Stage 4: Lewes to Seaford — Sussex Ouse Valley Way
Kit P planned a hike.
September 25, 2021
This final stage of the Sussex Ouse Valley Way has two small hills and is otherwise completely flat. There are several wonderful viewpoints of the surrounding, rolling landscapes and plenty of blissful, riverside walking with levels peeling out either side. You finish up on the beach at Seaford, looking out across the English Channel as the Ouse merges with the sea.
Begin in Cliffe, in the east of Lewes and take the riverside trail along the west bank. Almost immediately, you’re out on the levels, with hills rising in the distance, as you cut through the South Downs National Park. You leave the river briefly, hiking across the pancake-flat fields to the village of Rodmell, where you can visit Virginia Woolf’s beautiful house where she resided until her death in 1941.
After Rodmell, you return to the riverbank and Ouse Valley, more marked now as the valley narrows. Hike up the hill above Piddinghoe to see the river meander southwards, a stunning vista in clear weather. Descend and rejoin it, significantly tidal now, heading into Newhaven.
Cross to pass the train station and walk south to Mill Creek, then south east to the beach at Seaford. A long strip of shingle with brightly painted beach huts, this is a fantastic place to take off your hiking boots and ease your feet in the sea. Seaford has lots of cafes and restaurants, as well as accommodation options. When you’re ready, simply catch a train to leave the route, and say goodbye to the Ouse.
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