Descending to Rodmell

Lewes to Saltdean walk

15-Sep-18 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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View from the Downs

28-Aug-04 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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Detail, garden of Southover House

28-Aug-04 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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Lewes via Rodmell Circular 1

Hanging, 26 March '05

25-Mar-05 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 2, Walk 24c(var), Lewes to Seaford

Slightly off the recommended route, near Firle

25-Mar-05 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Southover House gardens

26-Mar-05 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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Looking back to Lewes

26-Mar-05 • Peter Conway on Flickr

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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


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: Tue, 29-Jan-19

Date # Post
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