Circular walk on the Downs near Brighton from Pyecombe on the A23. Once away from the road, the walk passes through woods and fine open downland, taking in Newtimber Hill, Saddlescombe Farm and the southern slopes of Devil’s Dyke. Saddlescombe Farm is a National Trust owned hidden hamlet in the Downs with 1000 years of history. Pop by the seasonal Hiker’s Rest on the farm for tea and cake, before moving on back to Pyecombe, where you can enjoy a pint and a Pizza in the Plough.
variety of walking routes to choose from – about 5 miles from Patcham to Jack and Jill windmills and back
some steep climbs on some of the walks
pub and tea rooms in Patcham. Pub at Pyecombe.
accessible by bus
The first of these leaflets is Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series and details walking options for exploring the Downs north of Brighton, including the Chattri – a downland memorial for Indian soldiers who died in the first world war, and the iconic Jack and Jill windmills sitting high on the downs above the village of Clayton. You can start walks from Patcham on the northern edge of Brighton, Ditchling Road on the way to Ditchling Beacon or the downland village of Pyecombe.
The South Downs National Park leaflet details a 3.75m walk from Patcham, and also includes a walk in nearby Stanmer Park.