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Sunday, 22 May 2016

A South Downs ramble with an ending in bustling Brighton

Free walk 134 Lewes to Brighton via Rottingdean

Length  18.7km (11.8m); toughness 4/10

Trains 09:47 London Victoria arrives Lewes 10.52

There are frequent return trains from Brighton to London – about 5 an hour. You can return to London Victoria or London Bridge so ensure your ticket is valid for either.

Buy a day return to Lewes

This walk takes you across a less-frequented area of the South Down with  a couple of climbs and magnificent views across the plains of the River Ouse.

You take lunch in Rottingdean which has a number of places to eat. Brighton is packed with cafes and pubs for tea options and the walk summary here gives some suggestions. Click on the "download walk pdf" button at the top of the walk's page for full walk instructions. 

Walk options - alternative ending
You can end the walk in Rottingdean and take a frequent bus to Brighton or walk along the concrete promenade path at the base of the cliffs. If this feels a too “urban” an ending to a walk then there is the option to walk from Rottingdean to Southease which adds just under a mile to the walk . (Southease now has a café at the Youth Hostel just 150m from the station but you will need to get there before 4pm on a Sunday. The walk notes need up-dating here.)

If you want to do the Southease option you will need a return ticket from the small station there. Trains are at xx:09 to Lewes where you pick up a connecting train to London.)


PeteB said...

Just n=-4 on this walk which on reflection was perhaps not my finest choice as it probably works best as a summer swimming walk and also because to be frank its not the most interesting section of the South Downs and the last 5 miles is on tarmac or concrete. There were just 2 of us on the platform at Lewes. One SWC regular missed the advertised train, caught another to Brighton and did the walk in reverse. Another got caught up in train problems took a bus to Rottingdean and with my walks companion did I think walk to Southease leaving me to plod on to Brighton where I got caught up in a huge car rally celebrating the British Mini. Weather w=fine-and-dry throughout.

Finally I did my bit for nature by saving a lovely slow-worm from almost certain crushing by a car in the lane at Kingston just beyond Lewes.

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Anonymous said...

Two more following half an hour behind

NickH said...

I arrived late, managed to miss Rottingdean and walked to Telscombe instead (I was using an older copy of book 2). It was an enjoyable walk, so thanks for the posting it here.