Southern England – Lewes, East Sussex
Distance: 26km/16 miles
Type: Downland and valley
Where: Circular walk from Lewes to Southease via Blackcap and the South Downs Way, returning along the Sussex Ouse Valley Way.
Start/End: Lewes train station (TQ416098). Car park at station and also nearby in Mountfield Road
Terrain: Clear ridge-top tracks and riverside paths.
Maps : OS Explorer 122; Landranger 198.
Lewes is situated in a gap in the South Downs by the River Ouse. Dominating the town is the Norman castle, and on the hillside to the west is the site of the 1264 Battle of Lewes, which led to the creation of the first recognised English Parliament. Notable buildings include the 15th-century timber-framed Anne-of-Cleves House and The Fifteenth Century Bookshop. This beautiful route includes a ridge-top stretch along the South Downs Way with a gentle return beside the River Ouse.
Click below to see a route profile and view the route on an Ordnance Survey map