As some of you already know, I recently spent some time in Lewes, Sussex and had the opportunity to take some lovely walks. You will also remember that it wasn’t too long ago when I wrote about ‘Historical Lewes‘ so I hope you don’t think I’m repeating myself here.
I thought it would be nice to take you on one of my walks and show you some more of the sights of this delightful town and at the same time I can share some more windows for Dawn’s A Lingering Look at Windows challenge.
I also thought it would be nice to share this walk with my friend Jo over at restlessjo who takes us on the most wonderful walks every Monday.
If you don’t know these two lovely ladies by now then I’m sure they will be thrilled to see you and you will love their photographs of their travels and adventures.
So, with street map in hand, let’s set off for our walk through the town of Lewes. Ready? Good! Then let’s get going on this glorious, English spring day.
Starting off at the top of the road we head towards a short cut just along from here crossing over to the right-hand side. The trees are just beginning to come into blossom and it’s nice to see the newly mown verges.
You can see we’re fairly high up as you catch a glimpse of those instantly recognisable chalky Sussex South Downs. Some beautiful walks can be taken up there I can assure you!
Before we start to walk down towards the river we have to decide which path to choose. Left or right? Hmmm. Not as if we’ve ever had to make that choice before…
The path to the left it is then. It’s a steep walk down (and an even steeper one walking back up, be warned; my photo doesn’t do it justice). At the bottom we turn right and walk under a bridge, which, I understand is very spooky at night. There seems to be a definite atmosphere about it don’t you think?
Down by the river at last and a lovely, spring walk alongside it.
Walking along the path now with the River Ouse to our right, we are approaching the famed Harvey’s Brewery which has been making Sussex Bitter Ale since the 1700s. Not my favourite, I prefer wine (bubbly will do nicely too) but the ale, I hear, is excellent. If there’s time, you can pop back after our walk for a quick half, or pint as the case may be.
Now we are in the actual town of Lewes and our long, uphill climb along the high street begins. On the way, we can take in the view from the small bridge which connects both ends of the high street and stop to linger at a few shop windows.
This window, you’ll agree I’m sure, is magnificent. Just look at that antique copper bath. It’s going for a cool £4,000. What’s that in dollars? A lot of money, that’s for sure!
Just up ahead is a well-placed map of Lewes showing all the public rights of way should we get lost. With my map reading I would say the chances are fairly high that could happen. I blame it on being left-handed. Still, you trust me, don’t you?
Once at the top of the town, we can turn back for this view of the War Memorial against the backdrop of the edge of the Downs and see how far we’ve come. The Memorial was unveiled in 1922.
Not too tired yet, I hope!
Now for another short history lesson. We’ve found the Town Hall and the plaque which marks the place where the seventeen Protestant Martyrs were burned at the stake just yards from here between 1555 – 1557. You can read more about this here.
Part of the Town Hall is the Lewes Market Tower, as seen on this plaque.
We are able to walk through the Market Tower’s archway leading to the other side of the street to continue our walk. You’ll be amazed when you stop to look at this mural with its accompanying description hung on the inside wall, especially for my American and French friends.
Coming through the Market Tower then, we change direction, which according to my handy-dandy little map will take us out of the high street and back down towards another part of the river. On the way we can linger at yet more delightful windows. I love the old sewing machines in the top windows. There’s also a cafe in this converted warehouse but it isn’t time to stop for a drink just yet! Just a little further…
Continuing down along the path the stunning Church of St John sub Castro seems to loom out of nowhere. Look at the cute sheep on top of the weather vain!
Walking past the church along the path and on the right hand side are the old swimming baths. Fancy a swim anyone?
Then, at last, we are almost back to the river but first we walk by The Pells, a delightful wooded area and pond, home to a variety of wildfowl, at the other end of town. Very pretty here isn’t it?
Now we are at another bridge and, according to the map, at the end of our walk. Faced with two choices, which way shall we go? To the left and keep walking along the river or over the bridge and back home? Decisions, decisions!
Had enough? Me too. I’m going to leave the rest of the river walk for another day. Time to head home for a lovely cup of tea. Anyone care to join me? Great! Oh, and the good news for those of you who fancy a pint, we’ve come full circle so Harvey’s Brewery is only a short walk away, across the bridge and down to the right.
I hope you all enjoyed your walk with me through Lewes! Make sure to turn up for Jo’s walk on Monday, I’m sure she has a real treat in store for us. Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll catch up with you soon :-)