The Charleston House Experience

Glynde to Berwick via Charleston House, Sussex

 (My first ramble) 

Having pondered for some years about joining a walking group I eventually met with a bunch of Ramblers at Victoria London and introduced myself. Knowing very little about what to expect, but informed, the walk was in Sussex and we were visiting a place called Charleston House. I wanted to start walking and get to know places that were accessible from London on public transport and could be done within a day.  This seemed a good place to start.

Taking the train from Victoria we changed at Lewes and took a short journey to a place called Glynde.  We walked past a terrace of quaint cottages and then walked across a motorway over to a field and headed towards Firle Place.

Already I was in love, what a breath of fresh air. I needed this more than ever.

We walked through Firle place a historical national park and I felt like I had gone back in time. It was May and so the newborn lambs were out grazing on the grass and the flowers were blooming, it was so sweet, and refreshing after being cooped up at work all week.

After a few miles of walking over fields, we were at Charleston Farmhouse situated in the heart of the Sussex Downs.

It’s called Farmhouse which is a bit misleading as it is more like an artist’s retreat hosting a stunning collection of art, much of the furnishing having been upholstered to its original plan by Laura Ashley.


The place is unique and available guided tours give a fascinating insight into the lives of the Bloomsbury crowd which consisted of a loose group of artists, writers, and intellectuals. The sister of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa is one of the prominent figures there. I found it to be sublime and inspirational.  Words are difficult to find to express the beauty of this special place. For further information click on this link. 

We then walked towards Berwick Church built in the 16th century. There were further works of art and murals by The Bloomsbury Group, which were part of the original deco. A wonderful day out, and only one & a half hours away from London.

Romantic Berwick Church Autumn 2012


The next walk I did after that was a month or so later.

The Ramblers organisation sent me a copy of Walk Britain, which has 50 walking routes with Britain’s Best views. I took the book with me to Seaford and went off on my ownsome and did very well that sunny day in June.

I walked the Seven Sisters Cliffs which is described in the book as a leisurely 8-mile walk! Walking slowly to the park is a leisurely walk, the Seven Sisters is somewhat strenuous. Up and down!.Up and down, Up and down!! That is the Seven Sister Cliffs!

The next walk will be the Rochester Dickens walk, another very short walk.


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