Balcombe Viaduct

Balcombe & Ardingly Reservoir (Walking Britain)

  • easy to moderate walking, a number of stiles
  • 8.5m, 13.8k
  • starts at Balcombe train station  on Brighton-London line
  • Half Moon Inn at Balcombe (mid Sussex Times Pub of the Year 2014) and Balcombe Tea Rooms
  • cafe at Ardingly Reservoir Activity Centre with small range of snacks

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This is a classic but mixed rural Sussex countryside walk taking in views across the Sussex Weald, the impressive Balcombe Ouse Valley Viaduct and the wide expanse of water at Ardingly Reservoir.

Built in 1841, the Ouse Valley Viaduct (also called Balcombe Viaduct) over the River Ouse on the London-Brighton Railway Line  is 1,475 feet (450 m) long. The viaduct was opened in July 1841. The 11 million bricks needed for its construction travelled up the Ouse River from the Netherlands.

The more adventurous can also enjoy some watersports at the Ardingly Activity Centre.

For more details about walking at the Reservoir , see the Ardingly Reservoir Walk and the Kingfisher Trail.