Car Free - Days Out

Car journeys have declined in the UK over recent years, causing some to believe we have reached ‘Peak Car’. Fewer younger people are driving and people are seeing the financial and social benefits of travelling by foot, bike or public transport. Many still use their cars for day trips or holidays as leaving the car at home for longer journeys can feel a little complicated or daunting. Piecing together the information from different maps and websites can be time consuming and really confusing. This is why we are pleased to see that Lewes Town Partnership (with the support of Lewes District Council and South Downs National Park) have produced a free map exploring the places and landscapes around Lewes on foot, by bike and public transport.Here you will find details of days out from the Lewes district with information on how to get there by bus, train and walking routes for those who fancy a hike. Here are some of the highlights.

Day One: Rodmell & Monk's House

Along the River Ouse, or over the Downs to visit Virginia Woolf’s Sussex Home. Walk From Lewes or take the train. You can also do a circular walk from Southease railway Station.

Day Two: Glynde, Firle, Charleston & Berwick Church

This area has a wonderful blend of scenery, historic houses and unspoilt villages, including places associated with the Bloomsbury Group. Although the whole route involves a full days walk, it can be divided into short sections by using bus and train, with several pubs and tea rooms to wait in until your bus is due. You can also visit the world famous Glyndebourne Opera House if it takes your fancy.

Day Three: Seaford & The Seven Sisters Panorama

Travel by train to Lewes’ nearest stretch of coast, to see the atmospheric remains of a huge tide mill, Bishopstone’s Saxon Church, Seaford’s Unique museum and a walk over Seaford Head to get the classic view of Seven Sisters, one of England’s great coastal highlights. There is also an optional route along the Cuckmere valley for a return by bus.

Monk's House

Monk's House

Visit the final home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf. A highly evocative place still decorated as it was in their lifetime and Virginia’s writing hut is at the end of the garden. It is from this house that Virginia set off to end her own life in the Ouse river in 1941. Rodmell village itself has striking array of local building styles and materials, including thatch and flint. Keep an eye on their website for details of special events in the house and garden


Glyndebourne Opera House

If you are looking for a very special treat, why not visit the world famous opera house in Glynde. Make an occasion of visiting Glyndebourne and go for the whole afternoon: you can explore the grounds, visit the Archive and Gallery or have a picnic on the lawn.

The Glyndebourne Festival 2016 runs from 21 May-28 August 2016 and if you are visiting Lewes you are likely see some very well dressed folk boarding the train with champagne and picnic baskets.

For details of how to reach Glyndebourne by train Download the map:

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As you can see, there is so much to do in the Lewes District without the need for a car. Simply download the leaflet for full details of public transport links, walking routes and ideas for lots of local days out. Leave the car at home, relax enjoy the views and discover the best our district has to offer.

Alternatively you can pick one up at the Lewes Visitor Information Centre in Lewes Town.