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Pyecombe

West Sussex


Slow Ways linking Pyecombe and Brighton, Burgess Hill, Hurstpierpoint, Lewes, Portslade-by-Sea, Steyning, Woodingdean

England / West Sussex / Pyecombe

Pyecombe’s seven Slow Ways are 86% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 5/7
and surveyed: 5/7

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Walk to Pyecombe from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Hurstpierpoint—Pyecombe
Hurpye one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 147m Descent 81m
Portslade-by-Sea—Pyecombe
Porpye one Enjoy me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 285m Descent 194m
Pyecombe—Brighton
Pyebri one Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 246m Descent 169m
Pyecombe—Burgess Hill
Pyebur one

Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 147m Descent 83m
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 Survey me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Pyecombe—Woodingdean
Pyewoo one Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 298m Descent 327m
Steyning—Pyecombe
Stepye one Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 378m Descent 287m
Steyning—Pyecombe
Stepye two Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -

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80% of Pyecombe’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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12 people have contributed to Pyecombe’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

7 people have surveyed a route in Pyecombe

105km out of 124km have been walked and reviewed

266km of reviews have been shared in Pyecombe

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This route seems to be the same as PYELEW1 from Pyecombe to Lewes Racecourse then with a different, probably more direct approach into Lewes at the end. The route follows the South Downs Way from Pyecombe to Blackcap, then the well-used bridle path to Lewes Prison. The only down side in January is the bridle path from Lewes Racecourse to the prison which is heavily used by horses and extremely muddy....

Bostal Boy

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It becomes slightly tricky to follow the right route through Sussex uni campus but only for a short time and Stanmer Wood makes it worthwhile....

Harry Holmes

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Very easy to follow, some quite narrow paths at times, but clear enough. Reasonably safe throughout, some beautiful views from and of the South Downs and the sea....

Peter

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This route is listed as Pyecombe to Burgess Hill but we did it in reverse, which I think is the better route anyway because of the views of the Downs you encounter in the second half of the walk. This route is wonderfully efficient and straight, there is a section on the road between the southern end of Burgess Hill and the top of Hassocks but this is pleasant enough - there is a shared use cycle path that is relatively wide and far enough away from the road that I would do this walk with my child....

James Butcher

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From Pyecombe, the route follows the South Downs Way for several miles to the car park at Beeding Hill. There are several climbs (Newtimber Hill, Devil's Dyke, Edburton Hill and Truleigh Hill, but the paths are wide and not particularly muddy. There are plenty of refreshment opportunities in Beeding, Bramber and Steyning and also on the Downs during the Summer Season there are also opportunities at Saddlescombe Farm, Devil's Dyke and the Youth Hostel at Truleigh Hill....

Bostal Boy

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The highlights are the views around the fields near Danny House, the alpacas and the steady climb into a little visited part of the downs near Pyecombe....

Ricky Coleman

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There is one fairly clear problem with the route - the GPX file starts in Burgess Hill and finishes at the start point....

Ricky Coleman

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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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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 segment along the road after Hassocks can be quite noisy due to the speed of the traffic, but you aren't on it for very long, and the path after you turn off towards Burgess Hill is really lovely....

Ingrina

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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....

Ingrina

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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. 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....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Pyebri one

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Remarkably direct route which we started from Burgess Hill and broke in Hassocks. As you reach the southern edges of Burgess Hill, you cross Nightingale Lane Nature Reserve which has some great views of the South Downs, which suddenly seem much closer. The Friars Oak pub marks your arrival on the edge of Hassocks and the route takes you via residential streets to Hassocks Station. It is full of history, wildlife and views and has pubs and shops in Burgess Hill, Hassocks and Clayton....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Pyebur one

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Steyning—Pyecombe

Bostal Boy added Stepye two, a new walk from Steyning to Pyecombe

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Bostal Boy surveyed Stepye one

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Once you are at the top of the Downs, the route takes you straight down the side of the Fulking Escarpment by possibly the steepest path in Sussex. All the while, I kept thinking that the easier route would have been to carry on along the top of the Downs. The views from Fulking Escarpment are beautiful, but I can't convince myself that taking the route this way is necessary - hence only 4*....

Bostal Boy

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Away from Burgess Hill station the route uses a footpath heading South alongside the railway line. From the station, steep steps take you down from the railway line to the road passing beneath. The footpath to the South Downs is well-signed across the road. I would suggest that most users will be starting from Hassocks Station and heading up onto the Downs which is the best section of the walk....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy surveyed Pyewoo one

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Once over the road, a permissive bridle path heads briefly parallel to the main road then turns sharply to head uphill and onto the Downs. After crossing Ditchling Road the route heads into Stanmer Park towards the village which has a popular teashop. The path then heads into the campus of Sussex University (worth a look round), passing through and out to Falmer village....

Bostal Boy

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The route then turns left to cross Benfield Hill, a footbridge over the A27 then down Benfield Valley to Portslade Station. There are no stopping places on the Downs, but there is a friendly cafe at the Benfield Valley FootballGolf Centre at Hangleton near the Portslade end of the walk....

Bostal Boy

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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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Pyecombe

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Bostal Boy surveyed Pyebri one

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Hurstpierpoint sits on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park. After zig-zagging through some twitten paths around the edge of the village, the route heads off towards the Downs. South of Danny the route follows a quiet lane under the scarp of the Downs before turning right up a lane past a converted barn to become a wide bostal path....

Bostal Boy

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Pyecombe sits at the conjunction of two main roads from London to Brighton. Note: be careful of traffic walking under the railway bridge at the bottom of Mill Hill, Patcham. 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. At the end of the route, following Debora’s advice (previous reviewer), I picked up the Brighton Greenway to arrive at Brighton Station....

Bostal Boy

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Really enjoyed this walk but we walked in it the summer after a day of heavy rain and it was very wet and muddy in many places so i would avoid in winter months. Some challenging styles and steep hills, you need good footwear for this route. Very pretty though and enjoyed it, especially enjoyed seeing alpacas who had had recent hair cuts!...

BecciWest

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We walked this route the day after heavy rain and in some places, especially on the path from Clayton Bridge to Hassocks it was flooded and hard to pass through, impossible without wellies (see photo) but the rest of the path was concrete so I think this was just bad timing. First half of the walk is quite steep, second half, especially from Hassocks is on concrete or all weather surface, the part near Burgess Hill looks like it has been recently re surfaced. Walking along side the A273 was better than I thought it would be, lots of traffic but there is a good cycle/foot path so very safe....

BecciWest

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Nice route, the end nearest to Porslade is accessible but isn't after it crosses the A27. We came across a broken style which was hard to get over but not impossible. A photo of the style and screen shot of where it was is attached....

BecciWest

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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!...

Debora

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Pyecombe—Lewes

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

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Hurstpierpoint—Pyecombe

Slow Ways added Hurpye one, a new walk from Hurstpierpoint to Pyecombe

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Portslade-by-Sea—Pyecombe

Slow Ways added Porpye one, a new walk from Portslade-by-Sea to Pyecombe

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Pyecombe—Brighton

Slow Ways added Pyebri one, a new walk from Pyecombe to Brighton

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Pyecombe—Burgess Hill

Slow Ways added Pyebur one, a new walk from Pyecombe to Burgess Hill

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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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Pyecombe—Woodingdean

Slow Ways added Pyewoo one, a new walk from Pyecombe to Woodingdean

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Steyning—Pyecombe

Slow Ways added Stepye one, a new walk from Steyning to Pyecombe

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Pyecombe, Wed 21 February

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Pyecombe’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ2922312657

Lat / Lon

50.89894° / -0.16374°

Easting / Northing

529,223E / 112,657N

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Facilities

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Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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