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Saturday Second Walk -- Great Lewes Circular
Extra Walk 47: The Great Lewes Circular (Anticlockwise) – An Energetic Walk over the South Downs with Great views, Three Hills, Three Pubs and a Ridge
Distance: 14 Miles (or 10.7 if stopping in Glynde) – for the more metrically minded, that would be, 23.5km or 17.2 km, respectively.
Difficulty: 7 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:47 Bexhill/Littlehampton train from London Victoria (9:53 from Clapham Junction and 10:03 from East Croydon), arriving at Lewes at 10:47. Return trains from Lewes are at 16 and 54 minutes past the hour until 19:54 when they become hourly at 54 past until 21:54; then a final one at 22:40. For those opting to end the walk in Glynde, the trains from Glynde are at 23 minutes past the hour. Buy a day return to Lewes (or Glynde if planning to stop there).
This is an energetic walk over three distinct downland ridges with magnificent views throughout. For most of the day, you can see your onward route in front of you and your previous route behind. While there are three substantial climbs, most of the walk is gently undulating across grassy downland – so should be mud free. For those who linger over drinks at the Trevor Arms in Glynde, there could be an opportunity for a nearly full moon nocturnal walk over the last downland hill into Lewes. The walk can be shortened by catching the train from Glynde back to Lewes. Fingers crossed for some clear skies and dry weather to fully enjoy this epic walk. Further information and the walk instructions can be found here.
The recommended lunchtime pub is the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell (01273 572 416), about 5.5 miles into the walk. Tea and other afternoon refreshments can be had at the Trevor Arms in Glynde. Lewes also has a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants at the end of the walk.
Enjoy the walk!
A (slightly later) Midweek day walk - Lewes Circular
A Lewes pyrotechnic extravaganza
A Circular Walk around Lewes, culminating with the street parades, fireworks display and bonfires there in the evening
Based on Book 3 Walk 47 (counter-clockwise variant)
Length : 23 km or 15 miles ( 18 km or 11 miles if you finish at Glynde station)
Toughness : 7 out of 10 ( 5 out of 10 if you finish at Glynde station)
Getting there : Catch the 9:46 am train from London Victoria to Lewes
Meeting point : Lewis Station at 10:50
Tickets : Suggest you buy an advance day return to Glynde from Southern Railways ASAP (there's some good deals as of mid-October)
Robin has asked me to post this Bonfire Night walk.
I am proposing we do the walk counter-clockwise calling at Rodmell, Southease and onto West Firle (as possible minor extension) and then Glynde.
You may leave the walk at Southease or Glynde which both have stations connecting with Lewes.
The street parades, fireworks and bonfires in Lewes are spectacular and you have the following options ...
The parades finish around 9:00 pm. If you want London, you should head smartly to the station then where there is crowd management and a separate channel for London bound. You need accommodation locally in order to go to one of the firework displays - start about 9:45 or so.
Trains run one after the other to Brighton until everyone has gone with crowd control to only let the right numbers for each train onto the platform. You should buy tickets in advance for the fire work displays. The Southover Display is probably nearest to the station, Cliffe the most anarchic.
More information from Robin segulem at virginmedia full stop com
You will need to bring a torch if you intend to come! it will be dark at the latter part of the walk.
Lewes will be very busy!
Suggested Lunch stops
Abergavenny Arms t: 01273 472 416 in Rodmell
Suggested Tea stops
OS Explorer : 122
Return train times
Trains will be busy and you will probably have to queue after 9:00pm
Saturday second walk: A downland grand slam
SWC walk 47 - Lewes Circular via Southease and Glynde
Length: 17.2km (10.7 miles) to 23.5km (14.6 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10: one steep climb per section, level or downhill otherwise
9.46 train from Victoria (9.52 Clapham Junction, 10.02 East Croydon) to Lewes, arriving 10.50.
** LATE START OPTION: see end of post
Buy a day return to Lewes if planning to do the whole walk, or a day return to Glynde if you think you might want to finish there.
For walk directions click here. You only need pages 1-2 and the anticlockwise directions on page 6-8.
Every step of this walk will be familiar territory to many SWC walkers from book two walks 24 and 25, but it is putting it all together that makes a grand June day out. If you stay the course, you go over three sections of downland and cross two valleys (each with a pub in it) and end up back in Lewes feeling pretty pleased with yourself. Throughout you have wonderful views, including the whole route you have done and have still to do.
The walk can be done clockwise, but it is anticlockwise (Lewes-Southease-Glynde-Lewes) I much prefer and ordain for today. It has lots of advantages, including getting the longest section out of the way before lunch, shorter climbs and longer descents, and better options for cutting the walk short.
By this route it is 9.2km (5.7 miles) to lunch at the Abergavenny Arms via the familiar morning route of book 2, walk 24. (An alternative lunch would be at the YHA cafe by Southease station 1.6km/1 mile further on). You then have a 8km (5 mile) walk from the Abergavenny Arms to Glynde. Tea options here include the Trevor Arms or the Little Cottage Tea Rooms.
You can finish the walk at Glynde (making a total walk of 17.2km (10.7 miles) by taking a train to Lewes at 23 past the hour.
Otherwise the last 6.3km (3.9 miles) of the walk - more of a victory lap, really - are over wonderful Mount Caburn: one sustained climb with lovely views and then a gentle stroll down into Lewes, from where trains return to London at 20 and 52 past until 19.52, then 20.52, 21.50 and 22.40 (the last being the "Glyndebourne train" that you will share with dinner-jacketed opera goers).
** LATE START OPTION: Slugabeds could catch the 11.16 train to Lewes, arriving 12.20, changing there for the 12.28 to Southease, arriving 12.34. Buy a day return to Southease. Print off the book 26 directions and follow them to lunch at the Abergavenny Arms (3.5km/2.2 miles) and join the group there. If you then walk to Glynde you will have done a walk of 11.5km (7.2 miles) and finishing the walk to Lewes will make it 17.8km (11.1 miles).
Lewes via Glynde to Southease
Lewes via Rodmell, Southease & Glynde Circular
Lewes via Glynde to Southease
Lewes via Glynde, Southease & Rodmell Circular (original version)