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Burgess Hill—Lewes
Burlew one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 295m Descent 337m
Burgess Hill—Lewes
Burlew two Verify me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Lewes—Alfriston
Lewalf one Pioneer me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent 358m Descent 355m
Lewes—Alfriston
Lewalf two Enjoy me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Lewes—Hailsham
Lewhai one Pioneer me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 322m Descent 297m
Lewes—Hailsham
Lewhai two Pioneer me Distance 25km/15mi Ascent - Descent -
Lewes—Newhaven
Lewnew one Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 57m Descent 59m
Lewes—Newhaven
Lewnew two Verify me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Lewes—Uckfield
Lewuck one Double check Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 114m Descent 130m
Lewes—Uckfield
Lewuck two Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Peacehaven—Lewes
Pealew one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 163m Descent 130m
Peacehaven—Lewes
Pealew two Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Pyecombe—Lewes
Pyelew one Enjoy me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 338m Descent 233m
Pyecombe—Lewes
Pyelew two Pioneer me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 531m Descent 425m
Pyecombe—Lewes
Pyelew three Verify me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Woodingdean—Lewes
Woolew one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 249m Descent 119m
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Lewes, Mon 28 November

11°

Light rain shower

Lewes’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ4161409815

Lat / Lon

50.87049° / 0.01125°

Easting / Northing

541,614E / 109,815N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Lewes's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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I walked this route from Lewes to Newhaven. It's a great route without any major issues or obstacles. The stretch along Newhaven Road is safe - there's a short stretch of pavement followed by enough of a verge that you're out of the way of speeding cars - but it's not the most comfortable!...

mtormey

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I've done most of this as it's mostly the South Downs Way except at the Lewes end....

JohnMyerson

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MJRW12345 surveyed Lewnew one

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Really straightforward route from Lewes to Newhaven with 90+% on the path next to the river so very easy to follow, once you've found the footpath at either end!...

MJRW12345

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In Alfriston some locals told us that this route used the old ways that people used to complete this journey....

danravenellison

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danravenellison took this photo on Lewalf two

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There are some woods when you approach Black Cap which make for a great shaded picnic spot....

Saira

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There are a couple of pop up cafés along the way, one on Mill lane near Windmills then the pink pitstop after Ditchling Beacon....

Bennybish2

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The route out of Lewes is fairly quiet and then you're rewarded with great views of the South Downs when you get to Black Cap and Ditchling Beacon. If it's hot you can even get a little treat from the ice cream van at the top. Great time out if you want a walk with good views and a decent distance....

agreeninn

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The section from Firle to Alfriston is along farm tracks which are surfaced with chalk and stones and completely free of obstacles. The lane between Firle and Alfriston is traffic-free, but is used by horses, cyclists and the occasional motorbike scrambler....

Bostal Boy

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Lewes—Newhaven

Bostal Boy added Lewnew two, a new walk from Lewes to Newhaven

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From here follow the river bank all the way into Lewes, crossing from the East bank to the West bank at the Southease swingbridge. The East bank of the river is quieter and less well walked, so the path is through long grass....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy took this photo on Lewnew one

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It passes through the attractive villages of Southease, Rodmell and Iford. There is a drinking water tap by Southease church and a pub (the Abergavenny Arms) on the main road at Rodmell....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy took this photo on Lewnew two

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The upper path along the levee bank is more overgrown. A new cycle path called the Egrets Way has been laid below the levee bank for part of the route....

Bostal Boy

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I walked this route on 24-05-2022, and I would agree with the previous reviewer's comments though I found my way with no difficulties. However this is a lovely, scenic route along the banks of the rivers Uck and Ouse and also uses the route of the old railway line....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy took this photo on Lewuck two

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A series of straight lines from point to point. Use LEWUCK Two...

Bostal Boy

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The first mile or so of the walk is along the busy A26 followed by a short walk through an industrial estate leading to a level crossing across the railway to get to the east bank of the River Ouse. Take care on the level crossing, then you are immediately on river bank and a glorious walk following the meander of the river Ouse though fields, flood plains and past any number of sea birds. The bridge and road to Southease is also the route of the South Downs Way. However, if you turn right the route follows the Ouse and you walk across a field and then through a park, coming out at Cliffe High Street....

Charlie K

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Bostal Boy surveyed Pyelew one

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It then starts its descent past the old Lewes racecourse and Landport Bottom into Lewes. Looking down into Lewes from above the slope of Landport Bottom you can visualise the events of the Battle of Lewes in 1264 when Simon de Montfort defeated Henry III....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy took this photo on Pyelew one

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Bostal Boy surveyed Woolew one

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In doing so one is taking the path people have followed between Brighton (previously Brighthelmstone) and Lewes for centuries....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy surveyed Burlew two

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A newly resurfaced path alongside the railway line from Burgess Hill station quickly leaves the town behind, and leads to the fields at Batchelor's Farm. For me this route trumps BURLEW One because it leaves Burgess Hill by the most direct route, avoiding the need to trudge through interminable estates of new housing around Folders Lane...

Bostal Boy

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Route follows the river Ouse for the majority and then follows a tarmacked bridleway over the hill into Peacehaven....

MJRW12345

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MJRW12345 surveyed Lewalf two

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Expect to find all kinds of livestock on the route, I had to walk through fields with Cows, Sheep and Horses2...

MJRW12345

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MJRW12345 surveyed Lewuck two

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A very pleasant, almost completely off road walk that follows the River Uck and the River Ouse....

MJRW12345

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MJRW12345 surveyed Woolew one

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This is a pleasant, direct and easy to follow route from the edge of Brighton into the centre of Lewes. Quite muddy when wet though!...

MJRW12345

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Really loved this walk - combined it with the Brighton to Woodingdean route with a small amend to that one to pick up the Drove Road earlier on Warren Road. Great views and no real challenges, though the chalk path downhill section from Castle Hill can need a little bit of care depending on the weather....

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Peacehaven—Lewes

MJRW12345 added Pealew two, a new walk from Peacehaven to Lewes

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Burgess Hill—Lewes

MJRW12345 added Burlew two, a new walk from Burgess Hill to Lewes

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Lewes—Alfriston

MJRW12345 added Lewalf two, a new walk from Lewes to Alfriston

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Pyecombe—Lewes

MJRW12345 added Pyelew three, a new walk from Pyecombe to Lewes

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Lewes—Hailsham

MJRW12345 added Lewhai two, a new walk from Lewes to Hailsham

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Lewes—Uckfield

MJRW12345 added Lewuck two, a new walk from Lewes to Uckfield

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Lewes

danravenellison surveyed Lewes

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I think this route needs a complete rethink between Barcombe Mills and Uckfield - probably best to join it up with Buguck. Will try and walk it myself and provide a .gpx at some point soon....

MJRW12345

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Lewes

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Lewes

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Burgess Hill—Lewes

johnadler added Burlew one, a new walk from Burgess Hill to Lewes

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Lewes—Alfriston

Slow Ways added Lewalf one, a new walk from Lewes to Alfriston

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Lewes—Hailsham

Slow Ways added Lewhai one, a new walk from Lewes to Hailsham

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Lewes—Newhaven

Slow Ways added Lewnew one, a new walk from Lewes to Newhaven

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Lewes—Uckfield

Slow Ways added Lewuck one, a new walk from Lewes to Uckfield

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Peacehaven—Lewes

Slow Ways added Pealew one, a new walk from Peacehaven to Lewes

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Pyecombe—Lewes

Slow Ways added Pyelew one, a new walk from Pyecombe to Lewes

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Pyecombe—Lewes

Slow Ways added Pyelew two, a new walk from Pyecombe to Lewes

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Woodingdean—Lewes

Slow Ways added Woolew one, a new walk from Woodingdean to Lewes

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