An early start is best for this section. Mileage is quite long and there are a number of climbs. The highlight of this section is the glacial valley of Devils Dyke. After Pyecombe you’ll see signs for the Jack and Jill windmills which are famous local landmarks and can be seen for miles around. Tonight you will be staying in Lewes.
Lewes is a medium sized town with a population of around 18,000. The town is an attractive place and a great place to spend the night. The town is a traditional market town and boasts landmarks such as Lewes Castle, Lewes Priory and the 16th century timber framed Anne of Cleaves House. It's full of independent and boutique shops and retailers, and there are numerous cafés and restaurants most of which have a real emphasis on using local produce. Lewes is a 'Transition Town'; a grassroots community initiative which aims to increase a community's self sufficiency. The town now has its own currency, the Lewes Pound, which can be exchanged in the town for goods and services, with the intention to increase trade within the community.
Truleigh Hill YHA Café
The South Downs Way occassionally crosses busy roads, take care when crossing!
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.
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 Steyning, 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.
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Buchtipps für die Region
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.