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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Saturday Walk - Lewes Circular (via Southease and Glynde)/South Downs Beer & Cider Festival

First Saturday outing in three years…

Length: 24.2 km (15.1 mi) [dropouts: at Southease or Glynde station; longer: via West Firle (29.7 km/18.4 mi)]
Ascent/Descent: 575m
Net Walking Time: ca. 6 hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10

Take the 09.46 Ore & Littlehampton service from Victoria  (CJ 09.53, EC 10.03), arrives Lewes 10.53 [train splits at Haywards Heath]. Return trains: xx.21 and xx.48.

This walk is written up in either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. I am posting the anti-clockwise one, but – this being the SWC – you can of course do what you like… incl. walking a longer version via West Firle.

“This is an energetic walk over three distinct downland ridges, with magnificent views throughout. One of the pleasures of the walk is that the entire route is in view for much of the walk, so you can look back at the terrain you have already done or ahead to the delights to come. Navigation is easy, the walking is over wide and distinct paths, and while there are three substantial climbs, most of the walk is flat, gently undulating or downhill.
As well as plenty of grand downland walking, the route includes a start and finish in historic Lewes, quaint corners of which you see both at the start and end of the walk, an optional detour to Mount Caburn (Iron Age fort) with its dramatic viewpoint of the whole circuit, and the pleasant small village of Glynde. You also pass the remote station of Southease, with its YHA cafe nearby. The walk passes 2 train stations on the way between the 3 hills, so if you want to drop out, it’s quite easy.”

Today is the second day of the 23rd  South Downs Beer & Cider Festival at Lewes Town Hall. Ticketed entry to 18.00 hours, free afterwards.

For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.

Lunch: Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell (9.0 km/5.6 mi, food to 14.45) or The Ram Inn in West Firle on the long walk (20.0 km/12.4 mi, lunch served to 15.00, then the bar menu).
Tea: Plenty of options in Lewes. For details see the pdf. T=swc.47

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