If you know Dog Lane and Mouse Lane you must have visited Steyning, near Brighton!
Mouse Lane is just round the corner from Rosebud Cottage and goes to Wiston House and the South Downs. You’ll find a footpath on the left which can take you up to Chanctonbury Ring 3 miles away. It’s a steepish climb.
You’ll also find Sheep Pen Lane just past the White Horse Inn. Dog Lane is a little further away – both are just off the High Street.
This pretty road in the photo is Dog Lane. It was called that from the time when dogs pulled carts with post.
But look closely …are those cats down there??
Steyning is in West Sussex at the foot of the South Downs within easy reach of the coast & Brighton
England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Michelham has a fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. It is a lovely peaceful place – one of my favourites!
As well as the historic house there are seven acres of grounds with kitchen garden and medieval herb garden, a working watermill, working forge & interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse.Details at https://sussexpast.co.uk
Another picture of the excellent Weald and Downland Museum..
Discover traditional buildings that tell the story of the people who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period! Explore the 40-acre site and visit some of their 50 exhibit buildings.
Many of their houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. Enjoy demonstrations: E.g Cooking in their Tudor kitchen; milling flour in their working watermill; blacksmithing in their Victorian smithy.
Head for Huxley's Bird of Prey Centre near Horsham, in West Sussex, for a Meet an Owl session. All the owls are hand reared which gives you the chance to say hello without them being nervous or scared. Make sure you are there for midday!
In the flying display audience participation is encouraged. All of their birds are trained to show only natural wild behaviour and not tricks. So if you would like to see how differently Buzzards, Owls and Falcons go about hunting in the wild go along to the flying lawn at 2.30 pm
An important part of the Centre's work is the rescue and rehabilitation of wild, injured birds of prey. Their aim is to return as many to the wild as possible and if this is not possible to give the bird the care that it needs in captivity. This past year has seen Tawny owls, Little owls, Barn owls, Kestrels and Buzzards, all successfully returned to where they belong.
The Devil’s Dyke is the longest ‘dry’ valley in the UK and home to the ruined ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, as well as some adventurous hang gliders!
This is a deservedly popular spot ….. Hikers can join the South Downs Way here and soon escape any crowds…
So you can get the most out of some of the South Downs most beautiful locations, there is a special bus service during weekends and public holidays from Brighton – Devil’s Dyke. Catch the no 77 (weekends and public holidays only)
The Devils Dyke is just 7 miles from rural Steyning in West Sussex.
If you are interested in orchids or other wild flowers do check what courses are being organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Their headquarters are within a mile or two of Steyning at Woods Mill.
Courses often start with an indoor session introducing you to the wild flowers of the county and their identification. After lunch you could walk around the Woods Mill reserve and search for flowers. You would learn how to identify them as well as their medicinal uses and folklore. Perhaps you might see a burnt tip orchid! (in the photo)
This course takes place just a couple of miles from Steyning at the Sussex Wildlife Trust headquarters.
Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs and 10 miles from Brighton
The Sussex Produce Company Cafe in rural Steyning is one of my favourite local restaurants – in my photo below. You can enjoy top quality food & a calm atmosphere.
Open every day for lunch and on Friday & Saturday evenings. ….. 2 courses cost £12.50 from Monday to Thursday … & on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year.
Other Places to Eat
Other places I recommend for evening meals in Steyning are the bar at the White Horse Pub (try their sausage, seasonal veg & mash!) and Baloo’sBistro – both on the High Street. Baloo’s offer 10% off to guests staying at Rosebud Cottage. Read more about Baloo’s
Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex, just 10 miles from Brighton. The restaurants are all within a 5 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage.