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Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington

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South Downs National Park

Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Eastbourne, East Sussex, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 547 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

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There may be more spectacular views in southern England, than can be seen from this circular walk in East Sussex, but probably not many. Running along the furthest eastern edge of the South Downs, from Butts Brow car park to Jevington and back, this route is glorious in fine weather. (If the weather is poor, however, it is probably best left to masochists.) As well as the views, this walk offers the delightful village of Jevington (with its flint cottages and being the birthplace of Banoffee Pie), typically rolling downs scenery and the fact that, because Butts Brow is one of the few places where a road makes it to the top, you only have to slog up one big climb. Most of the walk is on down grassland, with about a mile being on a chalk track, and a small stretch on tarmac, through the village of Jevington. There is one big climb out of Jevington, back to the top of the downs. This is not steep but the gradient is unrelenting. You will be puffing at the top. There are two stiles on the walk, both of which have dog gates. On the outward leg there are both cattle and sheep, but these have seen many, many dogs and so as long as you can control yours, there should be no problem. You should allow around 1.5 hours for the walk, plus extra view-admiring time.

Butts Brow car park is situated at the top of Butts Lane, which ascends from Willingdon village, nearly 3 miles to the north of Eastbourne; head for BN20 9HL. Note that the lane is steep and, in places, narrow. The car park is Pay and Display, with the charges being £1 per hour (correct Apr 2017). Willingdon Road is served by Eastbourne Town bus routes 1, 51, 54 and 98, operated by Stagecoach. The bottom of Butts Lane is served by the 125 Downsman bus, operated by Compass, four times a day (not Sunday). However note that arriving by bus will require you to either walk up Butts Lane or hitch a lift.

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Know Martin
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Hiking

beautiful scenery but not good on a hot day. AllTrails seem to get all distances wrong as this is over 2km more than states...

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Kevin Powell
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Hiking

pleasant walk the views made it

pathasell@ Hasell
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Hiking

This was a lovely walk. Clear directions made it easy to follow. Lots of photo opportunities along the way as the views were excellent. The pub was well placed for a mid-walk lunch. The church was also worth a visit: beautiful ancient building with lots of character. The tea-room wasn’t open on the day of our walk but it would have been a good alternative to the pub. The uphill section was fine if punctuated by occasional pauses. The advice to take the right hand path at the end was good. It rewarded us with the final superb views. For us, the right length of walk, it was most enjoyable.

Sophie Blau
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Loved this walk. Dog friendly pub halfway round which was perfect timing, and the ascent is longer rather than steeper (if that makes sense?!). Absolutely breathtaking views and directions spot on. Thank you!

Tim Bailey
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Bel Asnva
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Mark Stacey
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Joanna Kmiec
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Jet van Zalen
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Carl Stanger
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Stuart Kerr
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Rich Reynolds
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Rich Reynolds
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Malcolm Bettles
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