9. Juggs Road and across the A27

 

 

 

 

Juggs Road and across the A27

 

This is the big circle. It takes in portions of some of the other walks, the South Downs Way and both sides of the A27. There’s an alternative start and finish (waymark 19) at the prison.

Those with an OS map may notice an adjacent path with a notably shorter route towards the A27 on the way back. Unfortunately there may not be a right of way over the racehorse gallops between the two paths. There are some unofficial connections but I hesitate to write up a walk on that basis. Though I might mention one or two of them in case someone is in a hurry.

It’s 16 km, time = 4hours, ascent= 350m

Juggs Road is found at the top end of Southover High Street near the Swan Pub. Buses to Southover High St. or the prison. You can park in Juggs Road just beyond the bridge.

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Start in Juggs Road beyond the bridge and walk along the subsequent track to Kingston.

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Cross the road in Kingston and walk up Kingston Ridge past the letter box.

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At the crossroads of paths carry on straight ahead

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Subsequently take the right hand fork up the hill.

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Bear right onto the SDW, and keep right at the signpost ahead.

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Go through the gate and shortly after, turn right to stay with the South Downs way. Note the glimpse of the sea to your left. Follow the path downhill towards the wood.

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At the two gates just before the wood, go through the first gate and walk downhill with the wood on your left. Carry on down this path.

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At this junction of paths go through the gate, still following the SDW. Down the obvious path and after going under the railway turn left. Through the next gate and over the bridge to go over the A27. On the other side turn right and down. Walk along the footpath next to the old road eastwards (towards Lewes).

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Just beyond the road exit, turn left up the steps following the SDW sign. Carry on along the clear path, through the wood, turning right and then through fields.

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At the gate turn left following the South Downs Way sign. Walk up the hill.

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At two adjacent gates, after going through the first gate, turn right at an acute angle and walk along with the fence on your right.

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At the signpost at the point where the fence turns right. Turn left downhill

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Straight down find the path into the woods. Walk through the wood and down through the subsequent field.

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Through the gate at the bottom of the field. Turn to your right and then take the steep path through trees uphill. At the top follow the sign and turn left and walk along with the trees on your left.

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At the now defunct gate bear right uphill. After the next gate turn more sharply right to find another gate leading into a wood.

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Through this gate or over the stile and turn left for a short walk through the wood.

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At the end of the wood turn right onto the chalk lane. Walk along to pass the stables at the old Lewes Racing Pavillion. (Note that there is a path to the right across the gallops, just before the stables, carrying a warning but not exactly a prohibitive sign. This leads to a more direct path to waymark 21 by turning left and subsequently right and down at approx TQ 395 104.)

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After the stables take the bridleway straight ahead. and follow this path down towards Lewes.

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Towards the bottom, shortly after the point where the gallop on you right ends and with houses and a gate ahead, turn acutely right, away from this gate to go downhill. The prison wall and later houses will be on your left. Follow the path down. As an alternative here, especially for those who came by public transport or parked below Juggs Road, you can go straight on and finish the walk at the prison.

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Where the paths meet at a signpost and with an old barn glimpsed ahead, turn acutely left. Walk down to the road, which you should cross.

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Across the road take the lane ahead. A few paths meet around here. Walk under the railway, then uphill to walk over the A27.

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Over the road bridge go through the gate and turn left. Through the next gate and turn left again to the gate at the top of the hill and you will be back in Juggs Road.

 

 

Juggs Road used to be the main road between Brighton (Woodingdean) and Lewes due to intermittent flooding along the valley routes. It was passable by car until the 60s. It was so called because the wives of Brighton fishermen came this way on market day bringing fish in baskets known as Juggs and carried by donkeys.

The Swan Inn

at the junction of Juggs Road and Southover High Street is a popular local, serving good pub food.

 

  The windmill you walk past is recently built and I understand is for rent. Unusually it has six sails as did the original one at this site.

The Gallops

I understand thet the stables are rented by a number of different trainers each with their own portion of the gallops. Understandably walkers are discouraged from going across the gallops, if for no other reason than the dangers of being hit by a very fast and very large horse. An alternative route from waymark 14 is to walk up the faint path bearing ahead and slightly right. This goes up the hill to the South end of the wood you would otherwise enter at waymark 16 and there is a little used path up through the wood to reach waymark 16. Just into the wood at this point is a path going off right from where you will gain a view of the gallop!