104 KIPLING'S SUSSEX
A fair and quiet resting place encircles this grey old church, and your thoughts here should go back to the Faerie Queene : " This is the port of rest from troublous toyle,
The worlde's sweet Inn from paine and wearisome turmoyle."
On the south exterior you may see a Pelham buckle, and a Catherine wheel carved on the buttress.
The last mile of the lane, which leads from Hooe to Wartling, is thick with hazel-nut bushes, and should you walk that way in September you must remember the Sussex proverb, "If you go a-nutting on Sunday, Satan will come and hold the boughs down for you ! "
The Convent House is a notable old red-tiled building, and the most critical wayfarer will be arrested by the sign of " Teas served here," hanging on the gate, also the Lamb Inn is well qualified to entertain the wanderer.
About one mile past Wartling is a gate on the left which gives access to the Hurstmonceux domain ; this being entered, the upper part of the ruin will soon come into view; the castle lies quite in a hollow.
The gardens are open on payment of a small fee on Wednesdays.