This walk, along with the shorter options below, is mainly along ridges and offers superb downland views throughout with two excellent lunch-time pubs. The beauty of this walk is that you can see the way ahead so direction finding is fairly easy.
- The walk starts in Lewes, crosses the River Ouse in the town centre and then climbs a lane to a golf club car-park. You then take a signposted path following a circular ridge route, with glorious views throughout followed by a long descent into Glynde. (6.1km, 3.8miles)
- From Glynde station you pass the Trevor Arms , a possible early lunch-time pub stop, go through the village to cross over the busy A24 and then take a route passing Preston Court Farm. You go through the entrance to Firle Park, cross a field and enter the village of West Firle for lunch and drinks at the Ram Inn. (2.6km, 1.6 miles)
- From the Ram Inn you take the road through the village to start a long climb up,to a spot near Firle Beacon. You then follow a clear path at the top of the ridge heading for two large radio masts clearly visible in the distance. You pass these and then at the next field boundary find a gently descending path which eventually brings you to Bishopstone and from there to Seaford. (14.2km, 8.9 miles)
Author's Note: This is not the 15.4m Lewes to Seaford walk 24c in Time Book of Country Walks Volume 2 but a shorter, more direct variation which links sections of three different SWC walks to provide a glorious ramble over the South Downs covering areas less frequently walked. The shorter options from Glynde are suitable not just for summer but spring and autumn also and possibly in winter if done at a brisk pace and the weather is clear and fine. The main 14.3m walk is a companion walk to Book 1 Walk 31, Glynde to Seaford and Free Walk 47, Lewes circular via Glynde and Southease.
These are from London Victoria and run direct to Lewes. You could also catch a train from London Victoria to Brighton and then take a connecting train to Lewes or Glynde.
If you are starting the walk from Glynde then you can change at Lewes or catch a train to Brighton and take a connecting train. On a Sunday you have a better connection to Glynde via Brighton.
Buy a day return to Seaford. This also covers you for journeys to and from Brighton
If you end the walk in Glynde there are hourly trains from there to Brighton and Lewes.
You can take a leisurely bus-ride to the centre of Brighton from a bus-stop just 50m beyond Seaford Station.
You can park in Lewes and catch a train from Seaford to Lewes or park in Brighton and again catch a train from Seaford to Brighton
|Lunch and Tea
If you are following the route via West Firle your lunch-time pub is the Ram Inn at West Firle (01273 858222). This Pub and Bed and Breakfast is very popular in summer so you will need to ring ahead to book a table.
If you are not going via West Firle your lunch-time pub is the excellent Trevor Arms (01273 858 208) just past Glynde Station.
There are no refreshment stops beyond West Firle until you have completed the 8.9m leg into Seaford so it is advisable to take some snacks and plenty of water with you on this long stretch.
In Seaford the recommended tea stop is Salts Café in the recreation ground behind the sea-front road and about 400m from the station. It does soft drinks, tea and cakes and a range of excellent ice-creams. Open until about 6pm on weekends.
If you did the short walk from Glynde to Seaford and want a meal there then Trawlers fish and chip shop is recommended. It is just a few yards from Seaford Station but is not open on a Sunday. There are other meal options in Seaford and it is worth googling “cafes in Seaford” to find some alternatives. Choice may be restricted on a Sunday when places tend to close early.