Art Critic

Jun 13, 2024 | Open Walks

Philip Jackson statue

Date: TBC
Start: Cocking Hill
Start Time: 09.30
Distance: 6 miles
Terrain: A steady climb back up the Downs

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This 6 mile long art trail up and over the South Downs is for the slightly more athletic, as opposed to armchair, aesthetes. You will be engaging your inner art critic as our walk combines and contrasts the sculpture of Philip Jackson and Andy Goldsworthy. These men are two extremely talented artists but with quite different styles. Jackson describes his sculptures as “essentially an impressionistic rendering of the figure” while Goldsworthy’s work is site-specific and usually only exists briefly before they are altered and ultimately erased by natural processes.

This walk first drops down to Cocking village to visit Philip Jackson’s sculpture garden. We will then have a coffee and toilet break at the Blue Bell Inn before catching the bus to West Dean. This is then the start of the Andy Goldsworthy’s Chalk Stone Trail, which we will follow back to Cocking Hill.

Additional Information

Finish Time: approx 14.30

Bus fee: £2 for West Dean to Cocking (buses run twice an hour so there may be a short wait)

Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads allowed

Food: Bring a packed lunch

Andy Goldsworthy chalk stone

Rural Strides

Rural Strides is passionate about the history and cultural landscape of the Western Weald. Through engaging walks, which interpret the land and share local stories, we seek to connect people not only to the beauty of the area but also to inspiring local businesses. We hope you will find a Rural Strides walk an authentic and memorable experience, that will leave you feeling like a local!

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