Walking Along the River Ouse to Virginia Woolf's House in Sussex
The tangles of long grass along the River Ouse make fragrant beds if you fall into them, and spread out your limbs as if making a snow angel. You’ll need a rest along the two-hour pilgrimage from Lewes to Woolf’s village of Rodmell. Even if you’re not an avid walker, there’s no denying that it’s the most fitting way to reach the house of a writer who covered most of this countryside on foot. The Ouse Valley Way is a path she used often; as you clamber over turnstiles in farmers' fences, you know that the wind-tossed fields, white chalk cliffs, and gentle river bends are compositions her eyes saw many times. When you leave the trail for the quiet lanes of Rodmell, it’s easy to imagine you’re the author herself, returning from a contemplative walk.