Everyone should take a look at the Priory and the Railway Wildlife Trust Land, just off the lower end of the High St.
The hills surrounding Lewes aren't high but it's a bit of a puff to get up there. Once up though it's a different world with stunning views. The Lewes footpaths group do guides and there's a downloadable guide at: http://walker.hpage.co.in
Mount Caburn is a 146 metre peak on the South Downs, located about 1 mile east of Lewes. There are excellent views in all directions from the top, with Lewes in the distance, the main South Downs ridge to the south and the village of Glynde to the east. There is a seat at the summit where you can relax and enjoy the views though it is often very windy up here so it’s not a place to linger too long. On the summit are the remains of an iron-age fort.
It is now over 60 years since Cecil Heathfield first had the inspiration to turn the derelict Royal Mail stables in Paddock Lane, Lewes into an art studio. He wanted to extend the creative art opportunities for adults in Lewes. At the time he was art adviser to the education authorities and had already instigated small classes for adults in village halls around the county.
The Paddock is now run as a charity by Lewes & District Visual Arts Association (LADVAA) and still organises classes for members ranging from drawing and painting to clay modelling, printing, mosaics and pastels. There are usually 3 groups a day using the building during the week with day school workshops at the weekends.
Most groups are tutored. More experienced members meet as untutored groups to use the facilities and work in a supportive and convivial atmosphere. Some travel over 25 miles to Lewes to use the excellent facilities.
During the summer months tutors often take classes into the surrounding countryside to paint Or draw from life.
The garden behind the studio is a constant source of inspiration. Printmaking equipment, a kiln and professional picture framing equipment as well as a large well equipped painting studio are available to members.
Each year there is an opportunity for members to exhibit and sell their work at the annual art exhibition in April. During Artwave, at the end of August, there is an exhibition to enable potential students to see the kind of work being done by groups & classes.
Angela Macpherson can be contacted (01273 471592) with any enquiries about joining LADVAA or the classes available.
Somewhere outside Lewis there is a small train that offers rides on the old style trains! Looked interesting but I didn't go on it and I don't really know a whole lot about it. I think it's historical. I saw it on one of my long walks.
Glynde is a tiny village located about 2 miles east of Lewes. Glynde is best known as the home of the Glyndebourne opera, Britain’s only unsubsidised opera, which is held north of the village.
I have friends in Kingston near Lewes which is ...pretty close to Lewis and would walk the road sometimes. It was very narrow and scenic!