With Summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to get out in the English countryside, and enjoy the unique character of our small towns and villages that can be easily found, usually just a few miles from the busy road networks that span the country.
Lindfield is one such village, it has picture postcard views on almost every corner and offers the visitor the promise of a few hours of peace, and escape from the demands of the everyday.
Located in the English county of West Sussex, it was somewhere that I used to regularly jog through in my more active days back in the 80’s when I lived in nearby Haywards Heath. Remembering what a beautiful village it was, I thought I would take a trip back and try with my camera to capture some of those wonderful scenes.
As an additional incentive, I had just bought a new lens for my fujifilm X-T100, so was eager to try it out. For those interested, the lens is the XF23m F/2 R WR – a good quality prime lens, hopefully ideal for those scenic landscape shots that I love to take. All the Lindfield shots here were taken using this lens.
My walk around Lindfield started at the focal point of many such villages, the village green – complete with cricket pitch and club house. The groundsman was hard at work preparing the pitch for the forthcoming cricket season. Such a typical English scene, replicated across the country.
Not all villages have a pond, and if they do, it’s not always as stunning as Lindfield’s – the properties that look out onto this view are extremely lucky in my book (or should that be blog?)
Whilst ponds are not compulsory, High Streets are – and Lindfield’s contains a great selection of small shops, cafes and of course a pub, complete with a missing ‘T’!
Once past the commercial part of the High Street, it transforms into residential areas, which include some wonderful cottages that give the village a unique charm, as the road winds up to nearby All Saints Church.
So I wasn’t disappointed with my visit, Lindfield is a great place to spend a few leisurely hours, enjoying the slow pace of village life, and the wonderful views; definitely somewhere to put on your list.