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It is about 2½ miles to walk to the picturesque village of Alfriston and a recommended route is highlighted on the map. In one direction you may like to walk via Berwick village to see Berwick Church (1¼ miles from station) which is decorated with wall paintings by the Bloomsbury group of artists associated with Charleston Farmhouse (see Lewes). From the train near Berwick you can see 'The Long Man of Wilmington' chalk figure on the South Downs. Berwick is pronounced 'Ber-ick' (the 'w' is silent).

When you return to Berwick station arrive in good time for your train if you need to go over the level crossing (there is no footbridge).

www.alfriston-village.co.uk | www.southdowns.gov.uk

Arlington Reservoir ½ mile

There is a 2 mile 'Osprey Nature Trail' around the reservoir. Leaflets are normally available from the car park area at the entrance. Wildfowl on reservoir, bird hide, good views. Picnic area.
Open pedestrian access at all times.
www.southeastwater.co.uk

Drusillas Park 1½ miles or by bus

A wide variety of animals in naturalistic environments, including meerkats and a walk-through bat enclosure. Petworld, miniature railway, adventure playground. Café and restaurant. Tel. 01323 874100.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (closes 1700 Nov-Mar).
www.drusillas.co.uk
Bus 47 Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus to entrance. Apr-Oct, SSu & BH, hourly, one-way circular route. Operated by Cuckmere Buses. Buses also operate from Lewes and Polegate.

Alfriston Clergy House NT 2½ miles or by bus

A medieval thatched cottage with a picturesque garden. This was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust. Tel. 01323 871961.
Open Mar-Oct MTWSSu 1030-1700, Nov-mid Dec SSu 1100-1600.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 47 Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus to Alfriston Square. Apr-Oct, SSu & BH, hourly, one-way circular route. Operated by Cuckmere Buses. Buses to Alfriston also operate from Lewes, Polegate and Seaford.

Berwick and Alfriston map

Michelham Priory 3 miles

The Priory dates from 1229 and after dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times it was converted into a country house. It is in a picturesque setting surrounded by the medieval moat. Features include the Prior's Room, Victorian and Tudor kitchens, 14th-century gatehouse and a replica Bronze Age roundhouse. Gardens, watermill and forge. Children's play area. Café. Tel. 01323 844224.
Open mid Feb-Dec, 1100-1600 (1030-1700 Mar-Oct).
www.sussexpast.co.uk
Buses operate from Polegate and Uckfield to Lower Dicker, then a 2 mile road walk to Michelham Priory.

Berwick to Michelham Priory map

Seven Sisters Country Park by bus

A country park named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs of the South Downs. Walks beside the meanders of the River Cuckmere to the coast. The visitor centre in an 18th century barn has information and displays on the Park. Tel. 01323 844224.
Open Visitor Centre Apr-Sep, Daily 1030-1630; Oct-Mar, please see website. Park open at all times.
www.sevensisters.org.uk
Bus 47 Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus to Visitor Centre, Apr-Oct, SSu & BH, hourly, one-way circular route, 20-27 minutes journey. Operated by Cuckmere Buses. Buses also operate from Eastbourne and Seaford.

Berwick and Alfriston area bus routes