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Waters of Life: Sussex Ouse Valley, 21 miles, £400

  • The Green, Newick, Lewes BN8 4LA (map)

A gentle 4-day meandering journey through the literary history of the Sussex Ouse Valley.

Journey inside, outside, with ipse wilderness, on this gently reflective journey through the remarkable cultural history of this ancient landscape. As we follow the soft contours of the River Ouse, we will be invited to reflect on our life's journey; on the ancient flow which has sustained us, and the currents which run deep within our souls. Stopping to soak up the literary and artistic context of Charleston and Monk's House and the fascinating history of Lewes Castle and Museum, this is a rich autumnal tour for those who really wish to "drink at every pore the spirit of the season", immersing themselves in nature, culture and the deep still waters of their own life.

Route: Riverside paths and footpaths through fields and farmland, via Charleston, Monk’s House and Lewes.

Accommodation: Shared rooms in B&B and two nights in a hotel in Lewes. Single supplement available on request.

Difficulty: Nourishing; walking distance 21 miles, 4-7 miles per day, flat terrain, pace 2 mph.


Day 1: Newick to Barcombe Mills (6 miles).

Day 2: Barcombe Mills to Lewes (4 miles). Visit Lewes Castle and Museum.

Day 3: Lewes to Charleston (7 miles, return by bus). Tour of Charleston House.

Day 4: Lewes to Rodmell (3 miles). Tour of Monk’s House.

Trains from Southease to Lewes and bus back to Newick for departure.

Cost: £400 per person. This includes all accommodation, entrance fees & activities. Does not include meals, apart from breakfasts.


Sussex Ouse Valley Way: Newick - Southease (21 miles).

A walking talking adventure into the wilderness, allowing a unique opportunity to use the natural landscape as a mirror to your soul; to unlock, discover and re-energise.
— Previous participant of an ipse wilderness journey

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