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SWC Walk 272 Uckfield to Lewes

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Bluebells in Unnamed Wood near Owlsbury Farm

SWC Walk 272 Uckfield to Lewes

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The Anchor Inn & Boating on the River Ouse

SWC Walk 272 Uckfield to Lewes

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Millstream, from Pikes Bridge, Barcombe Mills

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Itford and Beddingham Hills

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Lewes and River Ouse, from descent path along road from Golf Club

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Uckfield to Lewes walk

A gentle walk along river valleys through fields and woods, finishing with a climb over the South Downs above Glyndebourne

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
Mon, 17-Apr-17 6

Easter Monday Walk - Two Quiet River Valleys and a South Downs Ascent: Uckfield to Lewes

Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: ???/???m; Net Walking Time: about 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 4/10
Take the 09.08 Uckfield train from London Bridge (Croydon 09.22), arrives Uckfield 10.21.
Return trains from Lewes are on xx.07 (chg Brighton), xx.16 & xx.54 (direct), journey time between 63 and 77 minutes.
Buy a Lewes return, this should be accepted on the Uckfield line.
This walk suffered from very overgrown paths on its first proper outing at the end of last summer (it had been ‘in development’ for a few years after a first test), but this should not be a problem this early in the year (in the same way as it wasn’t a problem on its test outing in June 14, from memory).
Much of the walk traverses fields, woods and riverside paths through two quiet river valleys (the Uck and the Ouse), before finishing with an invigorating climb over the South Downs above Glyndebourne. There are swimming opportunities along the River Ouse for the brave (or foolhardy), and the lunch pub offers boat hire if you fancy spending time on the river before continuing the walk. In the afternoon you can shorten the walk, and avoid the one climb, by following the river all the way into Lewes.
Note: this is one of the very few walks on our site now still without a gpx file and therefore also without a printable route map.
Lunch: The Anchor Inn and Boating, Barcombe, a country pub and restaurant set on the west bank of the River Ouse, in a very isolated spot. It is very popular in good weather: bring a picnic in case the waiting time for food is unbearably long.
Tea: several places in the centre of Lewes.
For a summary, some photos and the walk directions click here.T=swc.272
Planning to do this with a map as a Lewes circular.
The first third of this walk really was severely overgrown in parts last summer, and I'm not convinced it will be significantly easier now. Before the full walk is done again, could it be re checked by the walk's author (oh, that's me!) to verify that the obstructed sections are now passable?

In the meantime, it can be done, as someone has suggested, as a Lewes circular by going out along the river and back across the downs, or vice versa.

I will check the first part of the walk again on Monday, but I can't honestly recommend it until that's been done, unless you're up for a potential tussle with rampant undergrowth.
Thanks for the updates. Will try the Lewes via West Firle Circular walk instead.
On second thoughts, will try the Uckfield walk tomorrow. Hopefully not too overgrown at this time of year.
6 dry with passing clouds initially then sunny
6 off a slightly delayed train, embarking on a not so interesting route out of Uckfield (there are no good ones in that direction), then some paths along fields (which were not overgrown today, but one or two will be late in summer). An astounding bluebell wood, and then the stretch that brought tears to walkers last time around: an 800m track prone to being overgrown and/or very muddy. An alternative route was explored and the routing will be amended accordingly.
After that it was meandering through the Uck and Ouse valleys, mostly close to the rivers, all the way to lunch, including one drive by of the Lavender Line, a Heritage Diesel train with its 1.5 km of track.
The Anchor Inn seems to have had a change of Mgmt, and at least today impressed with fast service, nicely done up interior, and very plesant food. Lots of guests but not bursting full...

The three sandwichers had joined us for a drink, and on we went together, further along the Ouse and then through Ringmer, where we stopped for tea, then up to the Downs by Glyndebourne Wind Turbine. The sun broke through just then and blue skies stayed with us all the way to Lewes, for this very lovely stretch of the South Downs (Bible Bottom). A walk that just got better as we went along.
One last drink at the pub nearest the station for three of us. 17.16 train.
Mon, 29-Aug-16 10

Bank Holiday Monday Walk 2 - Uckfield to Lewes

Extra Walk 272 Uckfield to Lewes
Length: 20.9km (13 miles). Toughness: 4/10

10:08 Uckfield train from London Bridge (East Croydon 10:23) arriving at Uckfield at 11:21.
Or 09:53 East Grinstead train from Victoria (Clapham Junction 09:59), changing at East Croydon (arr 10:10, dep 10:23), arriving at Uckfield at 11:21.

Return trains from Lewes direct to Victoria are at xx:16 and xx:54 (journey time around 1 hour 10 minutes). Indirect trains are at xx:07 and xx:28 (change at Brighton).

Buy an off-peak day return to Lewes, which is valid for returning via Brighton as well as for the outward journey to Uckfield.

This walk has been neglected because it wasn’t in the main repertoire of SWC walks but this has now been rectified, so it’s time to give it another outing. Much of the walk traverses fields, woods and riverside paths through two quiet river valleys (the Uck and the Ouse), before finishing with an invigorating climb over the South Downs above Glyndbourne. There are swimming opportunities along the River Ouse, both before and after lunch, and the lunch pub offers boat hire if you fancy spending a lazy hour on the river before continuing the walk. In the afternoon you can shorten the walk, and avoid the stiff climb, by following the river all the way into Lewes.

The recommended lunch pub is the Anchor Inn (01273 400414) standing in splendid isolation on the banks of the Ouse. .

Further information and the walk directions can be found on the Walk 272 page
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This looks a good bet with useful CJ train and easy level option for those of us with dodgy knees. Intend going if forecast good.
Thanks to engineering works I have no trains between Barnes and Clapham junction all over the whole bank holiday weekend inc Monday so no chance of connecting with any walks on BH Monday. Any chance of anyone posting a walk involving a stop at Ealing Broadway?


Buses replace trains between Clapham Junction and Barnes from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service disruptions/139833.aspx

Hi. Will there be a Wednesday walk next week? Cheers.
Yes.Weds walk this week, pls. Unable to walk today.
10 walkers on a warm and mainly sunny day. The morning section from Uckfield to Isfield was a miserable experience due to several paths being horrendously overgrown with bracken, nettles, brambles and worse. Some shorts wearers finished the morning severely scratched and stung. Footpath maintenance hereabouts seems non existent, so until that is remedied, walkers are advised not to attempt this section of the route.

Owing to these serious delays the very busy Anchor pub was reached at 2:00pm, only to find that the wait for food would be at least an hour. The four would be lunchers decided to press on with the others, and eventually picked up some sandwiches in Ringmer some time after 4:00. Two swam in the River Ouse near Barcombe Mills and caught the others up for a final rest and refreshment stop by the Glyndebourne wind turbine, before all descended from the downs into Lewes at 6:30pm.

At present this walk would best be done as a Lewes Circular, heading out to the lunch pub along the river route and returning over the downs.
10 warm and mainly sunny
Just to add to Chris' note, despite the bad experience in the morning, I thought the afternoon section of this walk was fabulous and very enjoyable.
Sun, 08-Jun-14 20 Uckfield to Lewes
Mon, 26-Aug-13 Uckfield to Lewes
Mon, 04-Jun-12 Uckfield to Lewes