Lewes - Glynde - Glyndebourne - Lewes

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The walk starts in the historic town of Lewes. A climb up out of Lewes leads to the Southerham Nature Reserve, with views over untouched downland and the South Downs. A short, steep climb ascends to the Iron Age fort of Mount Caburn, which has stunning views over to Lewes and the South Downs.

Descending into the village of Glynde gives an opportunity for a lunch or tea break at the Little Cottage tea rooms, or in Glynde Place, where you can also have a guided tour of the house and visit the gardens (check their opening times at http://www.glyndeplace.com/ ). Glynde also has a working forge and an unusual semi-Palladian-style church.

From Glynde the route follows a country road past an alpaca farm to Glyndebourne, home of the famous opera house. Climbing up from Glyndebourne, the walk goes back into the Southerham Nature Reserve, offering more beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The walk continues through Lewes Golf Course and ends with a descent back into Lewes.

England - South England - East Sussex - South Downs


Ancient Monument, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Stately Home, Tea Shop
7/7/2022 - Martin Cross

Most of this walk is across beautiful downland (and a golf course) with a fair amount of ascents and descents. The downside is the road section between 10 and 12, a mile at least. Also don't rely on the tearoom at Glynde, who refused us service on a Thursday 'due to a private booking' even though the place was empty.

1/23/2012 - John Holloway

This walk is difficult with a dog. None of the stiles have a dog gate so unless you have a very small dog, which can squeeze through, you will have to somehow get the dog over the stile. Dogs need to be kept on a lead as there are grazing animals on most of the route. Also the road between Glynde and Glyndebourne has long stretches without footpaths. Visibilty for walkers and motorists is not good. I did not feel safe walking on this road.

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