Lewes, Firle Beacon and the Sussex Ouse

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14 miles in 6.5 hours, including breaks

The walk takes in Mount Caburn, Glynde, Firle Estate, Firle Beacon, the South Downs Way, Southease and the Sussex River Ouse.

We start our day walk at Lewes station, initially walking through the narrow streets of Lewes town centre and then climb to the east of the town to Mount Caburn.  We descend to the village of Glynde, before turning south towards Firle and Firle Estate. The steepest and longest climb of the day then follows as we climb to Firle Beacon on the South Downs Way.

After a lunch stop, hopefully with great views across the Downs, we will follow the South Downs Way in a westerly direction, descending to the village of Southease.  After reaching Southease we will turn to the north, following the banks of the Sussex Ouse back to Lewes.

Lewes: the county town of East Sussex (and historically of the whole of Sussex). A popular market town, with many antique shops and pubs.  The town was the site of the Battle of Lewes in 1264, and landmarks include Lewes Castle, Lewes Priory and Anne of Cleves House.

Mount Caburn: a 146m hill, one of the highest landmarks in East Sussex, about a mile east of Lewes overlooking the village of Glynde. It is an isolated part of the South Downs, separated by Glynde Reach, a tributary of the River Ouse.  It commands magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and is a popular launching point for hang-gliders.

Firle Estate: Firle derives from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Fierol’ meaning ‘oak covered land’. The Estate sits on ancient downland chalk landscapes, spread across four villages at the foot of The Firle Beacon.  The main house and Estate are owned by the Gage family.


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