Posted 1 March 2019 by Andrew Gardner
Glynde and Lewes are both good starting points for this circular walk; both are accessible by train or, better still, start from one of our holiday cottages near Lewes! I love to start from Glynde, detour into Lewes for a pub lunch or to visit the castle, and visit the tearoom in Glynde at the end. The route is waymarked but I always recommend taking a map, download or leaflet. It's just over 10km so allow 3-4 hours, though you could easily make a day of it as there's plenty to see.
So in Glynde, first find Ranscombe Lane (cross the river if you're coming from the station) then turn right through a gate to start the walk. You'll find yourself on a lovely, grassy South Downs track heading uphill.
At the third gate there's an optional detour into the Mount Caburn Nature Reserve - follow the track to the summit (there's an Iron Age hill fort) for fantastic views of the South Downs and the sea at Newhaven, then return to the gate. Go through it and down the valley towards a dewpond. Shortly after this you'll see a waymarker pointing diagonally uphill; follow it through a gate and left again onto the track at the top.
This takes you through Lewes Golf Club, where you can stop for a drink. Follow the drive downhill and look for the yellow marker pointing up to the right. To visit Lewes, follow the road ahead instead and then fork left into town – and if you're starting from Lewes, look for the golf club drive and the waymarker.
It points you up a short path, then right up some steep steps. Now the path meanders through the golf course, so follow the yellow waymarkers carefully and do look out for low-flying golf balls and players about to tee-off in your direction.
After this there's a stile and a couple more gates, then the path goes downhill with some woods on your left before climbing again on a lovely wide, chalky track – classic South Downs scenery. Eventually you fork left and reach the gate at Mt Caburn that you went through earlier; turn left downhill back to Glynde. Tea time, I think!