Selmeston to Arlington via Berwick Station

4.4 km / 2.7 miles

 

Leave Selmeston Church  and at the lych gate turn right and walk along the inside edge of the churchyard to the southeast corner where you exit by the small gate. Turn left onto a tarmac road which runs along a greensand ridge (which continues all the way to Berwick station). This road is called Shrubby Lane and in the fields nearby a Mesolithic site was excavated, worked flints from which are on display in the museum in Lewes.

Follow the road through the trees, on the right are pits where sand has been excavated, probably to mix with local clay for brick and pot making. The road leads to Green House. The path continues straight ahead down the left side of the house (with an outbuilding on your left). Follow the path straight ahead between hedges. The path runs along the top of small cliffe where sand has been excavated again. The path emerges from trees, continues between hedges until reaching Stonery Farm (on your left).  The track up to Stonery Farm from the right offers a short cut back to Berwick Church via the Vanguard Way. Continue straight ahead with Stonery Farm on your left. The path follows the hedge and then crosses an open cultivated field before descending between hedges into Berwick Station.

The Pilgrim Path can be accessed here by rail and the Berwick Inn offers the chance for refreshments. Cross the railway line and turn immediately right before the garage. The path leads between the garage and adjacent house into an open pasture. Walk across the field keeping a ruined flint building on your right. Then through another field (often cultivated) to a fence and small stream. Cross the bridge and walk up the hill following the fence on your right. At the top of the hill keep to the fence as it bears right and then for a very short distance left. Go through the gate and follow the fence on your right down to the tarmac road.

 

 

Turn left and walk up the road. At the reservoir turn right and go through the gate to walk along the full length of the dam beside the reservoir (Arlington church can be clearly seen across fields on your right). This area is SSSI on account of the habitat offered to migrant and nesting birds. Cross a stile into the field on your right and turn right. (To visit the bird hide continue straight ahead through the gate along the path takes you  into the wood around the reservoir. After about 150yds ahead take the first small path left down to a bird hide. Back track to rejoin the pilgrim’s route at the end of the dam).

 

 

Walk down across the pasture field keeping an area of scrubland on your right until you reach the metal footbridge over the Cuckmere River. Cross the river and take the path to the left diagonally across the pasture to a stile. Keep the hedge on your left and take the stile first left through the hedge and across a bridge over a small stream. You enter a beautiful pasture which was the site of a medieval village which used the river for transport. The undulating surface indicates where streets and houses were. You enter Arlington churchyard through the south west corner.

 

Stage 3 – Alciston to Selmeston

Stage 5 – Arlington to Wilmington