Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills

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Lewes, East Sussex, England

Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Lewes, East Sussex, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length5.2 miElevation gain403 ftRoute typeLoop
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A circular walk from the village of Barcombe Cross in East Sussex. The route is across fields and along quiet country lanes, following the River Ouse to Barcombe Mills and visiting the three villages of Barcombe. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration with East Sussex County Council. The terrain is fairly easy and the paths take you across crop fields, grass pastures and meadows. You may be sharing some of the pastures with livestock. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, gates, footbridges, steps and 18 stiles. Some of the stiles are wooden squeeze stiles which should be easy for most dogs to hop through, but some are traditional fence stiles which dogs may need a lift over (see photo gallery for stile example photos). There are a few short sections of road walking. Allow 2.5 hours.

Barcombe Cross is located about 5 miles north of Lewes in East Sussex. NOTE: The full village name of Barcombe Cross appears on maps, but the village is known as simply Barcombe on local signage. There is another smaller and older settlement with the same name one mile further south, so make sure you head for the larger village centre to the north. The walk starts and finishes from the Barcombe Cross High Street, outside the village stores and post office. The village car park (with height restriction barrier) is directly alongside this. Approximate post code BN8 5DH.

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Stephen Manning
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Ryan Elliott
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Lee Anderson
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Justin Penn
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john mitchell
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Great route with a mix of open countryside, river walks & woods. Map & directions were excellent.

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sam meffan
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Damian Świstowski
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Chris Shaw
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Absolutely beautiful walk with such great views

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Chris Russell
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Lol Johnson
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Nice, easy trail with some good vantage points. Had planned a swim at Barcombe Mills, but the water waan’t as inviting as hoped. Still, a nice spot for a picnic and chill.

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Janet Baker
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Great walk - good for dogs as plenty of times they can be off the lead. Fairly easy to stay on track. Take your swim wear as it’s lovely for a good river swim.

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beth hickson
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Lovely walk with clear instructions although I had to double check some bits on the map. There is some beautiful scenery and interesting buildings along the way. Especially good if you have a dog as it was mostly crop fields so no navigating through fields of cows with an overexcited dog! I had her off the lead most of the way so she loved it. Any roads that you have to go on are quiet as well. Would highly reccomend the walk and the app generally.

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Jo Sto
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A great walk with varying scenery. A lot of stiles!

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Tanya Daly
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I loved this walk, lots of variety, very pretty. don't shortcut towards the end, you'll miss some lovely views. Go through the church to get some pretty views. I am not sure about the gate design, if you were overweight, not sure how you're supposed to get through, its a very narrow gap, we just squeezed through :-/ one of my faves walks. There is parking on the road on the trail route

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allison Murray
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highly recommend just enough free running space for dogs

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Matt de B
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Really nice walk, well signposted with easy to follow directions... we did it on a sunny June evening with our dog, and the countryside is beautiful and varied throughout, especially the walk along the river. Easy terrain so would be suitable for most abilities & a few stiles which are easy to navigate. Parked in the high street car park next to the village stores as suggested on here.

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Hannah May
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Really lovely walk! Definitely dog friendly. I would say there were only around 4/5 stiles that our lab couldn’t navigate himself so just be mindful of that if you’ve got a big dog. Managed the walk in around 2 and a half hours at 8 months pregnant without too much issue, but definitely worked up an appetite for lunch by the end. Some interesting things to see along the way, beautiful flowers, world war 2 pill box, a 5* bug hotel and lovely river side spots for a picnic (we’ll definitely do that next time). Instructions were super clear to us. Would definitely recommend. Disclaimer - my phone ran out of battery and therefore the recording of our walk cut out 8km in. We didn’t cheat and cut the walk short

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Ghandi E C
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Good run although not straightforward the first time you do it.

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Cathy Dart
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We have now navigated this walk twice. First time made a couple of wrong turnings but second time surprised ourselves with how smooth the walk was. If you like wild water swimming, bring your swimming costume. Pip the dog loved it both times.

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Maria Allgood
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Lovely walk in the Sussex countryside. Beautiful views of the South Downs as well as following the River Ouse through fields and villages. I would recommend this dog friendly walk. There is free parking next to the Village shop in Barcombe Cross. The directions are clear and accurate. Really enjoyed this walk.

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Mercy McLachlan
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Reece Massen
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Alastair Lockie
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Megan Rumble
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Russell Boult
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Rachael Bush
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Neeka Hawkins
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Peter Andrews
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James Rowland
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Louise Pope
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