is circular in outline and on a slight mound. The primroses on the western edge are a spectacular site in the spring, the soil here is clay and sand.

Stage 2 – Berwick to Alciston

Stage 4 – Selmeston to Alrlington via Berwick Station