Falmer to Lewes

Submitted by GaryShipp on 08 September 2008
OS Explorer Map: 122 - Brighton & Hove
(14 votes)
A linear, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Falmer, Brighton and Hove, about 13.9km (roughly 8.6 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A half day walk taking in some of the best view points on the South Downs. Start at Falmer, which has a station and good bus links from Brighton.

Start: Falmer, OS Grid: TQ345085
End: Lewes, OS Grid: TQ416098
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 216m (710ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 489m (1604ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 272m (894ft)
Max. Elevation: 210m (688ft)

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OS Grid: TQ345085
Start of the walk
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TQ336095
The quintessential English Stately Home village, complete with manor house, church and tea rooms . . .
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TQ336107
Go staright over here to walk down a wonderful path through the beech trees - best in Autumn when the leaves turn golden.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TQ338113
Go through the gate here and follow the line of the fence
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TQ343117
Either continue in the direction you've been headng and pas via Streat Hill Farm, or extend the walk by turning northwards and a few more contours to meet the South Downs Way to the East of Ditchling Beacon.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TQ352127
This long distance path travels 100 miles between Eastbourne and Winchester. Head eastwards towards Lewes.
About 2.2 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TQ374124
Admire the view northwards across the Weald to the Ashdown Forest and face the sea and the lights of Brighton.
About 2.2 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 7 OS Grid: TQ392112
Once one of the most impressive views from and race course in the land. Now a gallops.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 8 OS Grid: TQ402108
From here you can take any number of routes into town. But make sure you leave time to explore this beautiful market town, with it's Castle, boutique shopping and Brewery (tours available).
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 9 OS Grid: TQ413100
Climb to the top for beautiful views of the surrounding town and countryside.
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 10 OS Grid: TQ416098
For frequent services to London, Ashford, Eastbourne, and Brighton.
5 comments ...join the discussion!
Charlotte  commented on 13 December 2013
Wrongly titled
This is a lovely walk but it is not a walk from Brighton to Lewes its a walk from Falmer to Lewes.
Timwoods  commented on 14 December 2013
Wrong title
Good point! I expect the author counted Falmer as part of Brighton, but we'll correct it as it isn't really. Thanks Tim
Helen Burrows  commented on 20 September 2014
Distance walking Falmer to lewes
Hi, This walk via Black Cap hill, beacon Harry is not as much as 9 miles, maybe 9Km at most, cheers, helen
Timwoods  commented on 08 October 2014
Hi Helen You could be right, sometimes the distances are overestimated due to the way the website calculates them, looks to me like 11-12 km at a rough estimate.
Anne Heining  commented on 30 June 2015
Falmer is in Brighton
Just to correct a previous comment, we live in Falmer and it is in fact considered to be part of Brighton (Brighton is included in our postal address). Slightly confusing but the author is not incorrect. We have yet to do the walk but have been inspired by this post!
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