From riverside walks, coastal routes and hikes across the South Downs National Park, we have a variety of terrains and views for you to enjoy. You can also explore the cultural landscape with specially themed history and art walks as well as taking in some of our local vineyards and eateries.
THE BATTLE OF LEWES WALK
Follow in the footsteps of barons and kings with a walk through the historical sites of the Battle of Lewes taking in Lewes Castle and The Cluniac Priory. Held on 14 May 1264, the Battle of Lewes resulted in the defeat of the king and is seen as an important event in the fight for democracy. For details of the walk VISIT
Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival is a ten day event running from Friday 20 September through to Sunday 29 September 2019. The event acts as a springboard to a year round ongoing promotion of walking activities across the areas. This is an event for all ages that will encourage people to take a good walk on a regular basis, be it to improve their health and wellbeing or simply to learn new things and make friends. The festival aims to promote engagement in appreciation and conservation of the natural world from plant life, animal life and marine. There will be events taking place during the Festival based around this theme more so than the act of walking.
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A LOCAL ARTIST
A spectacular circular walk through landscape near Seaford which inspired Eric Slater. A keen walker, Slater developed an intimate knowledge of the countryside and loved to observe the cliffs, sea and sky. You can also pick up a copy of the trail at the Seaford Tourist information Centre HERE
CAR FREE DAYS OUT
Leave the car at home and enjoy coast and country by foot, train and bus. Simply click on the image below for lots of ideas for car-free days out.
A STROLL ALONG THE RIVER BANK
The River Ouse takes its name from the Celtic word for water, and meanders through Barcombe, Glynde, Rodmell and Piddinghoe before reaching Newhaven and flowing into the English Channel. Take a walk along the River Ouse, across fields to discover the three villages of Barcombe. This is a particularly stunning area of East Sussex, with plenty of wildlife along the riverbanks. You can download a walking guide of the area HERE
For a family riverside walk along the river to Southease, start at Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve and follow the Sussex Ouse Valley Way. You can spot local wildlife along the way, swans swimming in the river and insects on the river bank.There is a great café at the YHA for snack while you wait for the train back to Lewes from Southease station.
A WALK TO THE SEA
Here is the Lewes District, we have some beautiful coastline, much of which is accessible from the South Downs National Park. From Seaford Head you can walk across the downs, past the coastguard cottages onto the beach or head inland to Seaford beach for a less demanding promenade. If you fancy something more challenging, you can always take a day trip to Brighton on foot, crossing the downs to reach our neighbouring city.
For details on how to reach Brighton by foot VISIT
For a National Trust walk starting in Seaford VISIT
VISIT A VINEYARD
Situated just 5 miles outside Lewes town is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the uk. Situated in The South Downs National Park, Breaky Bottom is an isolated farmstead set in a beautiful secluded valley. Here you will find six acres of vines and a flock of 40 ewes graze the surrounding steep banks. If you call ahead you can arrange a visit to Breaky Bottom Vineyard which is situated in a fold in the South Downs National Park. This is a four mile walk taking in the sights of Telescombe Tye along bridleways. The route is accessible by the Brighton & Hove bus route no. 27
To download a map VISIT