Monday, June 11, 2012

Bramber & Bon-en-Chablais!

The last 2 weeks of May saw us looking after a puppy mountain dog and an older lab at a lovely home on the shores of Lake Geneva. When I say "us" I mean that Della got Geneva and I got the UK stint!! Not sure how that  happened! Della will write a separate post about her stay in Bon-en-Chablais but suffice to say she had a very agreeable stay!

That said, Bramber where I was staying and the pooch, an elderly Jack Russell, and an older cat I was caring for were all lovely!

We have a number of clients in the West Sussex area now and it is always a pleasure to return to this part of the UK where you can easily access Brighton, enjoy quintessentially English villages and hike for miles across the South Downs and through the beautiful West Sussex countryside.

Bramber is a quiet village located on the northern edge of the South Downs and on the west side of the River Adur. Near to where we were based lay the remains of the Norman motte-and-bailey style Bramber Castle which was constructed by William De Braose around 1070.

Along with the castle, a church dedicated to St Nicholas was also built and still stands today. Originally built as the castle chapel, it is now the parish church of Bramber. The church attracts many tourists and is the oldest post-conquest Norman church in Sussex. 

When Della returned we took advantage of some dry and sunny weather and enjoyed several walks including a very pleasant hike from Steyning along the Macmillan Way. An easy 8km round trip it was nice to get out in the fresh air and take in the wonderful views!

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