Walking gets you fit and makes you feel great. But if you have been ill, or a slave to the motor car, getting back into walking can be difficult. Lewes Leisure Centre organises 45 minute walks to get you going. There is a charge for these. But there is no charge for walks organised by the Ramblers Association or Lewes Footpath Group. Both of these groups are happy for you to come to one or two walks without becoming a member, but you should join if you start going regularly. Lewes Footpath Group is at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk Ramblers Groups run huge numbers of walks all over Sussex. Details here.
If your image of organised walking groups is all older people,think again. The Ramblers have dedicated groups for young people. See here.
To report a problem you find on a right of way use the report form here
All the walks on the site are listed below. Maps are courtesy of Open Street Map and are reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
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Here you will find descriptions and rough maps of various walks. I recommend that you take an ordnance survey map of the area with you. You can, in principle, borrow these from Lewes library, although the local ones are often out on loan
A tour of the historic market town of Lewes, taking in the usual sites,and some less well known ones. This walk can be combined with any other route starting or finishing at Lewes. 5.47 Km / 3.40 Miles
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
A walk following the fortunes of Edward, son of King Henry 111 in the battle of Lewes, with additional stories of battles in access land. Townscape, downs, woods and rivers
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 the owner of the old racecourse, so some people still don’t know about them. Starts from Lewes prison.
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.
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.
A grand excursion from the ancient town of Lewes all the way to a microcosm of Spain by the costa, by way of lowland villages and spacious downland vistas. 7. 5 miles, 12.5 km
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
A grand circuit of the skyline above Stanmer village, with woodlands and varied far reaching views, on a route originally designed for wheelchair users and so mostly firm underfoot in all seasons and with no stiles. A few gates. 5.5 miles
6.9miles 11.1km Starting at Falmer. Shorter option 4.8 miles A new take on a popular walk to Ditchling Beacon, using open access land, or the opportunity to reverse the walk to walk from Ditchling to a football match at the Falmer stadium.
Sun, sea, sex, stations, parks, promenades, palaces, bathing beaus, twittens, tourists, respectability, raffishness, arson and a model railway exhibition. Where else but Brighton? 11km, 7 miles. Lots of opportunities to shorten the walk. You can cut off about a mile by leaving out Queens Park. You can cut out a further mile by riding on the Volks Electric railway along the front. The route can be split in two by making a diversion at Palace Pier/The Old Steine.
The group of artists centred round Furlongs in Beddingham is less well known than the Bloomsbury Group along the road, but their paintings are better. We also see feudalism at work and follow celebrityvicar Peter Own Jones.
The walk starts and end at Berwick railway station,An idyllic ramble through tranquil, quiet and gently undulating countryside with fine views of the downs and weald, highlighting the footpath work of the Ramblers. Lots of opportunities for refreshment, but quite a few stiles. 7.63miles / 12.28km
Being an exploration of tax avoidance, Bohemianism and upmarket graffiti. The Firle estate has been given hugely valuable inheritance tax exemption for property worth millions, seemingly simply in return for providing 2 new paths. This walk explores those two paths and nearby attractions. 11.46 Km / 7.12 Miles
Old railways, closed and preserved, a bus route that needs preserving, an old canal, pubs, riverside walks, ice cream, boat rides, wild swimming, pastoral countryside. What else do you need? 6.5 km 4 miles
A delightful circular walk featuring woods (bluebells in spring), commons and farmland based on the Chailey Link walk devised by local people. Slightly undulating. A number of stiles. 6.82miles / 10.97km
This walk is designed to be a short introduction to some of the most attractive countryside in the Low Weald. It is also designed so that you can take the bus from Lewes, do the walk, and get the next bus back, with perhaps a short break in the Horns Lodge if you are lucky.
A short walk in memory of the musician Ian Drury, taking in some North Chailey commons, farmland and woodland with views over the Weald, before or after a visit to a pub or tea room. 4.5 miles, 7.5 km gently rolling countryside.
A walk through some of the nicest woods in the Low Weald north of Lewe,s together with a walk by the Ouse and a steam railway. Lots of lovely picnic spots. Particularly nice at bluebell time, on hot summer days when you want some shade, and in the autumn when the leaves are going brown. 8.71 Km / 5.41 Miles flat or gently undulating.
A lovely walk through an often overlooked part of the Weald, on the border between the high and low Weald. Gently rolling countryside with woodlands fields and attractive greenways.9.85 Km / 6.12 Miles, Gently rolling terrain with no serious ascents. 2-3 hours
A traverse of the lonely Laughton levels. Savour the joys of solitude and a surprising variety of scenery. 13.34 Km / 8.29 miles on level ground,
3.8miles 6.2km. This walk offers a short and level rural ramble through the fields and woods of Isfield and also offers you the chance to visit the Lavender Line, one of the more intimate and uncrowded preserved heritage railways
A 9 mile ramble through the undulating low Weald Countryside from Uckfield, featuring the footpath which was the cause of the famous battle between the Ramblers and Mr Van Hoogstraaten. Various shorter alternatives. You need not worry. There has been no history of any problem with the famous path for many years.
Ashdown Forest is one of the great heath lands of Southern Britain. It sits on the highest ridge top of the High Weald and is the largest free public access space in the South East. Sadly it is infested with cars. But this walk lets you explore the Forest using frequent buses. 10km, 6 miles.
An exploration of the delightful High Weald south of Tunbridge Wells featuring woodland, streams and the hill village of Rotherfield, using the 29 bus from Lewes 7.5 miles
A circular downland and riverside walk to Telscombe with a visit to the villages of Southease and Rodmell 6.7miles 10.7km
A classic downland walk via Firle Beacon, Alfriston and Cuckmere Haven, utilising some of the best bits of the South Downs Way and the Vanguard Way. 14 miles with the option of shortening the walk in several places.
Fishing boats, a historic fort, cliff walks, sea views, wildflowers plants, downland views, secret woodland, an historic village and a giant cockroach. This walk round Newhaven’s harbour and surrounding countryside has it all. 6.5 miles
A gentle ramble by a nature reserve and along the sea front at Seaford. Suitable for wheelchair users and those with prams. You can pretend you are in the Netherlands, with cycles passing by and a flat landscape. 3.7 miles. Can be shortened by stopping at Bishopstone station after about 2 miles, but this station has a lot of steps.
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.
A varied walk from Plumpton to Lewes Stations taking in the low weald, the high downs, the banks of the river Ouse and the historic town of Lewes. 8.2miles 13.2km
An all weather walk, largely on tarmac, with one short muddy stretch. Suitable for heavy duty tramper wheelchairs. No stiles. Grand views of the downs about 3 miles
Forget Beachy Head and the South Downs, The High Weald is the best place for walking in Sussex.This walk, which is easy to get to from many parts of the south east, introduces you to the some joys of the High Weald and also to one of the threats to it. 6 miles, 10 km
As any Agatha Christie fan will tell you, the most dastardly bad deeds will be found in the most respectable places. So we visit the most respectable part of one of the most respectable holiday resorts in search of scandal and a good walk. (Can also be used to start or finish the South Downs Way) 5 miles
A group of walks in the Hastings and St Leonards Area
The walk starts and ends at Normans Bay station. Seaside, marshland, biodiversity, big sky and panoramic views, tranquil farmland, gentle hills, a lost village, a hidden church, a nearly forgotten prison, smugglers trails – a walk of contrasts where you are likely to have the walk to yourselves. An opportunity for a drink or a swim at the end. 10km/ 6.5 miles
Sea, street art, (including a Banksy) fabulous regency architecture,grand art deco, aristocratic parkland, the rich, the poor, the trendy and all within a kilometre of St Leonards Station! 5.46 Km / 3.39 Miles, hilly. Can be reduced to about 2.5 miles.
A Hastings Town and Country walk of 12km, 7.5 miles starting from Ore Station., Hastings Country Park, the Old Town and Ore. Can be reduced to a country walk of about 5 miles or a town walk of about 4 miles.
Wild woodlands, a classic park, a secret chine- this is the Hastings (and St Leonards) that most visitors don’t see. Alexandra Park, St Helens Woods, Old Roar, Bohemia, Summerfields. Plus a visit to the seaside to see the pier being reborn. 11.km, 7 miles starting from Hastings Station. It is possible to shorten the walk to about 3 miles of largely urban walking
A very varied walk, exploring the urban and rural facets of North East Hastings, including the amazing Specked Wood, the panoramic views from North Seat, the countryside north of the Ridge, and the atmospheric ruins of the Old St Helens Church
A walk linking one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the South East with one of the best beaches in the region, using the track of an old tramway. A great walk any time, but particularly on a sunny day. 4 miles / 6.4 km, 1hr 20 minutes, flat.
Once the High Weald was heavily wooded. A lot of woodland still remains. This walk takes you through the woodland that you can see from the train between Balcombe and Three Bridges Stations. The woodlands have been described as areas of “intimacy, seclusion and tranquillity 8.5 miles stating and finishing at Three Bridges station.
3.8miles 6.1km. This ramble follows the course of the famous railway that ran from Brighton to Rottindean in the sea. The daddy longlegs ran on twin tracks, 18ft apart. Mostly level and wheelchair accessible with a couple of steep slopes.
5.5miles 8.9km Beautiful secret lanes, level walking, quiet fields, lovely undiscovered woodland and a link with the second world war Normandy landings. A secret waiting to be discovered. One part that may be a little overgrown, but there is an alternative.
Woodlands, fields, art and history and an introduction to the issues of keeping footpaths open. 7 miles, 10 km, gentle, slightly undulating countryside.
A lovely varied walk through Wealden woods and hills, using the London to Hastings Railway and ending at famous Battle. It starts at Robertsbridge Station, which may seem a long way from Lewes, but if you consult Travel Line South East to get a good connection, you can be there in little more than an hour. 7.4 miles/12km. Rolling hills and a couple of moderately steep climbs
A countryside and seaside adventure for adults and energetic children with varied things to see and do. – and some reminders about why we need to fight for a coastal path. The walk can be shortened from its full length of about 6 and a half miles.
A quite stunning long distance walk within a day’s travel of Lewes
The Kentish Thames walk has its own section, but here are some other amazing walks in the Thames Valley to the East of London