First view of the downs

Lewes to Saltdean walk

15-Sep-18 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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On the downs

Lewes to Saltdean walk

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Descending to Rodmell

Lewes to Saltdean walk

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Descending to Saltdean

Lewes to Saltdean walk

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View from the Downs

28-Aug-04 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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Detail, garden of Southover House

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Lewes via Rodmell Circular 1

Hanging, 26 March '05

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Lewes to Saltdean walk


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Sat, 27-Feb-21

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Sun, 08-Mar-20 7

Sunday Walk: Lewes to Saltdean

Lewes to Saltdean
15.5km, 9.6 miles to Saltdean. 4 out of 10.
A fine South Downs walk offering panoramic views. From the historic town of Lewes, the route rises onto the Downs then descends into Rodmell for lunch. Then a gentle climb back over the Downs to reach the sea at Saltdean. From here, catch a bus to Brighton, or, if there's still some lead in your pencil, walk all or part of the way there along the seafront (a further 5.25 miles, 8.5 km).
9.46 Ore train from Victoria (Clapham Junction: 9:53, East Croydon 10:03) arriving Lewes 10:49
Return from Brighton at xx: 57 and xx:27 to Victoria. There are also Thameslink trains to London Bridge at xx:08 and xx:42.
A return to Lewes covers Brighton.
If you use contactless on Brighton buses, tap out again on leaving to avoid paying maximum fare.
Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell, (01273 572416).
The Avenue Tea Rooms, Longridge Avenue, Saltdean (01273 304007) "excellent cream tea".
The Spanish Lady, Longridge Avenue, Saltdean (01273 303383).
Whitecliffs Beach Café, Marine Drive, Saltdean (01273 309219)
There are more choices in Rottingdean, a further 1.2 km in the direction of Brighton. (St Margaret's church there has windows by Burne-Jones).
The Trellis tearooms, Rottingdean High St. (01273 302837) to 6:30
Molly's cafe (on the beach) to 5:30.
Walk Directions: here.
7 today plus one dog. Weather was sun cloud hail blowy on top.
A calm, occasionally sunny, day until we reached the jet stream. When we were at our most exposed on the concrete path above Rodmell Mother Nature let rip with gale force winds and horizontal hail. For about 20 minutes. So, plenty of fresh air just a shame it came with ice. Then back to calm, occasionally sunny.
A little mud here and there, but nothing serious
The Abergavenny was full, turning people away, but, luckily, I had sent the rest ahead to secure a table. Meals looked ample.
At walks end, most went to Whitecliffs. Said to be good.
Then it was buses to Brighton
Sun, 18-Aug-19 20

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. T=2.24
20 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
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 4 enjoyed tea and cakes at the cafe under the cliff at Saltdean.
We walked along the spray lashed prom to Roedean where 1 brave soul carried on on foot and the rest took the no. 12 bus to Brighton railway station.
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.
Sat, 15-Sep-18 37

Saturday walk - Lewes to Saltdean - the downs and a possible last sea swim

Length: 15.5km (9.6 miles), with a possible extension to Brighton of up to 4.9 miles
Toughness: 4 out of 10

9.46 train from Victoria (9.53 Clapham Junction, 10.03 East Croydon) to Lewes, arriving 11.11

Buy a day return to Lewes, which is also valid for return from Brighton
For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

There seems to be a break in the Brighton line engineering works this week, so I am nipping in with this downland classic. A beautiful downland walk in the morning, with fine views and a long gentle descent to Rodmell for lunch at the Abergavenny Arms **, which serves food until 2.45. Then a further easy section over the hills to descend to the sparkling sea at Saltdean.

One last last sea swim might be possible here - the tide will be high at tea time - or at nearby Rottingdean a kilometre or so to the west along the cliff bottom promenade. (Rottingdean also has a bigger selection of tea options: see below).

Optional extension: you can you can then, if you wish, walk along the cliff bottom promenade for all or part of the 3.9 miles to Brighton Pier (you can go inland at several points and get the bus if you are tired of walking) and then 1 mile further on to the station. Directions, if you need them, are on page 7 and 8 of this document - details of Rottingdean tea stops are on page 2 and 3 of the same document - or for GPX see here.

Trains back from Brighton are myriad and varied: the fastest Victoria trains are the 18 and 48 past, but there are others, plus whatever services Thameslink deign to offer us today. T=2.24

** My apologies to this week's Wednesday walkers for whom this is a repeat of their morning route. But the two walks have very different purposes: yours is a grand vigorous circuit, ours designed to be a gentle stroll. And not everyone can walk Wednesdays. And there are two other walks to choose from on Saturdays. And it is FOUR YEARS since this walk had a "summer" outing.
Hoping to join you for at least part of the walk. Just in case you were thinking of finishing at Southease and getting the train back to Lewes there are no trains on this line tomorrow. Not sure about buses.
37 on this walk, possibly more but in the maelstrom of Lewes station that was how many I was able to count.

Apologies that the train down went via Brighton due to engineering works: I had not noticed this detail on the timetable. Apologies we did not “do names”, but with the station busy with replacement bus services and such a big turnout, it was hard to find a suitable spot.

A lovely sunny day. The downs looked beautiful. Tuscany, Provence, the Alps does anywhere look as fair as the Lewes to Rodmell walk on a glorious early autumn day? We descended on the Abergavenny Arms like a plundering army and they coped for a bit and then stopped taking orders, then relented. I think everyone who wanted to eat was served within an hour.

After lunch 14 took a slightly longer route direct to Rottingdean: others did the standard route. Tea was had in various places. At least 15 people swam in the sea at Saltdean or Rottingdean possibly a record for an SWC walk. The sea was sparkling and nicely lively and not so very very cold.

Later some of us had a seaside drink and then a Thai meal in Brighton. At least two set out to walk from Rottingdean to Brighton.

There were one or two newbies on the walk who we hope enjoyed our chaotic approach and will come again.

It was a big group, so if you have some other experience of the walk you want to share, please do.
Sat, 16-Dec-17 10

Lewes to Saltdean

CW2 24 Lewes to Saltdean
Length: 15.5 km (9.6 miles). Toughness: 4/10

Catch the 9:47 from London Victoria (CJ 9:53) arrives Lewes 11:08. A day return to Lewes covers the return from Brighton

Across the south downs to Rodmell for lunch and back over the downs to Saltdean. From Saltdean you can either catch the very frequent coastal bus service into Brighton, or alterrnatively extend the walk by 8.5km by continuing westwards along the coast into Brighton (the first 4km being a cliff walk). Then once past the Marina perhaps take the Volks railway to the Palace Pier.

Intend going.
The PDF for this walk is password protected. Is that deliberate?
I've just opened it with no problems?
Yes, opening it isn't a problem but try copying a section. I want to create a shortened version with just the walk and copying isn't allowed. On other PDFs here that I've tried it is allowed.
Could you try saving the pdf and then use an on line pdf to Word converter to make your own Word doc and then edit as required? Bit long winded though.
I've tried. Asks for the password.
If you look at the document properties you'll see that you can open and print the pdf, but other operations (like copying text) are not allowed without the password. The author has done this deliberately. We're sorry if this causes inconvenience to genuine users, but in the past other people and/or organisations have copied our work and presented it as their own.
Lovely downs walk in bright winter sunshine. The Abergavenny Arms was packed but we got a table and quick service great nut roast! Then it was up over the downs for more stunning views. The scenery stood out in the crisp colours with trees silhouetted on the folds of hills. We walked on through the remote village of Telscombe, the suburbs of Saltdean highlighted by a grand art deco building, and stopped for tea at the cafe on the front before getting the bus to Brighton station. About 10 on the walk I think.It's a good winter walk because although the path from Lewes was a bit icy it was uphill, and there aren't any steep downhill parts.
10 sunny
Sat, 02-Jul-16 9

Third walk

CW2 Walk 24c - Lewes to Seaford
Length: 24.8 km (15.4 miles).
Toughness: 4/10
Short (standard) walk option: 15.5km (9.6 miles).

Catch the 9:47 from London Victoria (CJ: 9:53) arrives Lewes 10:47. Buy a day return to Seaford. For the shorter walk a day return to Lewes is accepted from Brighton station.
Return from Seaford xx:25 xx:57 20:28 20:57 21:28 21:57 22:20 22:57 23:25*
*via Brighton
Intend going.
I intend to join this walk
sun wind
Great day out enjoyed by all over full distance.
Sat, 12-Mar-16 12

Saturday First Walk - Over the South Downs to the Sea

Book 2 Walk - 2-24 - Lewes to Saltdean
9.6 miles (15.5km), toughness: 4 out of 10

This walk begins in the historic town of Lewes, before climbing up to follow a ridge along the top of the South Downs, and then descending for lunch at Rodmell. The path then continues over the Downs to the sea to emerge at the town of Saltdean. There are frequent buses from Saltdean to Brighton, or you can walk on along the sea wall (8.5 km).

Trains: 9:47 Ore/Littlehampton train from London Victoria, (09:53 Clapham Junction, 10:03 East Croydon), arriving Lewes at 10:47. Return from Brighton: frequent trains back to London (approx 6 an hour to either London Bridge, London Victoria or St Pancras). A return ticket to Lewes is valid for return from Brighton.

Lunch: Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell, 01273 572416.

Tea: If you need a drink before arriving in Brighton, a couple of options in Saltdean are The Spanish Lady, Longridge Avenue and the Whitecliffs Beach Café, Marine Drive.

Links: full walk details walk directions (pdf)

12, misty turned to sunshine almost no mud.
Lovely walk in Southdowns to the sea. In the morning we climbed up to the top of the downs in a mist it was exhilarating and majestic. We were rewarded with excellent lunch at Abergavenny Arms. It was packed with people but we managed to find a nice table and the service was efficient. Sun came out during the lunch but was in and out in the afternoon until we hit Saltdean. We had tea at beach cafe watching the glorious sunset. Some sat outside. It was so beautiful and warm, all decided to walk along the seafront to Rottingdean. At least 4 continued to Brighton and rest took a bus to the train station. A nice day out in good company.
Wed, 05-Nov-14 Lewes via Rodmell Circular, via Northease Manor
Sat, 23-Aug-14 15 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 19-Apr-14 11 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 25-Jan-14 24 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 13-Apr-13 1 Lewes to Seaford, via Rodmell and River Ouse
Sat, 23-Feb-13 13 Lewes to Saltdean
Wed, 19-Sep-12 Lewes to Saltdean
Sun, 24-Jul-11 Lewes to Saltdean
Wed, 15-Jun-11 Lewes to Seaford, via Rodmell and River Ouse
Fri, 29-Apr-11 Lewes via Rodmell Circular, via Northease Manor
Sat, 06-Nov-10 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 31-Jul-10 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 29-May-10 Lewes to Saltdean
Sun, 14-Feb-10 Lewes via Rodmell Circular, via Northease Manor
Sat, 29-Nov-08 Lewes to Saltdean
Wed, 05-Nov-08 Lewes to Saltdean
Sun, 07-Sep-08 Lewes to Southease (short walk)
Sun, 13-Jul-08 Lewes to Saltdean
Wed, 02-Jul-08 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 26-Jan-08 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 01-Sep-07 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 01-Sep-07 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 04-Aug-07 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 27-Jan-07 Lewes to Saltdean
Sun, 12-Nov-06 Lewes to Saltdean
Sat, 04-Nov-06 Lewes to Saltdean