SWC Walk 25 (in reverse and with the alternative ending) – Eastbourne to Glynde
First posting of this version of the walk (so the SWC files suggest, anyway)
Length: 26.2 km (16.3 mi), ascent: 644 m, net walking time: ca. 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 9 out of 10
or: Eastbourne to Berwick (20.3 km/12.6 mi, 470m ascent, 6/10)
Take the 09.16 train from Victoria (09.22 CJ, 09.32 EC), arriving Eastbourne at 10.44
Return trains: XX.23 (change in Brighton!, 80 minutes journey time, 5 mins earlier from Berwick). Buy an Eastbourne return ticket.
To make use of one of the last long days: a longish South Downs ramble with three notable ascents, but very few sea views. This is because the route follows the inland variant of the easterly end of the South Downs Way, instead of the well-trodden Beachy Head-route. So, once out of Eastbourne and up on the Downs, you turn north towards the picturesque village of Jevington and then via the Long Man of Wilmington down into the Cuckmere Valley to Alfriston. From there it's back onto the South Downs to follow the ridge all the way to Beddingham Hill, where you turn north down to Glynde.
This is a map-lead walk
, but it is very easy to follow. For a map
, a height profile
and gpx/kml files
An early lunch stop
could be The Eight Bells
(10.1 km/6.3 mi), but realistically lunch
should be further along in Alfriston
, for example at The George
(15.3 km/9.7 mi).
the splendid Trevor Arms
in Glynde is an ideal stop close by the station.
You should be fine for light, as sunset will be just after 18.00, giving sufficient light up to 18.30, but if you have a head torch, why not bring it? Also: Alfriston is reached after about 3/5 of distance and effort, so it will be easy to gauge whether you are on schedule to get to Glynde in daylight. If running late, just walk the shortcut to Berwick instead…For the shortcut
, you head north from Alfriston to Berwick station (and The Berwick Inn
opposite), either directly along the Vanguard Way (20.3 km/12.6 mi, 470m ascent, 6/10 rating
), passing The Cricketers Arms
in Berwick village along the way, or via Alciston village (21.9 km/13.6 mi, 470m ascent, 7/10 rating
) passing The Rose Cottage Inn
For details of these shortcut routes check the map here