PyecombeBrighton

Pyebri one
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Distance

11km/7mi

Ascent

246 m

Descent

169 m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Pyecombe and Brighton.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Pyecombe and Brighton.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 11

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remove area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

30.0% of the route is on roads (1)

20.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

35.0% of the route is paved (1)

10.0% of the route is muddy (1)

10.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

There is no data on long grass

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3X October 2021 by Bostal Boy
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

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Start and end points

Pyecombe
Grid Ref TQ2922312657
Lat / Lon 50.89894° / -0.16374°
Easting / Northing 529,223E / 112,657N
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Brighton
Grid Ref TQ3101304887
Lat / Lon 50.82870° / -0.14108°
Easting / Northing 531,013E / 104,887N
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Pyebri One's land is

Arable 3.6%
Pasture 37.9%
Urban 58.5%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


David Sanderson

10 May 2022

A route which first combines the South Downs Way and then the Border Path which makes it very easy to follow. I'd forgotten just how gorgeous walking over the South Downs could be. We saw red kites, kestrels and lots of skylarks. The only section that was in any question was at Waterhall Reservoirs by the tunnel under the A27. The path is currently being worked on, but was really easy to figure a way around. Going along Mill Road under the railway was less stressful than I feared. Crossing the park by Patcham Place is a nice touch. The route crosses the A23 at a crossing to enter Patcham, an area I'd not actually explored before, but it's a pleasant neighbourhood with places shop, stop and eat. Leaving Patcham, the route follows the A23 briefly before a diversion around Withdean as far as Preston Park Railway Station. It might have been because it hot and I was in need of a break but I found this move a bit of an unnecessary diversion. The price of being away from the road was a series of climbs and descents. I was pleased to get back on the main road and into Preston Park. The final section to the station is via the New England area of Brighton, a nicer way to enter than the Preston Circus end of London Road. Overall a very enjoyable walk. Very offroad, safe and enjoyable. Reasonably direct. A very good Slow Way.


Bostal Boy

16 Oct 2021

Burgess Hill to Brighton on 15th October 2021. Leg Three – PYEBRI

Pyecombe sits at the conjunction of two main roads from London to Brighton. The older road from Crawley via Cuckfield comes over Clayton Hill where it joins the newer road from Handcross and Bolney. The A23 dates back to 1810 and was ‘the first successful crossing of a wide stretch of Weald Clay’ – Peter Brandon. The consequence of these roads is that whilst walking PYEBRI, traffic noise is a constant irritation.

The walk itself starts off by following the South Downs Way, then branches off before the summit of West Hill, heading towards Varncombe Hill and Brighton which can be seen in the distance. The path leads towards a windmill then descends to meet the main road at the Patcham roundabout which is the junction of the A23 and the A27. The petrol station at the roundabout is a convenient spot for services if needed.

Note: be careful of traffic walking under the railway bridge at the bottom of Mill Hill, Patcham. It is only wide enough for one car at a time, and the drivers take their chance to race through when there is a gap, not expecting pedestrians.

From here on into Brighton, the route runs parallel to the London Road, crossing back and forth periodically as it aims to pick up quieter paths. Some are enjoyable (through Preston Park) some maybe less so (the smelly footpath beside the railway line before Preston Park station).

At the end of the route, following Debora’s advice (previous reviewer), I picked up the Brighton Greenway to arrive at Brighton Station. There is a steep stepped climb up to reach this path which is quiet and traffic-free. Sadly, it is also rather spoilt by the attentions of the spray can merchants on every available surface.

This Slow Way is well-traced and easily followed.

Look out for the spectacular elm trees in Preston Park. Brighton is blessed with many of these magnificent trees which have survived the ravages of elm disease due to the constant vigilance of the city’s ground staff. The remaining Preston Twin is thought to be the world’s oldest surviving English Elm, a reminder of what we are missing in the countryside.


Debora

02 May 2021

My first Slow Ways walk. I am a seasoned walker and quite fit although I am a little out of practice after breaking my toe earlier in the year! Overall this is a good route and makes good use of off-road paths and green space on the way out of Brighton. There is a steep climb once out of the city, to the summit of the Downs near Mill Hill, and similarly a steep slope down, following the South Downs Way, to the village of Pyecombe at the end - I don't think there are any ways to get north out of Brighton without having to tackle the Downs! There are refreshments and toilets at Preston Park, the garage at Waterhall and at the Pyecombe service station. There is also a pub at the end of the walk - this would be a very nice walk out of Brighton for a late pub lunch. Buses run regularly if infrequently back to Brighton from Pyecombe however they do stop quite early. My only suggestion to improve this would be for the route to use the Brighton Greenway at the start, as this is a more pleasant way to get from the station to Preston Park - I have attached a screenshot of the route.


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