L=3.47.® SWC walk 47 - Lewes Circular via Southease and Glynde
Length: 17.2km (10.7 miles) to 23.5km (14.6 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10: one steep climb per section, level or downhill otherwise 9.46
train from Victoria
(9.52 Clapham Junction
, 10.02 East Croydon
) to Lewes, arriving 10.50. ** LATE START OPTION: see end of post
Buy a day return to Lewes
if planning to do the whole walk,
or a day return to Glynde
if you think you might want to finish there.
For walk directions
. You only need pages 1-2 and the anticlockwise directions on page 6-8.
Every step of this walk will be familiar territory to many SWC walkers from book two walks 24 and 25, but it is putting it all together that makes a grand June day out. If you stay the course, you go over three sections of downland and cross two valleys (each with a pub in it) and end up back in Lewes feeling pretty pleased with yourself. Throughout you have wonderful views, including the whole route you have done and have still to do.
The walk can be done clockwise, but it is anticlockwise
(Lewes-Southease-Glynde-Lewes) I much prefer and ordain for today. It has lots of advantages, including getting the longest section out of the way before lunch, shorter climbs and longer descents, and better options for cutting the walk short.
By this route it is 9.2km (5.7 miles)
to lunch at the Abergavenny Arms
via the familiar morning route of book 2, walk 24. (An alternative lunch would be at the YHA cafe
by Southease station 1.6km/1 mile further on). You then have a 8km (5 mile)
walk from the Abergavenny Arms to Glynde
. Tea options here include the Trevor Arms
or the Little Cottage Tea Rooms
. You can finish the walk at Glynde
(making a total walk of 17.2km (10.7 miles)
by taking a train to Lewes at 23
past the hour.
Otherwise the last 6.3km (3.9 miles)
of the walk - more of a victory lap, really - are over wonderful Mount Caburn: one sustained climb with lovely views and then a gentle stroll down into Lewes, from where trains return to London at 20
past until 19.52
, then 20.52
and 22.40 (the last being the "Glyndebourne train" that you will share with dinner-jacketed opera goers).
** LATE START OPTION:
Slugabeds could catch the 11.16
train to Lewes
, arriving 12.20, changing there for the 12.28
arriving 12.34. Buy a day return to Southease
. Print off the book 26 directions
and follow them to lunch at the Abergavenny Arms (3.5km/2.2 miles) and join the group there. If you then walk to Glynde you will have done a walk of 11.5km (7.2 miles)
and finishing the walk to Lewes will make it 17.8km (11.1 miles)