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Balcombe (Ouse Valley) Viaduct and The Nymans Estate

Price: £14.00 /per person

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Balcombe (Ouse Valley) Viaduct and The Nymans Estate

This is a walk full of small delights: a nature reserve and lake with Japanese pavilion down by the stream below the gardens and park of Nymans with its part-ruined manor house; a churchyard in Slaugham (pronounced 'Slaffam') with a 600-year-old yew tree some 10 metres in circumference; the ruins of Slaugham Manor; then a walk down to the River Ouse – with the incongruous sight of a Roman arch and columns in the middle of nowhere – and later up through fields and woods to the fine old village of Balcombe.

Nymans Estate

Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland. The house was partially destroyed by fire in 1947 and the romantic ruins of a fairytale gothic mansion remain.

In the late 1800s Ludwig Messel bought the Nymans Estate in the Sussex High Weald to make a dream family home. Inspired by the wooded surroundings he created a garden with plants collected from around the world. Here this creative family entertained friends and family, enjoyed relaxing, playing and picnicking in the garden and woods. Today it is still a garden lovers' home - a place to relax all year round and enjoy a peaceful country garden.

Balcombe (Ouse Valley) Viaduct

The Ouse Valley Viaduct is an icon of Sussex. Built in 1841 by John Rastrick, it is a magnificent structure with 37 arches, set amidst the beautiful rolling countryside of Sussex. The viaduct - which took over 11 million bricks to build, approximately 1,500 feet in length and 100 feet high, - will be familiar to anyone who has taken the London to Brighton train. And it looks even better from ground level!


Level: Moderate - medium to fast pace (5/10)

Distance: 14.6 miles (23km)

Duration: 7hrs plus lunch

Start/Finish: Balcome Station


Walks & Mileage Chart:

Your total distance covered will enter you into an

exclusive Club 100, Club 300 and Club 500.

This is exclusive to NBH and offers a great prize.


Lunch: The Chequers at Slaugham (


Meeting Time: 8.15am.

Meet: Tooley Street entrance next to West Cornwall Pasty Co.
(leading to platforms 1-6)

Depart from London Bridge platform 2 at 08.42 and arrive in Balcome at 09.21.

Returning from Balcome, and arriving London Bridge at 18.30

Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:

Cost: £14.00 (Rail Travel and NBH costs).


NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.


Things to bring:
Packed lunch (if not eating at The Chequers)
Water and snacks
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for drinks)
Camera (optional)


Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation


IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates:


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