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Lewes Area to Alfriston

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  • Walking into Alfriston
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Hike from Lewes to the charming village of Alfriston, a real highlight of the South Downs Way. 
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18,2 km
5:00 h
225 hm
215 hm

There are various way to leave Lewes to rejoin the SDW. We have selected the easiest and most pleasant way which follows the Sussex Ouse Valley Way along a path heading south which hugs the River Ouse then meets up with the SDW at Southease. This misses out a short section of the SDW. Another option, if you would prefer not to miss any of the SDW is to retrace your steps from yesterday and pick up the trail where you left it yesterday. However please bear in mind that this will add an extra 8km to your day's overall walking.

Follow a river side path out of Lewes to rejoin the SDW and then cross the River Ouse. Back on the escarpment, you have coastal views to the south, down to Cuckmere Haven. At Bostall Hill you begin to descend slowly to the picture-postcard village of Alfriston.

Alfriston is another picturesque village on the South Downs Way. Full of medieval Tudor-era buildings complete with timber frames and beams, it's a popular place in the South Downs National Park. Attractions include; St Andrew's Church (aka the Cathedral of the South Downs), the iconic George Inn (dating to the 14th century) and a plethora of boutique shops and quaint cafés offering delicious cream teas. There is a post office and a village shop with a deli, the perfect place to pick up top quality picnic supplies. 

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There are various way to leave Lewes to rejoin the SDW. We have selected the easiest and most pleasant way which follows the Sussex Ouse Valley Way along a path heading south which hugs the River Ouse then meets up with the SDW at Southease. This misses out a short section of the SDW. Another option, if you would prefer not to miss any of the SDW is to retrace your steps from yesterday and pick up the trail where you left it yesterday. However please bear in mind that this will add an extra 8km to your day's overall walking.

 

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Sarah Stone
Aktualisierung: 22.09.2020

Schwierigkeit
leicht
Technik
Kondition
Erlebnis
Landschaft
Höchster Punkt
213 m
Tiefster Punkt
-1 m

Einkehrmöglichkeit

Courtyard Café at YHA South Downs

Sicherheitshinweise

The South Downs Way occassionally crosses busy roads, take care when crossing!

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the South Downs Way map published by Harvey's Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.

Guidebook

If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's South Downs Way by Jim Manthorpe & Daniel McCrohan.

Food & Drink

Stock up on supplies in Lewes, or ask your accommodation upon check-in if they offer packed lunches. Although you will be walking through towns and villages, café opening hours are not always guaranteed, therefore we recommend taking enough food and drink to see you through until your next overnight location. 

Weitere Infos und Links

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information.

Start

Lewes (4 m)
Koordinaten:
DG
50.874103, 0.015871
GMS
50°52'26.8"N 0°00'57.1"E
UTM
31U 290057 5640067
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Ziel

Alfriston

Wegbeschreibung

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we provide these route notes to help you. The South Downs Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

There are various way to leave Lewes to rejoin the SDW. We have selected the easiest and most pleasant way which follows the Sussex Ouse Valley Way along a path heading south which hugs the River Ouse then meets up with the SDW at Southease. This misses out a short section of the SDW. Another option, if you would prefer not to miss any of the SDW is to retrace your steps from yesterday and pick up the trail where you left it yesterday. However please bear in mind that this will add an extra 8km to your day's overall walking.

From the centre of Lewes with the River Ouse on your left hand side, head south following the Sussex Ouse Valley Way as it hugs the river. At approx. 1.6 km the river trail passes under the A27. Keep following the river trail until you reach the SDW just outside of Southease. Turn left here to cross the River Ouse by way of footbridge. If you'd like to take a look around the village of Southease first, turn right. There is a charming church in the village with a water tap.  

1 km later, come to a level crossing. Take care when crossing the tracks!  After 500m, the trail takes a sharp right turn. However, if you would like a refreshment break, continue straight ahead into the YHA South Downs which has a café. Continue on the trail as it follows a bridge over the A26 and joins a farm track on the other side.

At 8 km, be sure to stick to the path that is to the west of the fence, as it ascends in a northerly direction. 

At about 9 km, pass a trig point on your left. From here you can enjoy beautiful views on your right to Newhaven Harbour and on your left over grassy bowls and to Mount Caburn (despite the name, a grassy hill of about 150m in height!). The trail continues to climb, at about 10 km, the trail follows a hilltop path. 

1 km later, come to a road. Cross it and rejoin the trail in the other side. Be sure to stick to the north side of the fence. The trail continues to climb.

Reach a trig point for Firle Beacon at about 13.5 km from where you can enjoy views of the Weald of Sussex. From here the trail begins to descend although it is still undulating in some places. The trail here is straight forward and easy to follow.

At about 17 km, continue on the trail as it bends left into Alfriston. For exact details about where you are staying in Alfriston, please have a look at your accommodation details for more information. 

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Koordinaten

DG
50.874103, 0.015871
GMS
50°52'26.8"N 0°00'57.1"E
UTM
31U 290057 5640067
w3w 
///ausflug.riesiger.vorn
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Ausrüstung

Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

Walking poles may be helpful on some of the ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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