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Eastbourne to Lewes & Glynde

Glynde Railway Station is easily accessible from Eastbourne and London stations and the starting point for the Walks near Lewes and Southease route that will lead you to the stunning views of Mount Caburn, a chalk hill and valley with flower rich grassland. This route will guide you through the beautiful South Downs countryside, from Glynde to the market town of Lewes (follow instructions at stage 6).

To refuel after your walk head to the high street to find Robson’s of Lewes a great coffee shop where you can enjoy locally sourced food and a well earned rest. Once you’re well rested head to the prestigious visual arts venue Hop Gallery.  Here you can be inspired by exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art, sculpture and installations set against the ancient brickwork and impressive beams of the old 18th century Star Brewery.

Not far from Hop Gallery lies the Needlemakers, a building rich in history where Broad’s candles were once made, and during World War 1 surgical needles were manufactured. In this red brick building are an array of quirky independent shop full of beautiful, original, well designed pieces. Here you’ll also find the atmospheric Needlemakers Café, a lovely place to stop for a cup of tea.

Next visit Lewes Castle, the thousand year old Normandy structure. Here you’ll find lots of fun family activities such as dressing up, trails and activity boxes (you can even download some of the activities before you come). You’ll also be able to climb to the top of the castle for stunning panoramic view across Sussex. At the adjoining Barbican House visit the Museum of Sussex Archaeology and mini cinema. Here you can learn more about the story of Lewes from prehistoric to medieval times.

Once you’ve finished exploring Lewes simply get on a train and head home or, if you’re feeling particularly energetic you can pick up the circular route again and walk on to Glynde (the local Trevor Arms pub can be found next to Glynde station should you want to stop for a drink or bite to eat before catching the train).

Attractions

Hop Gallery
Fisher Street, Lewes BN7 2DG
01273 487744

Needlemakers
West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ
01273 480950

Lewes Castle & Barbican House museum
Barbican House Museum, 169, High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YE
01273 486290

Food & Drink

Robson’s of Lewes
22A High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LN
01273 480654

Needlemakers Café
West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ
01273 480950

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