This is a walking pilgrimage with a powerful well-being focus; to explore one's personal connection to the history, culture and literature of the region. Journey inside, outside, with ipse wilderness, on a gently reflective journey through the remarkable cultural history of this ancient landscape.
Whether you're interested in Virginia Woolf, the Norman Conquest, or Eric Ravilious, this facilitated 4-day journey along the River Ouse will guide you, through reflection and invitation, to see yourself as part of this remarkable landscape, and to see your own history reflected therein.
We will follow the soft contours of the River Ouse and stop to soak up the literary and artistic context of Charleston and the fascinating history of Lewes Castle and Museum, making this 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.
This pilgrimage makes use of therapeutic activities, wilderness immersion processes and facilitated circle time to create a grounded connection with nature, our own nature, and that of other people.
Route: Riverside paths and footpaths through fields and farmland, via Charleston and Lewes.
Accommodation: Shared rooms in B&B/hotel. Single supplement available on request.
Difficulty: Nourishing; walking distance 17 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. Afternoon tea and closing celebration. Public transport back to Newick for departure.
Cost: £400. This includes all accommodation, entrance fees & activities. Does not include meals, apart from breakfasts.
Car-share to start point can be arranged, or public transport available via Lewes.
What To Bring
• a day rucksack – around 20-30 litres
• walking boots – broken in and comfortable, not new
• comfortable clothes for walking, including a jumper or warm layers
• a change of clothes in case of downpour, especially spare socks
• a small first aid kit - medications, plasters, anti-histamines, pain-killers etc
• a set of simple evening clothes
• a pair of light sandals, slippers or flip-flops for the evenings
• a wash-kit
• a towel or sarong (or you can hire towels for £2 at most hostels)
• a re-usable water bottle – 1 litre minimum
• a waterproof jacket (and trousers, if you wish)
• sun-cream, sun hat and sunglasses in summer / woolly hat and gloves in winter
• money for snacks, evening meals, ice creams etc - most places WILL NOT take card, and cash machines are few and far between
• a swimming costume for wild swimming (not on winter trips)
• a Tupperware to carry packed lunches
• a book/cards etc for leisure time
• a journal or diary and pen
• phone and charger
• a camera
• a map and compass
• nuts and snacks e.g. trailmix
Maximum Size Of Group
£400. This includes all accommodation, entrance fees & activities. Does not include meals, apart from breakfasts.
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