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A windy day on the chalky downs, perfect for a blustery stroll. Alexandra Harris and Scarlett Baron escape from Bloomsbury with Virginia Woolf from Rodmell to the River Ouse.

Alexandra Harris visits East Sussex, where Virginia Woolf lived and walked from 1911 until her death.
Asham, was the Woolf's first home - re-named 'Little Talland House' - making it the descendent of the Cornish holiday home she had loved as a child. Virginia and Leonard lived through the first world war here, and left with great sadness when the lease was up.

Their next home, Monks House was small and basic, but it was theirs. The garden was vast, with a view on to the fields and hills beyond, where Woolf loved to roam alone for hours, reciting her words to herself after a morning writing. There were almost too many possible paths: towards Charleston - the home of Woolf's sister Vanessa, or across Iford Down, or along the river to Piddinghoe.

In the company of Scarlett Baron, Alexandra Harris steps out in Woolf's footsteps to the river Ouse and Southease, the route she would have taken most often, to the post office.

Producers: Sarah Bowen and Sara Jane Hall.

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Thu 3 Dec 2015 13:45

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