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A Compendium of Sussex Walks

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Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill Walks

Saddlescombe Farm

Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill

Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill and Newtimber Hill Butterfly Walk (both National Trust)

  • choice of short 1.5 mile walk (1 hour) or longer Butterfly Walk, 3 miles
  • Start and end of walk can be muddy in winter.
  • Short, steep ascent to begin but then gently undulating, grassy terrain
  • Hikers Rest at Saddlescombe Farm
  • Royal Oak in Poynings (short detour on Butterfly Walk)
  • accessible by bus

buscup of tea

These walks can both start from Saddlescombe Farm, an almost hidden hamlet sitting at the base of the Downs which is owned by the National Trust along with the surrounding countryside. Listed as a working farm since the Domesday Book and having belonged to the Knights Templar for around 100 years  – there are plenty of historic buildings to explore.

Both walks give you a chance to walk up to Newtimber Hill and explore the downs above the farm, which is some of the best for butterflies and flowers on the South Downs, with Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillary and silver-spotted skipper. It’s also good for orchids.

 

Pyecombe Circular

Saddlescombe Farm

Saddlescombe Farm

Pyecombe Circular

  • 7 miles, 3 and a half hours
  • steep climbs and slopes
  • pub at Pyecombe,  tea rooms at Saddlescombe Farm
  • accessible by bus

buscup of tea

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.