South Downs Way - Lewes to Alfriston

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June 3rd 2010
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Staying at a nice B&B in Lewes not too far from the town centre. It is very similar to Totnes in that it has a castle, its own pound and a high street on a hill. The town appears to be dominated by the local brewery known as Harvey & Son and this evening I am off to the pub known as Harveys for a bite to eat.
This morning I got a taxi to a small village nearby called Kington and from there climbed up to the Way and headed for Alfriston some 12 miles away. What another glorious day for walking with little cloud in the sky and a cooling easterly breeze. Passed through a small village called Southease which has a tiny Saxon church called St. Peter's which incorporates an unusual Norman round tower. This round tower is one of three in Sussex and were built in 12th century.
Along the Way there were fine views of the South coast and in particular Newhaven and Seaford.
The walk ended today in a very pretty village called Alfriston which tends to attract quite a few tourists on coaches with their 'oohs' and 'ahhs' and cravings for cream teas. This
Early morning view from the WayEarly morning view from the WayEarly morning view from the Way

After clambering up to the Way from Kington I turned round to this picture of the village and in the background is Lewes
is where I start tomorrow on the last lap to Eastborne which promises to be spectactular with the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head enroute

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St. Peter's Church, SoutheaseSt. Peter's Church, Southease
St. Peter's Church, Southease

Saxon church with Norman tower. One of only three
Thatched cottage in SoutheaseThatched cottage in Southease
Thatched cottage in Southease

Nestling in the corner of the village and not far from the church
South Downs Way BridgeSouth Downs Way Bridge
South Downs Way Bridge

Wooden clad on steel deck framed bridge completed in 2007 at a cost of £650,000 to cross the A26 Newhaven Road

3rd June 2010

Last Leg
Hi John I have really enjoyed reading about your walk and seeing your photo's. What an amazing view from the way. I look forward to reading and seeing photos of the last part of your walk tomorrow. Love Alex
4th June 2010

John, loved the pic of the "sensible sheep" keeping out of the sun. Made me think that it would be great to have that problem right now!! This is a long weekend, Queens Birthday Weekend and the weather is very, very cold. Chilly, frosty mornings, but sometimes we get some sun later in the day. Keep walking, the journey looks so interesting.
4th June 2010

Happy Days
Hi John, Do take some pictures of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, they will transprt me back to my 'twenties', oh such happy days! Am really enjoying your Blog, so is Nancy. Love Selina xx

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