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Horses, fields

Horses, fields

Lewes to Seaford (composite route)

21-Jul-13 • moontiger on Flickr

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Book 2, Walk 26, Southease to Seaford

Book 2, Walk 26, Southease to Seaford

25-Mar-05 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 2, Walk 26, Southease to Seaford

Book 2, Walk 26, Southease to Seaford

2 April 2005

01-Apr-05 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Southease to Seaford

Southease to Seaford

The local hunt meets Saturday Walkers near Poverty Bottom; which somehow seems appropriate... D.Allen Vivitar 5199 (5mp)

01-Jan-06 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Book 2 Walk 26 Southease to Seaford

Book 2 Walk 26 Southease to Seaford

camera shake after lunch at the Abergavenny Arms (and we have to climb up to where that barely visible mast is later). D.Allen Vivitar 5199 5 mp

01-Jan-06 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead

View from the (not-so-new-now) bridge at Southease of the South Downs Way, East Sussex. D.Allen Vivitar 5199 (5mp)

01-Jul-06 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Meetup: on the Southease to Seaford walk

Meetup: on the Southease to Seaford walk

The local hunt meets Saturday Walkers near Poverty Bottom; which somehow seems appropriate... D.Allen Vivitar 5199 (5mp)

01-Aug-06 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Southease to Seaford Walk

A loop to Rodmell for lunch, then up and across the South Downs. Finishes by the sea.

The South Downs Way via Rodmell and Bishopstone

Length

Standard walk 18.1km (11.3 miles), 5 hours 40 minutes. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals allow at least 10 hours.

Without loop to lunch at Rodmell 12.3km (7.6 miles), 3 hours 50 minutes.

Ending at Bishopstone cuts 1.8km (1.1 miles) of any of the walks

Lewes to Seaford 24.8km(15.4 miles) 6 hours 30 minutes.

Maps OS Landranger Map No. 198, OS Explorer Maps OL11 (formerly 122) & OL25 (formerly 123).
Toughness 6 out of 10.
Features This walk offers a wealth of contrasting scenery, passing alongside a river, then rising to the heights of the South Downs to command views both inland and out to the coast, before descending to pass through pretty villages en route to the seaside. It begins at Southease station then follows the banks of the River Ouse to Rodmell for an early lunch. Afterwards the route retraces to Southease via an alternative way which passes its picturesque village centre, then ascends to follow a ridge of the South Downs Way before heading south to the village of Bishopstone and the coast. It finally follows the seaside esplanade to the sleepy seaside town of Seaford with its variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Walk Options

Cutting out lunch at Rodmell: Instead of heading west to Rodmell for lunch, you follow the route directly east from Southease station to Seaford, reducing the walk to 12.3km (7.6 miles). If you do this there is no refreshment stop until the end of the walk however

Ending at Bishopstone station cuts 1.8km (1.1 miles) off any of the other walk options

Lewes to Seaford : Using the morning of Walk 24, Lewes to Saltdean, as far as its lunchtime pub, the Abergavenny Arms, and then switching to this walk at point [2] makes a grand Lewes to Seaford walk of 24.8km (15.3 miles)

History

Rodmell's best known landmark is the Monk's House (tel 01372 453 401).This was the summer home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf from 1919 onwards, and it was while staying here that Virgina committed suicide in March 1941 (when she filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in the Ouse, her body being found up against the piers of the bridge at Southease). Her ashes are buried in the garden. Leonard remained here until he died in 1969. Visitors to the house during the years they spent here included Vita Sackville-West, Lytton Strachey, E. M. Forster, Maynard Keynes, T. S. Eliot and Roger Fry. The house is now owned by the National Trust and open to visitors on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons only, April to the end of October 2pm to 5.30pm.

Bishopstone is so called because the Bishops of Chichester stayed here until the 1600's. St Andrew's church has some of the earliest Saxon works in Sussex and parts of the eighth century structure remain. The church hosts two Summer fetes, on the first Saturday of May and the first Saturday of August, and it is worth considering these dates when planning to go on this walk as both events provide welcome refreshments. Otherwise please note there is nothing available between Rodmell and Seaford.

Transport

Two trains an hour run from London Victoria to Lewes, where you change for Southease (journey time 1 hour 17 minutes). Take the first train after 10am from Victoria to get to lunch in Rodmell in time. Trains back from Seaford run twice hourly (one per hour on Sundays): change at Lewes for London (journey time about 1 hour 30 minutes).

By car: park at or near Lewes station, and travel one stop to Southease station. There is no parking in the environs of Southease station

Lunch

The Abergavenny Arms (tel 01273 472416), Newhaven Road, Rodmell serves food from midday to 3pm Monday to Saturday and to 4pm on Sunday. This is a large friendly pub with a log fire, and wide menu advertising 'traditional english wholesome home made food'.

Picnic Virtually anywhere along the South Downs would be a good picnic spot, or perhaps on the green outside St. Andrew's Church at Bishopstone.Note under 'Walk Options' that if you are planning to picnic rather than lunch at the pub, you could dispense with the detour to Rodmell and continue directly east to Seaford. However, even if you don't want lunch at Rodmell, it is still worth going there for the walk along the river and to visit Monk's House when it is open.

Tea

Seaford does have various cafés, but most tend to close too early to be of use on this walk.

The Old Plough pub (01323 872921), near the church in the centre of Seaford, is a reliable alternative, serving tea and coffee in large pots, as well as tasty desserts

Salts Café, Salts Recreation Ground. (01323 490727). Seasonal opening times.

Trawlers Fish & Chip Restaurant, near the station, is a quality fish and chip shop, and a firm favourite with SWC walkers

On the seafront, the Beachcomber Bar (01323 892719) on the corner of Dane Road serves tea and coffee all afternoon. Closed, demolished and redeveloped as retirement flats.

Book

An earlier version of this walk was published in Time Out Country Walks near London volume 2. We now recommend using this online version as the book is now dated.

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Trains

Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: BN8 6JS Directions then return to your car by train:

Finish: BN25 2AR Directions then travel to the start by train:

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Help

Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Jun-17

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Walk Directions  

Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk

Sorry, the sketch map they refer to is only in the book.