Southease Church

Southease Walk (PDF, South Downs National Park)

  • 5.5 miles, 8.8k (up to 4 hours) circular walk around Southease and Rodmell, and up to the South Downs
  • shortcut walk option of 3.5 miles, 6km, missing out walk up to the Downs
  • mostly flat, one steep hill, several gates
  • Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell
  • Visit Monk’s House, the home of Virginia Woolf
  • shorter one way walk between Glynde and Lewes Stations, or vice versa, would be an option

traincup of teahistoric attraction

Starting from Sussex’s least likely train station, Southease (surrounded by fields and the Downs so it’s great for walkers!), this walk takes you over a swing bridge on the River Ouse, and then along the river through Lewes Brooks and on to the village of Rodmell.

Virginia Woolf lived at Monk’s House in Rodmell, a tranquil 17th-century weatherboarded cottage inhabited by Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonards death in 1969, and now owned by the National Trust. Virginia drowned herself in the River Ouse on 28 March 1941.

From Rodmell, it’s a climb up to the Downs and onto the South Downs Way with panoramic views over the Ouse valley, before a descent to Southease, a small hamlet of mainly 17th century cottages, some thatched,  with a population of about 30. You’ll pass its small Saxon church, an unusual church which has one of only three round towers in Sussex, all of which are located in the Ouse Valley and all three built in the first half of the 12th century.

It’s a short walk back to isolated Southease station.