Glynde, Mount Caburn & Lewes  (PDF, South Downs National Park)

Mount Caburn

  • 6.5 miles, 10.4k circular walk between Lewes and Glynde
  • hilly, some stiles
  • Trevor Arms in Glynde (but has been closed for some time) as of June 2018),  plenty of pubs and cafes in Lewes if you take a short detour into the town – the Snowdrop  and Dorset are just off the route.  Little Cottage Tea Rooms  in Glynde (limited opening).
  • starts and end at Glynde train station
  • shorter one way walk between Glynde and Lewes Stations, or vice versa, would be an option

traincup of tea

Starting at Glynde Station, this walk takes you up to the Downs with wonderful views over the Ouse Valley from the great mound and hill fort of Mount Caburn (watch out for paragliders). Heading down towards Lewes there are panoramic views to enjoy over the town and its castle.  Take a detour into this attractive town if you have time. Returning from Lewes, you pass an old quarry with views of Glyndebourne Opera House, before heading past the Elizabethan Glynde Place and the Grade II listed Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin at Glynde (pictured below) near the end of the walk. The Church was built in the 1760s by Richard Trevor, bishop of Durham, whose family seat was the adjacent Glynde Place. Its designer, Sir Thomas Robinson had visited Italy and was enthusiastic about Renaissance architecture: the church is built in Palladian style.

St Mary's Church, Glynde