The setting is lovely: You look up to the slope of the South Downs on the east side. The River Arun and the wild brooks are on the on the south and west sides.
The village has its own castle – in use as a hotel and wedding venue. Even if you are not staying at the hotel you can walk around the back of the building on your way into the wild brooks.
The Wild Brooks
Whilst you are in the area do visit the Pulborough Brooks. This is an Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) site – open throughout the year and a haven for birds. This area often floods in the winter.
Amberley Working Museum
Another place to see is the Working Museum. This is an interesting use of an old chalk pit above the railway station which is now home to old agricultural and industrial machinery, nearly all of it still functioning.
Many of the houses round here are truly beautiful, with thatched roofs and plenty of lovely old brick and tile work. You can see a couple in my photo below.
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 unique 17th century inn is in Burpham, a charming small village near Arundel. It is surrounded by the beautiful South Downs National Park.
The pub has an inviting modern interior and serves seasonal, locally-sourced, freshly-cooked food, beers, wines and spirits.
It is locally owned and aims to live up to the ambition . . . “By the locals, for the locals, of the locals – and a very warm welcome to everyone.”. . . including muddy-booted walkers and well-behaved dogs!
They serve delicious British food – always home cooked with the freshest seasonal ingredients, locally sourced where possible.
This pub is close to footpaths so is a good place to stop if you are hiking locally
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!
Knepp Safaris offer half day trips round their estate near Dial Post. Your safari will take you to the current ‘hot spots’ of natural interest.
You’re likely to see at least some large herbivores – longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, red and fallow deer – as they roam freely in large herds through the Wildland. Birds are also present in huge numbers all year round.
You will check trail cameras for our more secretive residents like foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, weasels and stoats; and stop for a species count at some of their wildlife ‘refugia’ for slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles. Spectacular tree-platforms offer panoramic views and a close-up of life in the canopy.
You travel in an open-sided 14 seater Pinzgauers for larger groups or an open-air all–terrain 5-seater Kawasaki,. Mule. Half-way through your safari they stop for coffee, tea and their popular organic homemade cake!
One of England's most important early Tudor houses – Cowdray in West Sussex was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Its magnificent ruins in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. It was so important it was visited by both Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII.
Open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from Saturday 30th April until Sunday 4th September 2016. 11 am – 4 pm with last entries at 3 pm.
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.