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Come and find out about the county town of West Sussex, laid out by the Romans.  Explore the cathedral precincts, walk part of the old walls.  What did the mediaeval clergy get up to?  What is a “catslide?”  Why was Chichester Castle destroyed?  Where did the Roman invasion of England take place?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Max 30    Band A                                                                                                                                  



Discover why Lewes is known as “the cradle of democracy.”  Twice over!  Who was the wealthiest man in the last millennium?  What did Dr. Gideon Mantell unearth?  Stroll down the intriguing streets and learn about the Lewes Martyrs and why Lewes is the centre of bonfire celebrations in the south-east.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Max 16    Band B                                                                                                                                     



This delightful little town has been heavily influenced by successive owners of Petworth house.  Learn about an unusual method of tax avoidance, a World War Two tragedy and discover one of the most delightful views in Sussex.  Why was one particular apprenticeship so popular among the young boys? Come and find out!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Max 16   Band B                                                                            



A level walk to explore this unsung gem.  Discover the pepperpot, see a twisted spire. What is the connection with the Titanic? What is special about weavers’ cottages?

Find out about visiting Native Americans and enjoy the delightful little museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Max 30   Band B



What do William Cobbett and Mike Hawthorn have in common?  The town of Farnham will give the answer.  Castle Street has been described as the most beautiful Georgian street in England, so come and see if you agree.  Discover how Bishop Fox coped with his blindness and what happened to a corset factory!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Max 24  Band  B                                                                                                        


The sea, the Royal Pavilion and the Lanes – what more could one want?  Learn about the young ghost in a sports jacket and find out how a First Mate got the better of a king.  Discover a nauseating alternative medicine and what exactly is an ascending omnibus? What did Queen Victoria really think of Brighton?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Max 15   Band B                                                                                                            



What is so fascinating about a car show room?  Come and meet H.G. Wells, a charming wall painting and a wonderful public library. Why is the oldest part of the town away from the High Street and how do guests at the Spread Eagle reserve a room for Christmas?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Max  24   Band B                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens round this charming town.  Meet William the Conqueror’s architect, discover a charity aimed at poor travellers and find out what a herd of fat pigs had to do with the siege of Rochester Castle!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Max 30   Band C


     Tunbridge Wells

Come and take the waters in The Pantiles and find out what gives the water its distinctive flavour.  What is a pantile?  And what is a peccadillo?  Learn about the eighteenth century marriage market ruled over with a rod of iron by Beau Nash and find some of the earliest tourist souvenirs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Max 30   Band C                                                                                                                                                      



Stroll around one of the most picturesque towns in East Sussex.  Who called the town Rye Royal?  Step into a film set – Rye is often used by TV producers.

Find out what to give a Queen who has everything and hear about some rather gruesome ghosts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Max 24   Band C



Tour one of the most magical cathedral closes in England.  Mozart performed here, Edward Heath lived here!  Learn about the building of the cathedral, have a stroll in one of the oldest “new towns” in England.                   

Max 30  Band C


     2012 Olympics

This is a coach and walking tour. Please click here for further details.   


“Modern” Arundel is nearly 1000 years old!  Discover the importance of the river Arun in the development of the town, stroll through the red light district.  Find out about the Roundheads and their artillery and learn about the Dirty Duke.  What was the rivalry between the Norfolk Arms and the Crown Inn?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Max 30    Band A


Guided Walks
Frances offers a range of fascinating guided walks.  On these walks, the emphasis is on enjoyment, discovery and entertainment. They  are taken at a leisurely pace, and although some locations may include  modest gradients and the negotiation of some steps, all are easily within the ability of most people.  Just bring comfortable footwear, an enquiring mind and a sense of fun!
Amberley, Bosham, Billingshurst and Steyning have just been added to my repertoire,  but the descriptions were not quite ready when the site was published. Amberley is in band A while Bosham, Billingshurst and Steyning are in band B.

                                                Band  A         £3:50 per person.   Minimum 10 people.
                                                Band  B         £4:00 per person.   Minimum 10 people.
                                                Band  C         by arrangement.

If you would like to explore a town or village not listed here, please let me know.  If possible, I will add it to my repertoire.