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A day out in Pulborough and Bignor

St Marys Pulborough

There is archaeological evidence to suggest Pulborough has been settled for over 200,000 years. In Roman times, it was where Stane Street - the ancient Roman road from London to Chichester - crossed the River Arun and linked with the road to Lewes.

Start in Pulborough with St Mary's Church on London Road (pictured). The church was built in the 1200s and the tower nave and aisles were built in the early 1400s. There is a small collection of brass from the period, and across the road from the church is a superb view of the Arun Valley.

Make the RSPB Pulborough Brooks your second stop. Explore the landscape and learn about local wildlife on the Pulborough WildArt Trail, which stretches from Pulborough Station to the RSPB reserve. The brooks can get muddy or even flooded in wet weather.

To the south tucked away in the idyllic hamlet of Hardham lies the ancient Saxon Church of St Botolph (circa 1050). It contains some of the oldest and most complete Romanesque wall paintings in the country including an image of St. George at the battle of Antioch. There are Roman tiles within the structure and Tudor bricks in a blocked-up doorway.

To the east is Stopham Bridge, off the A283 between Pulborough and Fittleworth. The Grade 1 listed medieval bridge was constructed of Ironstone and dates to 1422-3. The centre arch was raised in 1821 and has the inscription JSA July 1822.

If you're interested in Roman history, a visit to Bignor Roman Villa is an absolute must. The villa has been a tourist attraction since it was first discovered in 1811 and has some of the most complete floor mosaics in the country. Check opening hours before you visit as they vary throughout the year.

Last but not least is Nutbourne Vineyard - nestled in the South Downs, the winery offers self-guided and organised tours, along with wine tastings. Look out for the tasting room, housed in an ancient listed windmill.