GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Falmer to Lewes Walk

6 miles (10 km)

This small East Sussex based village is located betweenBrigthe campus of Brighton & Hove Albion'sFalmer Stadium. It's a pretty place with a noteworthy large gravel pond and a pretty green which is ideal for picnics in the summer months. Next to the pond is the historic parish church which dates back to the 17th century.
This walk from the village takes you to Lewes using footpaths and bridleways across the South Downs.
Starting in Falmer you head north east to Waterpit Hill and Balmer Down where there's the 170 metre high Balmer Huff hill and the site of the ancient medieval village of Balmer.
The route then picks up a section of The South Downs Way National Trail to take you up to Blackcap and Mount Harry. Blackcap includes a splendid ridge top trail with tremendous views over the Weald, burial mounds, battle grounds and ancient trackways. It's great for flora and fauna too with butterflies fluttering around the many pretty wildflowers. You can also explore the woodland areas in Ashcombe bottomhere.
From Mount Harry you continue east to the village of Offham. Here you can pick up a lovely riverside path along the River Ouse which will take you south to Lewes. Here you can visit the historic 11th century castle and enjoy walks along the Sussex Ouse Valley Way.


BN1 9PD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Walks near Falmer

  • Stanmer Country Park - Enjoy beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands in this country park in Brighton
  • Lewes - This circular walk around the county town of East Sussex includes riverside paths, lovely views of the South Downs and a visit to Lewes Castle
  • Barcombe Mills - This delightful area of East Sussex has riverside trails, a small reservoir and lovely countryside views
  • Sussex Ouse Valley Way - This splendid waterside walk follows the River Ouse from its source near Lower Beeding to the coast at Seaford Bay.
    The walk starts near Horsham at the village of Lower Beeding and passes through Slaugham, Handcross and Staplefield
  • Mount Caburn - This walk visits the delightful Mount Caburn Nature Reserve in the South Downs
  • Firle Beacon - This circular walk takes you to the splendid Firle Beacon in the South Downs
  • The South Downs Way - This beautiful 100 mile long trail runs from Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne
  • Lewes to Alfriston - A lovely walk from Lewes to Alfriston, first following the River Ouse before picking up the South Downs Way
  • Glynde to Lewes Walk - This popular circular walk on the South Downs takes you from the village of Glynde to the town of Lewes
  • Rottingdean - This attractive coastal village is located in the city of Brighton in East Sussex
  • Iford - A circular walk from the Sussex village of Iford, visiting the River Great Ouse and the neighbouring villages of Southease and Rodmell.
    The village sits just a couple of miles south of Lewes on slopes of theSouth Downsin the valley of theRiver Ouse
  • Seaford - This East Sussex based town is a great place for cliff top coastal walking
  • Castle Hill Nature Reserve - This circular walk visits the Castle Hill National Nature Reserveon the eastern outskirts ofBrightonin the South Downs National Park


The Swan Inn is a nice place in Falmer for refreshments. The pub is over 100 years old with the are adorned with antique adverts and pictures of the village in days past. They serve good quality food and can be found at postcode BN1 9PD for your sat navs. The pub is dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of Falmer there's Stanmer Country Park to explore. Here you'll find an 18th century Palladian building surrounded by a country estate with woodland trails and fine views.


Falmer Pond - - 3887829

Falmer Pond

Descent from Waterpit Hill towards Moon's Corner - - 1770940

Descent from Waterpit Hill towards Moon's Corner

Waterpit Hill - - 71576

Waterpit Hill

On Balmer Huff - - 2045565

On Balmer Huff. On Balmer Down are twoscheduled monuments, Buckland Hole and Balmer Huff. The twoIron Ageand Romano-British villages lay opposite one another.

Path near Blackcap - - 2421712

Path near Blackcap. This whole area is steeped in history with many interesting features including burial mounds, battle grounds and ancient trackways. It is reputed that Simon de Montfort marched his army along this way in 1264 to fight King Henry III's men in the Battle of Lewes.

Trig Point - Blackcap - - 2421687

Trig Point at Blackcap.

River Ouse at Offham - - 2421903

River Ouse at Offham

Lewes Castle - - 4383888

Lewes Castle


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