A bit of a walk and a day out in Alfriston

May 9, 2017 | 6 comments


Day out today. We pootled off down to Alfriston. I wanted to have a leisurely look around after visiting the village briefly on a WI garden group visit to Alfriston Clergy House recently.

Alfriston village sign

Cheekily, we parked in the massive car park of the Deans Place Hotel. Parking is a bit of an issue in such an old place, with narrow streets. We did find a car park that you could park in for free for 3 hours, which is fine for a poke around and a spot of lunch, but not enough for a walk as well.

Dean place hotel
We wanted to get a bit of a walk in, so explored a public footpath almost opposite the car park. It led gently uphill, past an absolutely huge camping site that had quite a few tents and camper vans there already. We passed a field that was completely full of these litle yellow flowers. It was quite a sight.  Anyone know what they are?
Flowers This sign was on one of the waymarkers, I’ve tried googling it, but haven’t found it yet. It could well designate the South Downs Way.Walking sign

At the top of the hill, we popped out to this magnificent view over to the sea and the Cuckmere valley. We’re going to map out a circular walk there, it looks wonderful.Rolling hills



  1. Lesley

    Pat, they weren’t really like antirrhinum, so don’t think they could be toadflax

  2. Lesley

    Lyn, a special place for you then. It has a great atmosphere there, very special

  3. Elaine

    The sign looks like Rathfinny Wine Estate which is nearby I think, so possibly used as a land marker for the edge of the estate? The plant possibly wild reseda but I am not at all sure on that. Alfriston is on my list of places I want to visit and your blog has confirmed why.

  4. Lyn

    So glad you enjoyed Alfriston – my grandparents lived there so my school holidays were spent in and around the area – they are both buried in the churchyard. Whenever I get the chance I go back it holds very special memories for me.

  5. pat falconer

    think the yellow flower is toadflax, but cant be sure without a close-up. If it is, the individual flowers will look like miniature antirrhinum flowers

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