Berwick To Alciston

1.7 km / 1.1 miles

Leave Berwick Church with its famous Bloomsbury paintings and walk down the path from the church door and follow this round to the left and along between two walls to the car park. On your left is the large old Victorian Rectory. From the car park walk down the lane until you reach a mini-roundabout in front of the Victorian flint house which used to be the village school.

Take the road that leads off to the left toward the barns. At the junction continue straight ahead up towards farm cottages on your right. Continue straight ahead along the path which heads out across open fields towards Alciston which is due west. After about 400 yds you reach a hedge. Turn left, (do not cross the style ahead of you). After about 100yds turn right through an opening. Follow the path along the edge of the field with a hedge on your right towards Alciston.

 

 

When you reach the edge of Alciston turn right through and gateway and then immediately left over a style into the pasture field adjacent to the churchyard. Changes in level in this field are medieval terraces on which monks possibly cultivated vines and in the group of trees in the dip to the north medieval fish ponds. Walk along the side of the flint wall, cross a style and enter the churchyard which is on a mound and circular in outline, indicating its ancient origins.

Alciston churchyard is under conservation management to encourage wild flowers and insects. Three species of orchids grow hear amongst the grass and in the spring Cowslips are abundant followed by a white froth of Cow Parsley. There are beautiful views to the north across the Low Weald and back to the Downs beyond Berwick. There are benches in the churchyard where you can rest.

Stage 1 – Alfriston to Berwick

Stage 3 –¬†¬†Alciston to Selmeston