Travel on ‘London’s Lost Route to the Sea’?

Enjoy a leisurely trip on a canal boat in West Sussex

Regular Public Trips run from 2nd April until 30th October, 2016

SATURDAYS Adult Child Journey Details
12:15pm 50 mins £5 £2.50 Trip to Devil’s Hole Lock
13:30pm 30 mins £4 £2 Trip to Brewhurst Bridge
14.30pm 3.25 hrs £12 £6 Trip to Drungewick Lock

SUNDAYS Adult Child Journey Details
12:30pm 30 mins £4 £2 Trip to Brewhurst Bridge
13:30pm 90 mins £7 £3.50 Trip to Baldwin’s Knob Lock
15.30pm 90 mins £7 £3.50 Trip to Southland Lock

Child fares are for 4 to 12 year olds
Trips start at Loxwood. Nearest Postcode: RH14
Details at http://www.weyandarun.co.uk

Loxwood is 17 miles from Steyning – a 30 minute drive on the B2133

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Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs and just 10 miles from Brighton

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Have your ever walked down Dog Lane or Mouse Lane?

Have your ever walked down Dog Lane or Mouse Lane?

Lane names with animals

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

 

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If you're in Sussex make sure you visit Michelham Priory

If you're in Sussex make sure you visit Michelham Priory

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

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The Priory is a 45 minute drive from Steyning in West Sussex & within easy reach of Brighton

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Open Air Museum in Sussex – a 'Must' for History Fans!

Open Air Museum in Sussex – a 'Must' for History Fans!

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.

The Museum is in West Sussex near Chichester. Details at http://www.wealddown.co.uk

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Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs within easy reach of the museum

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Watch a flying falcons display and meet an owl!

Watch a flying falcons display and meet an owl!

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.

Open 11.00 to 4.30 Wed – Sun Easter to October. £6 admission for adults. Details at http://www.flyingfalcons.co.uk

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Steyning, at the foot of the South Downs, is a 28 minute drive from Huxley's in West Sussex.

 

Devil’s Dyke just outside Brighton

Devil’s Dyke just outside Brighton

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!
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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.

Get close to nature at Pulborough Wild Brooks!Enjoy at day out at this lovely nature reserve

Get close to nature at Pulborough Wild Brooks!Enjoy at day out at this lovely nature reserve

Get close to nature at Pulborough Wild Brooks!

Enjoy at day out at this lovely nature reserve. Open all year & set in the sheltered Arun Valley in West Sussex, within the South Downs National Park.

It is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife with a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland.

Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife.

If you're new to nature, introductory events, guided walks and courses are held throughout the year.There's a visitor's centre & cafe too!

Evening sky photo by Phil Thornton

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Pulborough Brooks is a 20 mins drive from Steyning by car, or 30 minutes on the 100 bus

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Drusilla’s Park: A Child Friendly Zoo in Sussex

Drusilla’s Park: A Child Friendly Zoo in Sussex

Meet the animals at Drusilla’s Zoo

This is a wonderful small 10 acres zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex. An ideal place to visit if you have children between 2 and 10 years old.

Find it at BN26 5QS. More details at www.drusillas.co.uk

The zoo is a 35 minute drive from Steyning and a half an hour drive from Brighton. If you go there do call in at the lovely village of Alfriston nearby.

Orchids on the South Downs

Orchids on the South Downs

Orchids grow locally

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

Sussex Produce Cafe in Steyning

Sussex Produce Cafe in Steyning

Sussex Produce Cafe

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’s Bistro – 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.