Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill
Saddlescombe is an ancient farm hamlet nestling in the South Downs. It has seen hundreds of years of occupation since its first listing in the Domesday Book. The oldest part of the present-day farmhouse dates from around 1630 but most of the current farm buildings are Victorian. Here you will find a well-preserved donkey wheel which was used to raise water from the well.
Nowadays Saddlescombe is a working farm so some areas are not open to the public. You are still more than welcome to visit the donkey wheel and our spacious information barn at any time of year. You will find both signposted from the South Downs Way which runs through the farm. If you wish to see more we hold two open days each year for tours and talks. If you can't make one of those you can arrange a guided tour of the farm with us as a group.
Newtimber Hill is Sussex countryside at its finest. Ancient woodland, pristine grassland and unsurpassed views make a visit here a real pleasure. A 1,000-year-old lime tree and bluebells galore hide in the woodland and the open chalk downland is home to many specialist plants and insects.
Enjoy a quiet stroll or a two-hour trek here; the Downs around Saddlescombe are a walker's delight. The summit of Newtimber Hill reveals rarely-seen views of the famous Dyke Valley and the ancient woodland offers a maze of paths to explore.
- our audio recordings, downloadable from the Information Barn
- a walk through Newtimber's ancient woodland
- a circular walk to Devil's Dyke and back
- Newtimber in autumn when the hill is purple with devil's-bit scabious
How to get here
Address: Saddlescombe Road, near Brighton, West Sussex, BN45 7DE
Easting 527109, Northing 111417.
There is an informal car park opposite the farm entrance but no parking on the farm. Please do not block the farm entrance: large vehicles may require access at any time.
The South Downs Way is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and passes through Saddlescombe and Newtimber with some steep but rewarding climbs along the way. The Sussex Border Path nearby provides a gentler option.
A section of the National Cycle Network Route 20 runs along the east side of Newtimber Hill to Brighton.
Bus service 77 runs up to to Devil's Dyke from Brighton. From there you can take a leisurely stroll to Saddlescombe Farm. Please Refer to Brighton & Hove buses website for timetable and note that there are seasonal changes.
Facilities at Saddlescombe Farm are provided on a seasonal basis. When The Wildflour Café (not National Trust) is open the toilets in one of the farm buildings will be open. See the Wildflour Cafe website for opening times.
There are public houses nearby (not National Trust): ‘The Jack & Jill’ at Clayton, ‘The Royal Oak’ at Poynings and ‘The Plough’ at Pycombe as well as a another café (not National Trust) on the east side of Newtimber Hill at Wayfield Park Farm.