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South Downs Hike, Southease to Seaford - 13 Miles (21km)

  • Mar 31, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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Update 28 March. The weather for this hike is set to be cold, but dry and far less breezy than recently and with a good chance of some brightness. Indeed, perfect for an invigorating Easter walk, but do wrap up warm, as we will be very exposed to the elements on large sections of the hike.

Due to the bracing conditions, I have shortened the hike by around 3 miles and we will now start at Southease station instead of Lewes. The other details remain the same.

I have also booked the 14C Ye Old Smugglers Inn in Alfriston for lunch at around 14:00.

See you all on Sunday!

Note that this hike is on Easter Sunday.

With British Summer Time making a welcome return and our fitness improving in tune with the day length, it's high time to venture back not only to the hills of the South Downs, but also take in a short stretch of the Sussex Coast.

The South Downs became the UK's newest National Park only two years ago - surely a justified step given the stunning views, downland scenery and abundant wildlife. For us hikers, there is the added bonus of some challenging hills.

The plan is to traverse the ridge of hills a few times through the day to take in the sweeping vistas, hangliders and a pub lunch in the picture postcard village of Alfriston. After lunch there will be a change of terrain walking down the Cuckmore valley, before enjoying the famous views of the Seven Sisters. We will end the hike in seaside Seaford, where there are two trains an hour back to London, taking approximately 90 minutes. Those who wish to stay on and socialise are welcome to join me at a suitable establishment, but there is the option to head straight home, but note that it is unlikely that you will get back in London until at least 20:00.

Travel there by train: meet me BEFORE 09:30 outside the main ticket office at Victoria Mainline station ("Ticket Counter" opposite platforms 13-19 on this map: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/sjp/VIC/plan.html). We will catch the 09:47 to Southease via a change of train at Lewes. If making your own way to the start, meet us at Southease station ready to go at 11:09 - you can return there by train from Seaford at the end of the hike.

If, like me, you need a coffee to join the land of the living at this time of the morning, getting a free Bite card gets you 20% off at many station outlets: https://www.bitecard.co.uk/Home

The cost to include the guided and backmarked hike, plus the return train fares is £12. Please pay the hike leader in cash on the train.

The walking pace will be sociable, but the hike is longer than those we have been doing over the Winter and the terrain is moderately hilly and very exposed to the weather, so a reasonable level of fitness and suitable clothing / footwear are required to enjoy the trip.

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  • Luis

    Thanks for organizing a truly enjoyable walk and great day.

    April 1, 2013

  • Andy

    A really enjoyable day again in the S Downs - thanks everyone for coming along. Hopefully the shorts can finally make an appearance at the next hike!

    April 1, 2013

  • Emmylou

    Thanks for a top walk, I really enjoyed it, especially that last stretch into the sun! And a lovely group of people too!

    April 1, 2013

  • Liam

    A great walk - great views of the sea and Seven Sisters in the sunshine! Thanks Andy, and true to your record you always seem to arrange for sunshine too!

    April 1, 2013

  • Enzo

    Thanks Andy! Another Great walk with lots of interesting and fun people. Enjoyed the day very much! Good training for my Kilimanjaro climb :-) Thanks and Ciao Enzo!

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike great company! Thanks Andy!

    April 1, 2013

  • Kuldip

    Great to be outdoors again - thanks Andy!

    April 1, 2013

  • Judy

    Thanks Andy for such a good hike, really enjoyed it and it blew the cobwebs away :)

    April 1, 2013

  • Tony

    Great hike with nice variety of landscapes - wonderful cliffs! Thanks Andy!

    April 1, 2013

  • Maja

    Andy, thanks for the hills, the (lots of) stairs and the most wonderful views. All were much needed abd made my day :-)

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Andy for a very enjoyable walk, good itinerary, felt very welcome and had fun with the group, I feel like I had my dose of fresh air for the week ahead now:)

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry something has come up and can't come now :(

    March 31, 2013

  • Luis

    hi Andy, my first time here, one question, do we meet you at Victoria to buy the tickets or do we buy them ourselves before? Do we buy a single or return? Cheers

    March 30, 2013

    • Maja

      Andy will buy group saver tickets.

      March 31, 2013

  • Veejay

    sorry to cancel - urgent stuff

    March 30, 2013

  • Uli

    sorry, have to work

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies - have to cancel as knee is playing up again

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello All!

    I'm thinking of joining you on Sun. Just a bit confused...I'd be using my own transport so I don't need a train ticket arranged. Would I pay the full price? Your prompt response would be much appreciated.
    Thank you.

    March 30, 2013

    • Andy

      No problem - if you make your own way to this hike (start Southease station 11:09), there will be no charge. If travelling by train, get a return to Seaford. If coming by car, note that Southease has no car park, or even proper road access, so parking in Lewes and joining the group on the 11:03 train is advised.

      March 30, 2013

    • Maja

      There is a £4 contribution to the Club payable to the organiser of the walk. We have costs running the Club and your contributiin is much appreciated. Thank you!

      March 30, 2013

  • Vilian

    Sorry andy i have to pull out as need to deal with something on that day in town so cant go for the full day walk, look forward to the next one though!

    March 29, 2013

  • Matthew F.

    Sorry Andy, my ankle is playing up, went for 2hr walk this morning and it didn't last, so will give Sunday a miss. Sorry

    March 29, 2013

  • gilla

    Sorry not sure I can make it so I'd better cancel sooner rather than later!

    March 29, 2013

  • gilla

    sorry not sure I can make it so I'd better cancel sooner rather than later. I'll come to the next!

    March 29, 2013

  • Judy

    Will meet you at Southease train station in the morning Andy.

    March 29, 2013

  • Lisa

    Enjoy!

    March 29, 2013

  • Uli

    not 100% sure whether I can make it. but I hope so.

    March 29, 2013

  • Andy

    Hi all, I have updated the hike details slightly - note the slight reduction in hike length due to the current bracing weather. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday morning at Victoria ready for a great day out! Andy

    March 28, 2013

    • Andy

      Oh yes, please also note that the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday morning, so don't forget to reset the alarm clock!

      March 28, 2013

  • Annie

    Not feeling 100% and this walk is tough so bowing out (reluctantly).

    March 28, 2013

  • Sagar

    Hi andy, I live in London but am not European domicile i.e i'm indian, can i still join the walk since the rules states its open to only euro citizens - please let me know so that can update status

    March 27, 2013

    • Maja

      Where does it say that the walk is open only to "euro" citizens? That would exclude a lot of people including Andy who is out of the euro zone.

      March 27, 2013

    • Andy

      All members of the LEC are most welcome on these walks, but just note that this one is a little longer and hillier than recent excursions.

      March 28, 2013

  • Paul h.

    Hi Andy
    I'm going to meet you guys at Lewis station before the walk at 10.40am I will be coming back to London when the evening has finished, i will just need a return ticket is that ok Andy? Looking forward to the walk
    thanks

    March 26, 2013

    • Andy

      Hi Paul, no problem - I'll factor you into the train ticket count. See you on Sunday, Andy

      March 28, 2013

  • Annemarie

    Hi Andy, thanks for fitting me it. But, I've made a mistake with the dates. I thought this walk was for April the 31st. I'll be enjoying the 'tropical' weather in Cornwall, this Sunday.

    March 26, 2013

  • Paul R

    Don't think I can make this one.

    February 24, 2013

    • Andy

      Pity, but please still take care of the weather for the hike Paul! I am looking for a backmarker for this trip to help ensure we don't lose too many of the group during the day - please let me know if you are interested.

      March 21, 2013

    • Ann

      I'd be happy to help out

      March 22, 2013

  • Vito

    Hi Andy, Do you know if the train stops in Lewes in the way back? I was thinking about leaving my car there. Thanks

    February 24, 2013

    • Andy

      Hi Vito, yes, the train from Seaford does stop at Lewes after the hike. Please meet us by the main entrance ticket barriers when we arrive at ~10:50. Cheers.

      February 27, 2013

    • Vito

      Thank you

      February 27, 2013

  • Julian

    Would love to do this, but it's Eater weekend and I'll be away.

    February 24, 2013

  • Maja

    25km, at the end of March! Wow!!!

    February 24, 2013

    • Andy

      Well, most of us have the Monday to recover before we go back to work, so it would just be rude not to take in the extra hill!

      February 24, 2013

  • Matthew F.

    Very Ambitious - start at Glynde or Southease?

    February 20, 2013

    • Andy

      The plan is to start at Lewes to benefit from the direct fast train service and so we can take in an extra superb hill!

      February 24, 2013

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