Saddlescombe is a working farm so some areas are not open to the public, however we do hold special Open Days for tours and talks. If you can't make one of those, you can pre-arrange a guided tour of the farm with us as a group. You are still more than welcome to visit the Donkey Wheel and our spacious Information Barn at any time of year as they are on the South Downs Way.
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. The open downland is home to many specialist plants and insects and rarely seen views of the downs.
From a quiet stroll to a two-hour trek, the downs around Saddlescombe are a walker's delight. The summit of Newtimber Hill reveals rarely seen views of the famous Dyke Valley, while the ancient woodland offers a maze of paths to explore.
The South Downs Way
, which passes through Saddlescombe and Newtimber, is popular with experienced cyclists. The trail offers steep but rewarding climbs. Nearby Newtimber Woods suits the more intrepid cyclist, whereas the Sussex Border Path provides a more gentle option.
- 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