April 2020

BUSES AND TRAINS

If you have to travel, using public transport may be better than going in a car with someone you don’t live with.  Trains are going past with only one person on them. Many buses are the same.  So it is far easier to keep your distance from other people than it is inside a car.

TRAINS
From Monday 30th March trains will run on a Sunday service with additional early and late trains.  The service will be uploaded to National Rail Enquiries on 28th.  There will be short notice alterations because of possible staff shortages.  So check National Rail Enquiries before you set out.

BUSES

If you can find a bus you can use your bus pass at any time.

Brighton and Hove Buses 28 and 29
From Monday 30th March there is a Sunday service with extra early morning buses.  This means that that for most of the day there is a half hourly service to Brighton, an hourly service to Ringmer and an hourly service to Tunbridge Wells. Timings here. The timetable may change again on Saturday 4th April.

Compass Bus Services
All rural services have stopped.  The local services 128 and 129 round Nevill and Winterbourne has stopped.  Full details here. Landport and Malling bus 127 is running a special timetable shown here.

Suspended services 121, 122, 123, 125, 128, 129, 143, 145, 166, 167, 168:

Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) have, by special arrangement with East Sussex County Council, agreed wherever possible to assist passengers of any age who are affected by these suspended services. Those who still need to make vital journeys should contact CTLA to see if they can be accommodated through their expanded dial a ride services.

Bookings can be made by phoning CTLA on 01273 517332 between the hours of 08.00 – 16.00 on Mondays to Fridays. Passengers with a Concessionary Pass, who would normally have travelled on these Compass Travel services, will also be able to use the replacement dial a ride arrangement for free during this crisis period.

CTLA (Community Transport Lewes Area)
See above.  The 131 Wallands Service has stopped but people can apply to use the dial a ride service above. The Sunday 132 service round town does not appear to be stopped yet, but do ring to check if you are thinking of using it.

Cuckmere Buses
The 125 Saturday service to Alfriston and Eastbourne has been stopped.  Only a limited number of services not running near Lewes are running.

WALKING

You can still go out walking, but do not use public transport to get to your walk.

Please avoid the most popular routes which are becoming packed on good weather days.

Below is a selection of circular walks from Lewes selected because you they are either less popular or they are easier to step aside to distance yourself from people, or both.

Lewes and Iford via Rise Farm
A short, tranquil and unknown walk through the Iford Brooks taking in Lewes, Rise Farm and Iford, with a curious history.  7.54 Km / 4.69 Miles

Inside the race course
Here is a walk of about 3 and a half miles on the downs with trees. Most of the paths were dedicated about in the 1990s by Iford Farms so some people still don’t know about them.  Starts from Lewes prison.

Lewes and Kingston walk
8km, 5 miles.  A walk with something for everybody- downland views, four pubs, a farm park, Anne of Cleves House, the Priory and a windmill- and not too much effort either.

Malling Down
A short walk on Malling Down, above Lewes, with grand views over the surrounding area and Malling Nature Reserve, also visiting the Martyrs Memorial. 5.57 Km / 3.46 Miles

Below are a couple of one-way walks to or from Lewes that you could adapt to form circular walks.  If you would like to buy an Ordnance Survey map online to help you plan you can order at the strangely named Dash4It.  I recommend the Explorer series

The secluded Balsdean Valley
9.4miles 15.1km There can be few places where you can be so cut off so near to big towns and cities as Balsdean and Standean Bottoms and there can be few places where you can get such panoramic views in all directions, sea, downs and towns.

To Blackcap with the Monday Group (Cooksbridge to Lewes)
Blackcap is one of the most attractive hills on the south downs. This route reaches it from Cooksbridge station, using a newly created path. The walk then continues over the Downs to Lewes. The walk features the work of the Monday Group. 5.5miles 8.9km, about 2 hours, a number of stiles, one steep climb.  Can be muddy after periods of rain.

CYCLING

Cycle shops are still open and cycling on the road is ideal at the moment because of the reduced amount of traffic on the road.  It may be difficult to socially isolate on popular off road routes like the South Downs Way though.  Why not get your bike fixed if it needs attention.

Cycleshack is open.  At the time of writing the Friars Work was open normal hours with ad-hoc arrangement for the Cliffe High Street Shop.  Check the link for current arrangements.

Mr Cycles in Seaford have closed the shop, but will collect and deliver your bike after working on it.  Check the web site for details.  Your editor has just bought an electric bike conversion from them.

There are a number of cycle routes on the Travel Log Lewes web site.

Lewes- Barcombe Bike Ride

Glynde Circular Bike ride ( you will need to cycle to Glynde first)

Lewes- Balsdean Bike Ride

Here are some linear routes you can mix and match to make a round trip.

Cycling the old Glyndebridge turnpike

Lewes to Berwick direct

Lewes to Berwick via Newhaven and Seaford

AND FINALLY

Look after yourself and others in these difficult times.