GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sussex Ouse Valley Way

42 miles (68 km)

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. Near here you will pass the impressive Ouse Valley Viaduct, one of the most photographed sites on the path.
The route continues through Lindfield, Freshfield, Sheffield Park, Newick, Barcombe Mills, Hamsey, Lewes, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe and Newhaven before finishing at Seaford Bay.
Walk highlights include the beautiful Nymans Gardens at Handcross. Owned by the National Trust it includes the ruins of a Gothic Mansion surrounded by delightful gardens, a lake and woodland.
The walk also passes Sheffield Park Station which now plays host to a shop, model railway, museum and the Bessemer Arms pub. Located at Fletching on the banks of the Ouse it is a must see for railway enthusiasts.
For wildlife lovers the delightful Offham Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest will be a major attraction. Its biological interest comes from its habitat of alluvial marshland, which supports large numbers of amphibians.
The walk also passes near the interesting county town of Lewes, while the final section along the seafront at Seaford is also particularly lovely.

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Sussex Ouse Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sussex Ouse Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Anchor Inn (pictured below) is a really delightful place to stop for refreshments on the route. Set on the west bank of the River Ouse, one of the most unspoilt parts of rural Sussex, four miles upstream from the county town of Lewes. The pub dates from 1790 and includes a lovely large garden with views of the river. It's an idyllic setting and the perfect place to rest your weary legs. You can find the pub at Anchor Lane, Barcombe with a postcode of BN8 5EA for your sat navs.

Photos

The "Anchor" on the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 1072089

The Anchor Pub, a riverside pub located on the trail just north of Barcombe Mills.

Motte and Bailey near Isfield Church

Motte and Bailey near Isfield Church

Piddinghoe on the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 1072555

Piddinghoe. The monument is the millennium memorial and has the name of the village in gold. On top is a golden fish.

Seabirds seen on the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 1072328

Seabirds seen on the trail. Taken near Rodmell looking towards the high ground behind Ranscombe Farm on the other side of the A27 and the River Ouse.

Bluebells by the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 1956030

Bluebells in Rotherfield Wood.

Slaugham Furnace Pond on the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 1072009

Slaugham Furnace Pond

Start of the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 841572

Start of the trail. Alongside the B2110 at Lower Beeding (West Sussex). It's 42 miles from here to the end of the walk at Seaford (East Sussex). Although the Sussex Ouse Valley Way lies inside the valley of the River Ouse it is not confined to the riverbank. This is because, for the most-part, there is no public right of way of any form that runs alongside the river.

Southease Bridge from the Sussex Ouse Valley Way - geograph.org.uk - 1072511

Southease Bridge