Southease to Monk's House Circular

Walking trail

For Virginia Woolf writing and walking were inseparable. Her father, a renowned mountaineer wrote a lot about the Alps and speculated that ‘All great men of letters had to be great walkers’. It is true that Virginia made up her books as she walked along. Virginia and Leonard lived at Monk's House from 1919 and she walked every day for 2 hours or more. Initially Monk's House was small and basic….but it was theirs. They met for breakfast, lunch and tea and planned to do very little but garden and walk.

The Writing Lodge at Monk's House, East Sussex


Southease to Monks House Circular Walking Map


Southease Railway Station


Exit the station heading in the direction away from Platform 1 towards Southease village. Follow this track/ small road over the River Ouse and continue straight through the water meadows until you reach the church at Southease.

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Southease railway station


Continue to follow the road up the hill until just before reaching the main road junction. Turn right immediately after a small cottage following the signpost marked 'permissive footpath Rodmell’. Go through the first gate and take an immediate left through another gate, following the path up the hill.

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Follow this footpath for approx. half a mile. You will ascend a small hill with views towards Rodmell and the Ouse Valley beyond. The path then descends and rises gradually before arriving into Rodmell village where it merges onto the pavement adjacent to the C7 which runs through the village. Keep going in the same direction until you reach the junction with the Abergavenny Arms public house.

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At this point turn right and follow this road named 'The Street' for approx. 400 yards. Monk's House is clearly signed on the right hand side. Visitor Reception is located in the Woolfs' old garage immediately south of the property.


Upon exiting Monk’s House, continue down The Street for 100 yards and instead of following the road as it bends left take the track which branches off to the right immediately after the National Trust car park.


Remain on this track for approx. 3/4 of a mile, passing through all gates until you reach the River Ouse.


Turn right at the river and follow the footpath which runs alongside the Ouse on an elevated bank until you reach the swing bridge. You have now come full circle!


Exit the footpath at the swing bridge and turn left, following the road once again back to Southease railway station.


Southease Railway Station

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Southease to Monk's House Circular


Paths can be extremely muddy and therefore slippy following rains. The track to the river, through water meadows, can also be very water logged.

Southease to Monk's House Circular

Contact us

01273 474760

Southease to Monk's House Circular

How to get here

Southease Railway Station, BN8 6EP
By road

Please note there is no parking available at Southease railway station.

Southease to Monk's House Circular

Facilities and access

  • Refreshments are available at The Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell
  • There are toilet facilities at Monk's House, Southease YHA and The Abergavenny Arms