4 of 5 (9 votes)

Exploring the South Downs from Alfriston to Glynde

A moderate walk (countryside) in national park South Downs starting and finishing in East Sussex, England, about 14.50km (9.01 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 162m (531ft)
Descent 167m (547ft)
Max. Elevation 190m (623ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 329m (1078ft)
Alfriston village centre
Distance 14.50km
Duration ~4:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 23 May 2008
This walk has everything you could want from Sussex - a stroll along Cuckmere River to start, sea views along the South Downs, and two attractive Downland villages, Alfriston and Glynde, both perfect for refreshments. The walk starts in Alfriston, which is easily reached by bus, but if you are travelling by train, Berwick station is just a short walk from Alfriston and on the same line as Glynde.

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OS Grid TQ520032
Alfriston is actually on the South Downs Way, but a nicer start to this walk is along the Cuckmere River. From Alfriston centre, head to the church. Just through the churchyard is a footbridge across the Cuckmere River. Cross over and head south along the river.
OS Grid TQ509012
At the top of the hill, cross through the High and Over car park (boo!) and pick up the bridleway. This loops round for 6km of the finest walking in the South Downs - sea views to the south, and the vast expanse of downland hills spreading out ahead of you. Enjoy.
About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
OS Grid TQ487023
Halfway round there is a junction where three or four bridleways and footpaths join. You can choose your own route, but head north along one of them to join the South Downs Way. My favourite route is just to stay on the ridge and enjoy the views.
About 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
OS Grid TQ493050
This disused chalk pit is just next to Bostal Hill. From here, head northwest along the South Downs Way.
About 2.76 km (~1.71 miles) from
OS Grid TQ454059
At Beddingham Hill, turn off the South Downs Way and pick up the track heading north. This road leads directly to Glynde station.
About 3.97 km (~2.47 miles) from
OS Grid TQ457087
You have now reached the small village of Glynde, famous for the Glyndebourne Opera, but better known amongst walkers for the Trevor Arms, a lovely little pub just next to the station. Enjoy a pint of Harvey's, the local brew, whilst waiting for your train or bus home.
About 2.86 km (~1.78 miles) from

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Dave Reeves
24 May 2020
Trevor Arms At Glynde Is Closed


23 May 2008
Carry On To Lewes!

Glynde, where this walk finishes, is the start of another car free walk - Downs and Out. Why not make a long day of it by carrying on over Mount Caburn to Lewes?

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