I recommend spending time there and visiting the house and gardens at 15th century St Mary’s. This timber framed building was constructed around 1470 by the bishop of Winchester. At that time pilgrims used the house as an inn on their way to the tomb of St Thomas of Canterbury.
The house is open from the end of April to 28 Sept 2017 on Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays (& Wednesdays in August) from 2 – 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.)
Entry costs: Adults £10; Concessions £9; Children £5
There are also some lovely cottage style tea rooms.
This picture shows the beautiful church of St Leonard in South Stoke village, near Arundel, West Sussex.. It was recorded in the Domesday Book – a great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror – when the village was named as "Stoches".
To find the church head for Arundel then travel down Mill Road until the road ends in a t-junction. Turn left, following the signpost to South Stoke. Go beyond the entrance to the farm and turn left with the road – the gate to the church is down a (signposted) short pathway to the right, about one hundred yards further on. Well worth finding!
You can see the lagoon just beyond the footpath – this beautiful, coastal nature reserve is one of Lancing's hidden treasures, situated a short stroll along Lancing seafront, between Beach Green and Shoreham Beach.
As seasons change throughout the year, you will discover a rich diversity of birds that rest, migrate and reside here. Watch the Little Egret wading through the shallow waters with its elegant, crested plumage, listen to the haunting cry of the Oyster Catcher or simply sit and watch the Swans as they glide serenely by.
All around the banks of this saline lagoon, you can enjoy the colourful plants and flowers that thrive in shingle and coastal grassland. Rabbits run free from the banked bracken and bats fly silently when the sun has set.
Sheffield Park is a magnificent landscaped garden laid out in the 18 century by 'capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20 century by its owner, Arthur G Soames. The centrepiece is the original four lakes.
There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons, azaleas and stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs …perhaps the best time to visit?
Woods Mill has lots of wildlife with coppiced woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed lake. There is an all-weather path around the reserve and boardwalk across lake and reedbed. There is also a hide for birdwatching, and a wildlife garden.
The nature reserve is the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre, with lots of events and courses throughout the year. As this is an educational nature reserve no dogs are permitted.
You can see the radio masts at Truleigh Hill and in the far distance the trees on top of the downs at Chanctonbury Ring.
The South Downs Way– a long distance footpath – runs along the top of the downs.
Steyning is a ideal base if you are a keen rambler. You can walk east from Steyning to Chanctonbury Ring (3 miles away) and west up to Truleigh Hill where there is a youth hostel that serves drinks and cakes at weekends – daily in the summer.
Rosebud Cottage – a holiday home in Steyning sleeps 3 – it is currently available for bookings from October.
I thoroughly recommend a visit to Nymans having spent a morning here very recently.
The National Trust describes it as “A garden lovers’ home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins”.
One of the National Trust’s premier gardens, Nymans was a country retreat for the creative Messel family, and has views stretching out across the Sussex Weald. Today you can recharge your batteries here, while you explore this beautiful place. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walking along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by lush green countryside.
Nymans has both vibrantly colourful summer borders and tranquil ancient woodlands. There are constantly evolving planting designs and a rare and unusual plant collection. The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family, from the Countess of Rosse to Oliver Messel and photographer Lord Snowdon.
There is a large shop and plant centre with their special collection of plants grown on site, a cafe offering a choice of seasonal food, and a Grab & Go kiosk in the tea garden.
Every day there are guided walks and talks in the garden and woods. There’s a small gallery in the house with changing exhibitions for every season, a secondhand bookshop, shop tastings and mobility tours of the garden and woods. I joined a guided walk which was excellent.
St Botolph's Church has been referred to by a historian as one of the 'lost downland churches". It is in a peaceful spot next to the River Adur.
Admire the clean lines and perfect setting of the small, attractive church! The nave and chancel are Saxon. At the west end of the south wall is an original round-headed Saxon window.
The Saxons took advantage of the power vacuum in Sussex left behind by the Romans when they could no longer afford to maintain outlying parts of their empire in the fifth century. When the people of Sussex asked Rome for help in defending themselves from Saxon raiders, the Empire decided it couldn’t afford to strike back and left Britain to fight for its own future.
The name Sussex comes from an adaptation of the name South Saxons.
The church also has fragments of medieval wall painting …