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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Sunday Walk – Across the South Downs from Lewes to Saltdean

Book 2 Walk 24 – Lewes to Saltdean / Rottingdean / Brighton
Length: 15.5 km (9.6 miles) to Saltdean. Toughness: 4/10

09:46 Ore train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 09:53, East Croydon 10:03), arriving Lewes at 10:51. Buy a return to Lewes.

If you finish the walk somewhere along the coast, take one of the frequent buses to Brighton (where a Lewes ticket is valid). There are Southern trains to Victoria at xx:27 & xx:57, and Thameslink ones a few minutes later.

For some reason this Lewes walk from Volume 2 gets fewer Sunday postings than its companion via West Firle; in fact its last Sunday outing was eight years ago. The standard afternoon route is now to the coast at Saltdean, although if you'd prefer to spend time in Rodmell visiting Monk's House you could opt for one of the shorter and easier finishes back to Southease or Lewes.

After your morning walk up to and along the South Downs ridge those wanting a pub lunch descend to the popular Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell (the instructions point out that picnickers can stay on the ridge and rejoin the route a little further along the South Downs Way). The afternoon route is a less strenuous climb over the downs to Saltdean, with the option of a short extension to Rottingdean (+1.2 km) or a longer one to Brighton (+8.5 km). There should be plenty of buses if you want to end the walk at any point along the coast.

You'll need to bring the directions from the Lewes to Saltdean walk page.


JohnL said...

N=20 W=sun_and_windy. We waited under the station awning for 10 minutes for a shower to pass and then walked up onto the downs in bright sunshine. Eight or nine had lunch at the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell. They were busy with a christening party but served us reasonably promptly with good food. Several of us went to look round the Monks House and the church and decided to return to Lewes along the river. I presume most went on to Saltdean

Brian said...

N=8 picnicked on top of the Downs and then walked down to Cricketing Bottom and up and over to pretty little Telscombe with its Norman church. Across the common of Telscombe Tye the breeze became stronger and was still blowing hard as N=4 enjoyed tea and cakes at the cafe under the cliff at Saltdean.
We walked along the spray-lashed prom to Roedean where N=1 brave soul carried on on foot and the rest took the no. 12 bus to Brighton railway station.

Anonymous said...

Hi. New to SWC. Great site. Can you recommend a walk in the vicinity of Lewes/Seaford/Eastbourne that is well or partly wooded. Thanks for your help.