Et non plures

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When the Normans landed in England about 110 people lived in the village of Exceat in small houses next to a church overlooking the River Cuckmere. In 1428 the same village comprised “Henry Chesman et non plures” (and no others). What had gone wrong? A walk of five miles takes in landscapes of woodland, downland, sea cliffs, estuary and river to answer this question.

Route Details

LENGTH – 5 miles

TIME – 3 HOURS

START – Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, BN25 4AB. (NGR 518 995)

PARKING – Seven Sisters Country Park car parks, Exceat (access off A259 and Litlington Road). Pay and display.

PUBLIC TOILETS – Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat

REFRESHMENTS – Pub at Exceat (¼ mile off route). Tea Rooms/Restaurant at Exceat

CAUTION – This walk includes a section of unfenced cliff top and two crossings of the A259 road.

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Our earliest ancestors

11.5 miles

“The Long Man of Wilmington looks naked towards the shires” wrote Kipling of the enigmatic hill figure on the Downs. In the area around the Long Man are many monuments to our early, pre-Roman ancestors – their homes, fields, temples and burial places. Many of these can be seen (if not always understood) from this walk of outstanding views.

Abbots and artists

5 miles

Alciston village forms a lasting memorial to the medieval village. The church, manor house, dovecote, fish ponds and tithe barn, once owned by Battle Abbey, still dominate the village. By contrast, Berwick church contains a full set of medieval-style paintings executed in 1942 by the Bloomsbury group of artists from nearby Charleston.

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