Following the pilgrims

One of the more unusual events to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes this month is the re-enactment of a pilgrimage, which goes back even further in time.

It’s being organised by Footprints of Sussex, which is leading a walk across the South Downs from Pyecombe Church to the remains of Lewes Priory on May 17.

Participants will be following in the footsteps of the many hundreds of pilgrims who took that route towards Canterbury in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Footprints is organising the walk in conjunction with Pyecombe Church.

The community has an ambitious project to improve facilities at the church for visitors who pass through the village on one of the trails.

The project also aims to provide information on the cultural heritage of the church, particularly its links with Lewes Priory and its role as a downland place of worship.

The last part of the walk will be across the site of the battle, which took place in May 1264.

Visit www.footprintsofsussex.co.uk/sussex_walks.shtml. All proceeds from the event being donated to the Pyecombe Church Appeal.