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    The Lewes Hill Challenge

    Saturday 1st June

    Distance 22 miles, Circular Grade Strenuous Start Time 09:30 Host Holly Start Time 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 north along the towpath of the River Ouse up to the village of Offham. The first hill of the day is up to Black Cap, as we circle around the top to join the South Downs Way following the footpath as it meanders over the South Downs with excellent views over towards to the sea and down on Lewes. 

We will be descending off the downs for a late lunch and a stop in the pub in Rodmell.  After we continue crossing back over the River Ouse at Southease, we climb back up onto the South Downs heading in a eastly direction for a couple of miles before decending down on a chalk path with excellent views.

After crossing the A27 and walking though the small village of Glynde we will be stopping in the tea room for refreshments. Just before we start the final ascent up onto the South Downs, we will be walking in a westerly direction back Lewes taking in two big hills before arriving at the Golf Course at the edge of Lewes, for the final descent back the the town. 

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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