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5 of the best pub walks in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 14:43 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 26 June 2017




Stretch your legs before Sunday lunch. Hazel Sillver suggests five great pub walks across Sussex


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• The pub: The George is situated in the lovely village of Burpham, near Arundel, and serves tasty modern pub food (including vegetarian options), made with locally sourced ingredients; a children’s menu is available on Sundays. Booking is advisable.

• The walk: Enjoy a circular walk that encompasses the banks of the River Arun, or head up onto the Downs. To do a four-and-a half mile downland stroll, park in Burpham, and then head south to Wepham village. From Wepham, take the public footpath up onto the Downs past Norfolk Clump. At Wepham Down, where paths meet, walk straight on, then immediately left, before soon heading right up slope. The bridleway leads over Barpham Hill, from where there are good views; head slightly back on yourself at the gate, walking westward along the field edge; head left at the signpost, through a gate, then straight on into woodland. After a long walk through woodland, head right downhill past hazel trees, and over three stiles; then walk upslope along the edge of the field, before following the lane back to Wepham.

• Dogs: Welcome in the pub.

• OS Explorer Map: 121

• Find it: Main Street, Burpham, Arundel BN18 9RR


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• The pub: The Anchor Inn is an 18th century country pub on the banks of the River Ouse, north of Lewes. Enjoy hearty pub food, vegetarian dishes, and sandwiches in the large garden. Once your lunch has settled you could hire a two, four, or six-seater boat, and paddle along the river, where you might spot a kingfisher.

• The walk: There are two circular walk options. You could park at Barcombe Mills and walk north along the disused railway line to the pub; then, after lunch, head back along the riverbank (two and a half miles). Alternatively, park at the Anchor Inn, and head north along the riverbank, before looping back through Burtenshaw’s Wood and a section of Roman Road (three and a half miles).

• Dogs: Welcome in the garden.

• OS Explorer Map: 122

• Find it: Anchor Lane, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5EA


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• The pub: The New Inn is an 18th century coaching inn near the coast in the historic, pretty village of Winchelsea, near Rye. Enjoy traditional, British pub fare, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, vegetarian options, or dishes from the children’s menu, served inside or in the garden.

• The walk: From Winchelsea, join the 1066 Country Walk, which snakes around the north-west tip of the village, then runs into Station Road. You can do a six-miler by heading right on the footpath to Rye, and then looping back through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, or a longer circuit upon the 1066 Country Walk to Rye. Alternatively, enjoy a stroll along the Royal Military Canal by heading onto the Saxon Shore Way.

• Dogs: Dogs are welcome.

• OS Explorer Map: 125

• Find it: German Street, Winchelsea TN36 4EN

East Dean

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• The pub: The lovely 18th century Star and Garter pub sits at the foot of the South Downs in East Dean village, near Goodwood. Locally sourced ingredients are used to produce an exciting menu of beautifully presented, tasty food, including vegetarian options.

• The walk: Head up onto the South Downs to enjoy a (four and a half miles) circular stroll: from the pub head north, past the church, out of the village on the bridleway. The path leads uphill, then through forest, where it eventually merges with the West Sussex Literary Trail. Upon meeting the South Downs Way head right, walking east for half a mile; then turn right, along the bridleway that leads down slope to Brockhurst Bottom; maintain direction upon the footpath that eventually runs into New Road and back into East Dean village.

• Dogs: Dogs are welcome.

• OS Explorer Map: 121

• Find it: East Dean, Goodwood PO18 0JG


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• The pub: The George Inn, in the village of Robertsbridge, north of Battle, is a former 18th century coaching inn. The friendly pub serves hearty, modern dishes made with locally sourced produce; the menu includes vegetarian options, and delicious puddings.

• The walk: To do a five mile circular, follow the public footpath south-east out of Robertsbridge village, through Park Wood, past Keepers Cottages, to John’s Cross; after crossing the main road, pass Mountfield Court, and head north-west over the railway line; finally, walk north along the railway line, towards Robertsbridge.

• Dogs: Welcome in the pub.

• OS Explorer Map: 124

• Find it: High Street, Robertsbridge TN32 5AW


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