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Upper Beeding to Lewes Area

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  • On the way to the Jack and Jill windmills
    / On the way to the Jack and Jill windmills
    Foto: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
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A varied day of walking on undulating terrain from Upper Beeding to Lewes. You are rewarded with fasntastic views from today's highlight; the Devil's Dyke. 
25,5 km
7:00 h
491 hm
457 hm

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. 


Today is a long and undulating day, try to get started bright and early. 
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Sarah Stone
Aktualisierung: 22.09.2020

Höchster Punkt
238 m
Tiefster Punkt
4 m


Truleigh Hill YHA Café
Donkey Wheel


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 Upper Beeding, 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.


Upper Beeding (6 m)
50.880772, -0.300647
50°52'50.8"N 0°18'02.3"W
30U 689883 5640037




*** 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. ***

Leave Upper Beeding a different way to how you entered to the town yesterady. From the Rising Sun bus stop, head south on the High Street. After about 60m, come to a fork in the road. Bear left onto Henfield Road (A2037). At approx. 500m, bear right here to leave the A2037 and join 'The Bostal' road, the trail ascends as it goes between fields. Continue to follow it south-east until you come to a junction and the National Trust Beeding Hill car park. Turn left here to rejoin the SDW. 

At approx. 3 km, there is a Youth Hostel to your left, which serves drinks/food. 

From around 4.5 km, the trail runs alongside hilltops and a fence. Pass Edburton and Fulking Hills. At 6.5 km, you can continue straight ahead or take a detour on the left to reach the Devil's Dyke Pub. There is also a toilet here and fantastic views over the Dyke. If you take the detour to the pub, to rejoin the path, head south on Devil's Dyke Road. For those not opting for the detour, continue straight ahead on the SDW as it skirts the Dyke. The Devil's Dyke is a beautiful dry valley steeped in legend (see Points of Interest on digital map for more info).

At approx. 9 km, arrive at the A281. Carefully cross the road to rejoin the trail on the other side. Shortly after, pass Saddlescombe farm on your right. The farm is home to an ancient Donkey Wheel which is open to visitors (see Points of Interest for more info). 300m further on, the trail turns left and ascends steeply to the summit of West Hill. You are rewarded with lovely views including views to the Jack and Jills Windmills. 

At approx. 11 km, come to the A23 dual carriageway. The SDW turns left here and runs alongside the carriageway. After approx. 400m, turn right and cross the A23 using the bridge. The bridge does have pavements but it is also used by cars so please be careful. Follow the SDW as it skirts the edge of the town of Pyecombe. After about 500m, carefully cross the road and rejoin the trail on the other side. Continue through the golf course car park. The path ascends gently through the golf course, watch out for wayward golf balls! 

At approx. 13.5 km, the trail takes a sharp left. After about 100m, come to a fork in the path. To continue on the SDW follow it as it takes a sharp right turn, however you may also wish a quick detour to the Jack and Jill windmills which are off to the left. See Points of Interest on the digital map for more info about the windmills. 

At about 16.5 km, come to Ditchling Beacon car park, there is sometimes an ice-cream van here. From here you can also enjoy views over Brighton to the south. Continue straight ahead on the SDW.

At about 20 km, leave the SDW trail to reach Lewes, where you will be staying tonight. Continue straight ahead as the SDW trail takes a sharp right. Follow the trail through fields for about 5 km to reach Lewes. There are several trails in this area so we recommend following the GPS tracks to stay on track. For details about where you are staying in Lewes, please see your accommodation details. 

If you are staying in The Nightingales B&B, please note it is not in Lewes, but in Kingston near Lewes. In this case, do not leave the SDW as instructed for entering Lewes. Continue on the SDW as it turns right and heads south toward the A27.  At the road there is Housedean Farm Campsite where there is a water tap should you need to refill your bottles. Follow the SDW as it passes over the dual carriageway. On the other side of the A27, the path turns left, and then after about 600m, it turns right to rejoin the ridge of the Downs. The trail bends right (there are a couple of dew ponds on the right here). Take the trail that bears left to Kingston Near Lewes. Turn right to join Church Lane, then left to join The Avenue where you will find the B&B. 


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50.880772, -0.300647
50°52'50.8"N 0°18'02.3"W
30U 689883 5640037
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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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