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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Wednesday Walk Lewes Circular - an anti-clockwise, energetic walk along and over the South Downs

SWC 47 - Lewes Circular, via Southease, Rodmell, Glynde and Mount Caburn 

Length: 23.5 km (14.6 miles). Option to end walk in Glynde - length 17.2 km (10.7 miles). Short walk to Southease - length 10.8 km (6.7 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10   Three South Downs ridges

London Victoria: 09-46 hrs  Littlehampton & Ore service.    CJ 09-52 hrs,   EC 10-03 hrs
Arrive Lewes: 10-53 hrs

Non-Senior Railcard holders: make your way to East Croydon and use your pass after 10 am from there.

Return : Lewes to Victoria:  21 and 45 mins past the hour

Return from Glynde to Lewes: 27 mins past the hour - and connect with the 45 mins service to London

Return from Southease to Lewes: 05 mins past the hour - and connect with the 27 mins service to London

Southease to Seaford: 06 mins past the hour (plus 16-36)

Seaford to Lewes: 25 and 53 mins past the hour


This is an energetic walk, with 1,600 feet of ascent over three distinct downland ridges, offering lovely views for most of the day.  Most SWC walkers prefer doing this circular walk anti-clockwise, so I am assuming you will elect this way round today.

Your pub lunch stop today, after the long opening leg of the walk to Southease, is the Abergavenny Arms in the village of Rodmell. It's usually good. After lunch you walk down to Southease railway station (an early opt-out point if you have had enough walking) with trains once an hour back to Lewes - or to Seaford if you want to visit the seaside, maybe for a swim, for a mix and match day.

Continuing with the walk, the leg back up onto the Downs from Southease and down to Glynde is lovely. Glynde railway station gives you another opt-out. From Glynde you ascend Mount Caburn (your last energetic / hard work stretch today - honest !)  then its mostly downhill to the centre of the town of  Lewes.

Lots of pubs and tea places in Lewes for walk-end relaxation (you will be tired by now) before your journey back to London.

This is one of our very best South Downs adventures.
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Walk directions here: L=swc.47

1 comment:

PeteG said...

n=7 at the start on this lovely walk. A damp drizzle leaving Lewis stopped giving a dry walk to Rodmel . Prompt service in the Abergavenny Arms, luckily not too busy when we arrived at one, but it quickly filled up. We lost one walker early on, one at Southese, one at Glynde when the rain started, with 4 completing the whole walk. w=2 hours of light rain. two of us enjoyed the excellent beer in the Landsdown Arms.