The South Downs Way
The lovely churchyard at the Downland Church of the Transfiguration at Pyecombe must have been an idyllic place for the departed to rest once. Steep sided and looking out towards Newtimber Hill few places can have been a better place to rest for eternity. Nowadays the vista is less attractive and the peace shattered - although hopefully not till the end of time.
One day peace will return to Pyecombe churchyard.
The church itself is very plain, although the whole area around churchyard and Pyecombe village are very attractive.
The gate to Pyecombe Churchyard, shown in the picture above, is interesting for two reasons. It incorporates a design of the famous Pyecombe crook and the special design of the gate is known as a Tapsel Gate.
Tapsel Gates are a feature of Sussex churchyards that you won't find anywhere else - and there's only six of them left.
Try to open the gate before you continue on your journey and you'll see what's unusual about them.
The other Tapsel gates in Sussex are mainly in East Sussex (at Kingston near Lewes, Jevington, East Dean and Friston) while in West Sussex Pyecombe shares this distinction with Coombes, in the Adur Valley above Shoreham-by-Sea.
As you continue along the way you start to see the sails of the Clayton windmills and can see golfers enjoying the greens and fairways of Pyecombe Golf Club.
It may seem obvious to you that you are now about to cross another major transportation routes - the A273 - but it may not seem obvious that you are actually passing two major transport routes Clayton Railway Tunnel passes beneath your feet here, hidden deep in the chalk.
Places to visit close to the South Downs WayAmberley | Arundel | Ashington | Bepton | Bignor | Bramber | Bramber Castle | Burpham | Bury | Chanctonbury Ring | Charlton | Chilgrove | Clayton | Cocking | Compton | Cootham | Devil's Dyke | The Devil's Humps | Didling | Duncton | East Dean | East Harting | Edburton | Findon | Graffham | Harting Down | Heyshott | Houghton | Hurstpierpoint | North Marden | Parham House | Poynings | Pyecombe | Rackham | Singleton | Slindon | South Harting | South Stoke | Stedham | Steyning | Storrington | Torberry Hill | Treyford | Trotton | Truleigh Hill | Uppark | Up Marden | Upwaltham | Upper Beeding | Washington | West Dean
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