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A hidden hamlet nestled in the downs

Saddlescombe farm is a hidden gem on the South Downs Way.

Near Devil's Dyke in West Sussex, the hamlet is only five miles from the seaside city of Brighton.

Documented in the Domesday Book, this unique example of a Downland farm recounts what life was really like throughout the last 1,000 years. Intriguingly, it was, even once home to the Knights Templar.

Newtimber Hill, one of the finest examples of chalk grassland in the country, borders the farm and offers walks with superb views of the sea and the South Downs. In early autumn, the hill is covered in a purple blanket of Devil's bit scabious. It is also a real hot spot for rare flora and fauna like the silver spotted skipper butterfly, burnt orchid and juniper tree.

The north face of Newtimber Hill is home to woodland which has stood the test of time for thousands of years. Here you can discover truly ancient lime trees, bluebells galore and beech trees with graffiti dating back to 1880.

The Hiker's Rest tea-room at Saddlescombe, provides the perfect spot to re-energise and reflect after an invigorating walk.

Join our education volunteer team

We've exciting plans afoot to develop an environmental education centre at Saddlescombe, which will include turning a Victorian barn into a classroom. We're looking for volunteers this year to help realise this dream.

Take a Great British Walk with us

Located on the South Downs Way, and just five miles from Brighton, Saddlescombe is a great place to start one of our downloadable walks. The Hiker's Rest cafe can refresh you afterwards.

What's on at Saddlescombe Farm

Find out more about events, family fun and things to do at this beautiful downland spot, and ways to enjoy this secluded spot throughout the year.

Take an aerial flight around Saddlescombe

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly like a bird across one of the finest stretches of countryside in the South?

Now you can by watching this superb film - a totally different view of the South Downs awaits you.

Watch the video in full screen mode