Berwick to Lewes Linear Walk

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Oct 29

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A linear 12.5 mile walk with 305m (1000 feet) of ascent.

Join me on this linear 12.5 mile walk, staring at Berwick and ending in Lewes.

We leave Berwick heading south crossing the A27 on the Vanguard Way bridlepath and picking up the South Downs Way behind Alfriston. 

The Vanguard Way is named after a bunch of infamous young ramblers in the 1960s who liked nothing better than walking and pub stops with copious amounts of amenities consumed, both done at a furious pace!

Passing through Berwick village, the Vanguard Way goes directly through the yard of St Michael and All Angels Church. This ancient parish church lies in the beautiful South Downs National Park with spectacular views of the escarpment of the Downs to the south. Not only does the church offer a spiritual retreat but has a fascinating collection of contemporary art.

Leaving Vanguard Way we head west on to the south downs way and start to make the bulk of the days ascent peaking at Firle Beacon offering fantastic views across the Downs and the site is often used for gliding activities like slope soaring.

As we continue along the South Downs Way with Glyndebourne opera house in the distance to the north and glimpses of the sea to the south we start to descend towards Southease station.  

Crossing the line at this unmanned station we we are confronted with Southease swing bridge to cross the the River Ouse. Southease swing bridge is an historic cast Iron bridge built in 1880. From there we will track north on the riverbanks toward Lewes. Passing though railway land this former railway goods yard has diverse habitats including grassland, wet willow woodland, floodplain grazing meadows and reedbeds.

Arriving in Lewes the walk will end at the station.

OS Map of the route Here!

All pictures were taken by the leader.


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Signpost on the South Downs Way
Old church at Berwick
View of the downs
Southease swing bridge
Railway lands next to the river ouse
Signpost on the South Downs Way
Old church at Berwick
View of the downs
Southease swing bridge
Railway lands next to the river ouse