A short walk around a shallow, dry valley with both woodland and open scenery and splendid views. There is a climb of 150m or so. Length is 3.5 miles and it will take you about an hour and a half.
Start near the prison at the junction of Spital Road and Neville Road, (A277) BN7 1PA. There is some metered parking nearby and the 121, 125, 128, 166, 824 buses all stop here (Gallop Rd stop). The 28 from Brighton stops nearby at the prison.
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Spital Road carries on above the A275 as a Lane. Go up here with the prison wall on your left and carry on up its continuation as a footpath.
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Take the left
hand fork and then fork immediately left again, keeping the houses hard on your left. The path starts to go downhill.
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As you reach the bottom by a dilapidated farm building the path bears left then
you turn right onto a lane to carry on in the same direction.
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Walk uphill, following the sign and keep the fence on your right and an open field on your left. The footpath soon enters some woodland.
Carry on up through the wood.
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the wood and then turn right to walk along with the wood now on your right.
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As you leave the wood, carry on with the hedge and gallop on your left. Follow the path all the way round the head of the
shallow valley and along the other side in a large inverted U, eventually passing the racehorse stables. There are great views of the Downs and of the sea at Newhaven. There’s also a newly built windmill. Keep on this path as it curves downwards.
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At the T junction turn left to retrace your steps to the start.
Lewes prison is for male inmates and is a victorian-built institution. Past inmates include
Finnish and Napoleonic prisioners
of war and perpetrators of the Irish Easter rebellion including
Eamon De Valera.
Here's a blog Lewes Prision from a visitor.
Hedgelaying As you go up the hill you may notice that the hedges have been properly laid. This was done by the South Downs National Park.Volunteer
Rangers of which I am one.Hedger