After you have enjoyed the museum explore the friendly pubs, places to eat and specialist shops in this picturesque and historic village. You can get some inspiration from our Pinterest page.
Stroll to St Margaret’s Church, where many of the artists that you learn about in the museum (including Joseph Cribb, Edward Johnston and Hilary Pepler) are buried. In the churchyard you will also find examples of cut lettering by Joseph Cribb and Eric Gill.
Ditchling is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the UK’s newest national park. Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and offers commanding 360 degree views from its summit.
Artists’ Walks from Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
The museum is a great base for a country walk, and we are delighted to be able to offer a series of walks. Explore the village and surrounding area, and discover how and where the Ditchling artists lived and worked. These walks are available to download for free below, or you can purchase printed versions in our Cart Lodge Shop & Café when you visit the museum.
Artists’ Walk 1: Church and Churchyard (approx 45 mins | 1/2 mile)
The area in the immediate vicinity of the museum is rich in work by the 20th century artists and craftsmen represented in the permanent Collection.
+ Download Artists’ Walk 1
Artists’ Walk 2: The Village Centre (approx 1 hour | 3/4 mile)
The village was the home to many artists, writers and makers in the early 20th century, a residential creative tradition which continues to the present day.
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Artists’ Walk 3: South of the Village Centre (approx 1 hour 15 mins | 1 mile)
This walk takes in Frank Brangwyn’s home and studio ‘The Jointure’ and Ethel Mairet’s ‘Gospels’, returning via a picturesque wooded bridleway and footpath through fields.
+ Download Artists’ Walk 3
Every 4th Thursday of the month @ 2pm
Cost: £4 inc. tea/coffee
The tour will be led by one of our knowledgeable guides who will show you the legacy of the artist community and the landscapes which inspired their work.
Put down the map and use your senses to find your way through the Sussex countryside. These methods were inspired by Jane Pitt’s Maunder Maps, which we commissioned with South Downs National Park in Spring 2019.