Lewes to Saltdean walk

South Downs Way along a chalk ridge in the morning, remote Rodmell for lunch, then back up and over the downs to the coast. Undercliff path, or bus to Brighton

History

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.

Date Post # Weather
Sat, 30-Apr-22 Saturday Walk: Lewes to Saltdean 14 beautiful sunny day with an occasional cool breeze
Sun, 23-Jan-22 Sunday Walk: Lewes to Saltdean 11 overcast
Sat, 11-Dec-21 Lewes to Saltdean 2 overcast
Sat, 19-Jun-21 Lewes to Seaford 11
Sun, 08-Mar-20 Sunday Walk: Lewes to Saltdean 7 sun cloud hail blowy on top
Sun, 18-Aug-19 Sunday Walk – Across the South Downs from Lewes to Saltdean 20 sun and windy
Sat, 15-Sep-18 Saturday walk - Lewes to Saltdean - the downs and a possible last sea swim 37 sunny
Sat, 16-Dec-17 Lewes to Saltdean 10 sunny
Sat, 02-Jul-16 Third walk 9 sun wind
Sat, 12-Mar-16 Saturday First Walk - Over the South Downs to the Sea 12 misty turned to sunshine almost no mud
Wed, 05-Nov-14 Lewes via Rodmell Circular, via Northease Manor
Sat, 23-Aug-14 Lewes to Saltdean 15
Sat, 19-Apr-14 Lewes to Saltdean 11
Sat, 25-Jan-14 Lewes to Saltdean 24
Sat, 13-Apr-13 Lewes to Seaford, via Rodmell and River Ouse 1
Sat, 23-Feb-13 Lewes to Saltdean 13
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 Saltdean
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
Sat, 30-Apr-22
Saturday Walk: Lewes to Saltdean
9.6 miles / 15.5km
Add an extra 4 miles to continue on from Saltdean to Brighton.
This walk heads up over the South Downs to Rodmell for lunch, and then on to the coast at Saltdean. From here there are frequent buses to Brighton. You can also walk along the seafront all the way to Brighton, or pick up a bus somewhere along the route.
Trains: 09:55 London Bridge, (10:12 East Croydon), 10:57 Lewes.
Return trains from Brighton 4 per hour, but no trains to London Victoria today. A return ticket to Lewes is valid for return from Brighton.
Lunch: Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell, now serving food all day. Inside tables (only) can be booked, but expect to have to pay a deposit for a group of 6+. Tel 01273 472 416.
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  • 01-May-22

    I counted 14 at the station on a beautiful sunny day with an occasional cool breeze . I was towards the back of the group in the morning so I don't know what happened to everyone, but five of us diverted to Southease church for lunch, a lovely tranquil spot.

    Turkeys and llamas were among the livestock spotted. The walk up Southease Hill is marred by a horrible noisy dirt-bike track on the opposite slope, and our local agent recommended walking along a minor road to Telscombe instead of the normal route.

    Three pub lunchers (who reported favourably on the Abergavenny Arms) caught us up on the approach to Saltdean where we then walked along the shore to Rottingdean. This was enlivened by the arrival from the sky of two paragliders who made very elegant landings on the beach just in front of us.

    At Rottingdean three of us got the bus to Brighton for drinks in the excellent Basketmakers Arms, where three of the others later joined us. A fantastic day out apart from the very busy train journeys.

  • 01-May-22

    Lovely walk and great weather. Abergavenny Arms had great food and beer.

    A few of us including me walked back to Brighton. First time I'd walked this bit. Interesting and quite enjoyable. Although not likely to repeat in a hurry. One person went into swim, and didnt succeed in the very cold water at Rottingdean.

Sun, 23-Jan-22
Sunday Walk: Lewes to Saltdean

15.5km (9.6 miles). 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 you can either catch a bus to Brighton (frequent service) or walk through some (or all 😬) of the way there along the seafront. (It's a further 5.25 miles in total). Play your cards right, you might even glimpse them famous starlings murmurating out at sea. (If that’s not a word, it should be).
Trains
9.46 Ore train from Victoria (Clapham Junction: 9:53, East Croydon 10:05) arriving Lewes 10:55
Return from Brighton at xx: 09 and xx:39 to Victoria. There are also Thameslink trains to London Bridge at xx:17 xx:29 and xx:59.
A return to Lewes covers Brighton.
If you use contactless on Brighton buses, tap out again on leaving to avoid paying maximum fare.
Lunch
Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell, (01273 572416).
Tea
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). Mollys at the Beach open till 5:30, SeaSpray on the High St open till 4.

Walk Directions: here.
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  • 23-Jan-22

    N was 11, I think.

    Fairly good views, on an overcast day. The 1st sister could be seen fairly clearly from the top of the downs.

    5 had a great lunch in the Abergavenny. Harvey's Old was on, and went down very well.

    The usual splitting into groups meant we hoped we didn't lose anyone.

    Three of us enjoyed coffee and a bite to keep going overlooking the sea at the Saltdean Whitecliffs cafe.

    I had stayed overnight in Lewes after yesterday's walk (or half walk as I had joined at the lunchtime pub).

  • 23-Jan-22

    11 overcast

  • 24-Jan-22

    6 eschewed the pub on this unusually popular walking day. A dozen walkers marched past Lewes station as we assembled, never to be seen again, and we were joined at our picnic spot at the top of Mill Hill by about 20 members of the Brighton Walk and Talk group, who were convivial company and at least one of whom was a previous SWC walker. Down to Cricketing Bottom, mercifully less muddy than usual, and on to sleepy Telscombe, where the church was locked but the first snowdrops were peeping through. My 1:25000 OS map shows a Youth Hostel there which, according to Gavin, was open 10 years ago when he stayed, but closed not long after. Very pleasant walking weather saw our group of four down to Saltdean, two to catch the bus to Brighton, two to linger over tea and cake before following.

Sat, 11-Dec-21
Lewes to Saltdean
CW2 24 Lewes to Saltdean
Length: 15.5 km (9.6 miles). Toughness: 4/10
Catch the 9:54 from London Victoria (CJ 10:01) arrives Lewes 10:59. 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 alternatively extend the walk by 8.5km by continuing westwards along the coast into Brighton (the first 4km being a cliff walk).
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  • 07-Dec-21

    Intend going

  • 13-Dec-21

    Took an earlier train to Lewes for tea at the runaway café. The 9:54 was delayed / cancelled not sure. Set off on an invigorating walk over the downs to Abergavenny Arms, exchanging a couple of texts en route with the late arrival on the delayed 9:54 who soon arrived making it 2 . We had a leisurely Christmas lunch before setting off for Saltdean. There was a slight drizzle just at the end of the walk it having been overcast all day.

Sat, 19-Jun-21
Lewes to Seaford
Lewes to Seaford
Length: 25km (15.5 miles); 4/10
Various shortcut options: Finish at Saltdean, quit at Southease etc.
Catch the 09:24 train from London Victoria to Lewes, arriving 10:26.
(5th June - Posted this walk in advance as there are still discounted advance rail tickets to Lewes (£8.50) and return from Seaford (£5). For return you will have to commit to a specific train time, currently 19:25, 19:53 or 20:53. These will probably be gone in a few days.
For track and trace purposes please visit London Walker User Group, sign on, click on the Events button, choose your walk and click on the Pre-register button, confirm you're covid clear.
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  • Mike
    05-Jun-21

    If anyone is interested, we can try out an alternative ending (the last page), which I plan to include in a new walk shortly.

    Here's 2 tips based on local knowledge.

    For refreshments, don't overlook the white building with sloping roof which is on your right as you hit the seafront. This is Seaford Sailing Club, but they have a thriving cafe with outdoor seating. Also, when you reach The Salts I'd cut diagonally across the grass, which brings you out opposite Morrisons - turn left and left again for Seaford station. Quicker and easier on the feet!

  • 18-Jun-21

    Intend going.

  • Anonymous
    19-Jun-21

    lewes to saltdean comes up on map so stayed in lewes today, confused. Gavin

  • 20-Jun-21

    The train from Victoria as posted was cancelled so only those boarding at East Croydon made it it to Lewes for the start including DAC who caught an earlier train. 9 including a late starter who joined us for lunch having walked from Southease. Did anyone else catch a later train?

  • 20-Jun-21

    9 confirmed so far, then

  • teacup
    20-Jun-21

    Two more just missed the East Croydon connection and probably started half an hour later than everyone else. Wonderful walk, we did the option via Kingston, then up on the downs and cut across to Telscombe via Highdale Hill. The wildflowers on this quiet path were stunning. We had lunch in the pretty churchyard at Telscombe, then down to Southease Youth Hostel for tea. We carried on the South Downs Way, then turned down towards Bishopstone and on to Seaford and got pinot grigio takeaways from the handy bar on the station.

  • Anonymous
    20-Jun-21

    11

  • 20-Jun-21

    A cloudy day with no rain or winds so ideal for this high level South Downs walk. 8 of us walked together until Rodmell where 6 of us had booked a table at the Abergavenny arms with provision for an adjacent table for anyone who joined later having missed the scheduled train. 2 went on without stopping with the intention of trying an alternative ending having thoughtfully suggested we check out the Seaford yacht club at Brightstone. 2 of us would have taken the short cut route to Saltash being limited by worn out knee ligaments but were persuaded to do the full monty to Seaford making for 15 miles. 1 stayed in the pub for pudding and coffee 2 left earlier to include a visit to the excellent cafe bar at Seaford station, 1 left independently and was never seen again whilst 3 of us set off to do the full walk but were unable to keep up with the leading man who left 2 of us with no printed route guide but thankfully an ordnance survey map. I managed to keep up within half a mile but lost the recommended route into Seaford and resorted to my sat nav by road into Brightstone. My slower companion was a mile behind when I lost him so alone I headed for the Seaford yacht club and phoned for assistance from our walk poster who was half an hour behind me having enjoyed a 2 course lunch.

    Tea and excellent cakes were consumed served by charming young girls who gave us their business card to include in the walk notes and explained that on Saturdays the cafe is open until 8pm. On Sunday they have a Bar B Q for members until 3 pm then open to the public for afternoon tea etc. A relaxing stress free walk to the station along the promenade ensued where I caught the 19.25 train leaving DAC to seek further refreshments to kill time before his reserved train ticket permitted. Home at 10pm nursing strained knee ligaments. No more 15 mile walks for me trying to keep up with Munro pace Walkers!!

  • Mike P
    26-Jun-21

    For Brightstone read Bishopstone and for Saltash (Devon) read Saltdean. Glad to see the Sailing Club was worth a visit - it is the only seafront cafe in Seaford. In contrast I went to Saltdean the other day and found the Spanish Lady all boarded up.

Sun, 08-Mar-20
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).
Trains
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.
Lunch
Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell, (01273 572416).
Tea
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.
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  • 10-Mar-20

    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
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.

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  • 19-Aug-19

    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

  • 20-Aug-19

    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.

  • Anonymous
    22-Aug-19

    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
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.
  • 14-Sep-18

    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.

  • 15-Sep-18

    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
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.

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  • 14-Dec-17

    Intend going.

  • 15-Dec-17

    The PDF for this walk is password protected. Is that deliberate?

  • 15-Dec-17

    I've just opened it with no problems?

  • 15-Dec-17

    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.

  • 15-Dec-17

    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.

  • 15-Dec-17

    I've tried. Asks for the password.

  • 15-Dec-17

    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.

  • 18-Dec-17

    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.

  • Anonymous
    18-Dec-17

    10 sunny

Sat, 02-Jul-16
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
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  • 30-Jun-16

    Intend going.

  • Peter Gibson
    01-Jul-16

    I intend to join this walk

  • Anonymous
    03-Jul-16

    9

    sun wind

    Great day out enjoyed by all over full distance.

Sat, 12-Mar-16
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)

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  • Anonymous
    13-Mar-16

    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.