A 20-minute drive took us up to Steyning on a quiet road across the Downs. Steyning is an ancient and historic village with proper shops
From there another 20-minute drive led us to the small and very charming village of Amberley - we both want to live there. In the historic Norman church of St Michael, we noticed an interesting publication "Protecting Young Ringers - Guidelines for maintaining a safe environment for young people in the belfry" - who knew that villages still kept their youngsters in the belfry?
Jeni actually bought a small book about Amberley and it contains some marvellous anecdotes - an inhabitant called "Lord Moon" used to amuse himself by having foot-races with local youths, he would run along the top of quickset hedges and they would run along the ground; he would win
There is also the wonderful, semi-ruined Amberley Castle in the grounds of which there is a Relais & Chateaux hotel
Our final stop was Arundel, again just a 20-minute drive. Despite being a very popular destination (cathedral, huge castle, river and ancient town), the place is still very pleasant to walk around and for some reason, many of its restaurants have separate vegetarian menus