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    The Lewes Hill Challenge

    Saturday 1st June

    Distance 25.5 miles, Circular Grade Strenuous Start Time 09:30 Host Holly Start Location BN7 2UP

    Meeting point: Lewes Station

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The annual challenge walk this year is based in Lewes! The walk starts from Lewes train station we will head up the first hill of the day up to the top of the Golf Course and making our way across the downs in an eastly direction taking in two more hills before dropping down into the village of Glynde. After stopping for a comfort break we will continue climbing back up onto the South Downs Way and heading westerly with excellent views over the River Ouse.

We drop down from into the hamlet of Southease, crossing over the River Ouse and heading into up into the village of Rodmell. After a packed lunch, and a drink in the pub only we climb once more up onto the South Downs and circle around Highdole Hill and Swanborough Hill. We follow the footpath as it meanders around and up Castle Hill before joining back up with the South Downs way.

Late afternoon we will continue climbing up Long Hill and circle around Ashcombe Bottom and around Black Cap before descending off the downs into the village of Offham where we will stop again for a comfort break and drink at the pub. The last miles of the day are the flattest along the River Ouse back to Lewes and the pub for dinner.

Our walk gradings

  • E


    Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

  • L


    Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.

  • M


    Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.

  • S


    Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.

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About our walks

Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.

All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Please remember

  • Bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Bring something to drink, even if the walk has a pub stop. On most full day walks you'll need to bring a picnic lunch. The walk details will show this.
  • If you wish to bring your dog on a walk, you must ask the walk leader in advance as some walks are not suitable for dogs.
  • Please arrive early so that the walk can start on time. We'll wait up to 10 minutes if you let us know you've been delayed en-route.

All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.

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