A 2 day walk: Housedean Farm - Southease - Alfriston

Bus and train are great ways to get out into the South Downs National Park and enjoy the South Downs Way without having to go back and pick up the car. This itinerary is designed to use public transport in order to get to and from the South Downs Way.

Begin your walk by ascending up onto Jugg’s ‘Road’ where you will pass above Kingston and experience fantastic views across the Ouse Valley. Follow the chalk ridge and wind your way down into Southease village, where there is a rare example of a church with a Saxon spire. End your first day by finishing at Southease Railway station where you can either stay over at YHA South Downs or catch a train to Lewes or Seaford to find alternative accommodation.

On day two, start at Southease station and walk up Itford Hill and pass many bronze-age tumuli as you enjoy panoramas of the sea and the steep slopes of the Downs. Finally descend into the picturesque village of Alfriston where there are plenty of options for refreshment and accommodation.

Public Transport details:

Day one: Catch the 28/29 bus from Brighton, Lewes, Uckfield or Tunbridge Wells to Housedean Farm. If arriving from Brighton, walk east, crossing the farm bridge over the A27 and joining the South Downs Way. If arriving from Lewes, simply turn left and join the South Downs Way. Head east to Southease (7 miles) and stay at the YHA South Downs. If you are planning a longer trip there is also a campsite at Housedean Farm.

Day two: Continue along the South Downs Way by crossing over the footbridge and heading east along the South Downs Way to Alfriston (7 miles).

On arrival why not relax in one of the many pubs and cafés before catching either the no.125 bus to Lewes, or the no.126 to Berwick and then the train to Lewes.

 

Lewes and Bordering Landscape

 

For further details please follow the link below:

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SDWay-by-bus-and-train-guide-revised-March-2019-WEB.pdf