Saddlescombe Farm has rough, uneven tracks but is suitable for most wheelchairs, buggies, and pushchairs. Newtimber Hill has steep paths and stiles. One accessible toilet for café. Dogs on leads welcome.
Signposted 2 miles north of A27 Brighton ring road and 1 mile south of A281
Parking: No car parking on the farm. Car parks at Summerdown (BN45 7FH) and Devil's Dyke (BN1 8YJ) 1/4 of a mile and 1 1/2 miles away via the South Downs Way.
Sat Nav: Easting 527109,Northing 111417 Postcode BN45 7DE
Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill lie on the South Downs Way, a 100-mile long National Trail that crosses the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs from Winchester to Eastbourne
Brighton train station and Hassocks train station, both 5 miles. A train ticket gets you a '2-for-1' offer on adult single and return tickets, or a 1/3 off the standard single adult price, on the service 77 bus to Devil's Dyke. Just show the bus driver your valid train ticket
Seven days a week in summer, the 77 bus service travels up to Devil's Dyke from the centre of Brighton, passing the pier and train station. From the bus stop it is a gentle walk (about twenty minutes) to Saddlescombe along the South Downs Way. Each paying adult can take two children free on the 77 bus. A bus leaflet called 'Breeze up to the Dyke' is available. For more info, check Brighton Council
The South Downs Way is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail passes through Saddlescombe and Newtimber, with some steep, but rewarding climbs along the way. A section of National Cycle Network Route 20 runs along the border of Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill to Brighton
A hidden gem on the South Downs Way and countryside with ancient woodland, chalk grassland and views of the sea and across the Weald.
With the South Downs Way footpath, ancient woodland and a working farm, there’s plenty to see and do at Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill. Visit the donkey wheel or information barn for a flavour of life here.
The surrounding landscape of Saddlescombe Farm is rich in variety and diversity. From chalk grassland and rare chalk heath to ancient woodland and dew ponds, it supports a varied mix of wildlife.
Wolstonbury Hill stands proud as a gateway to Brighton. A hill with layers of human memories and an important chalk grassland area supporting a wide variety of wild orchids.
Fresh air, spectacular views and an ancient landscape will accompany you along this scenic downland walk near Devil's Dyke.
A 3-mile walk on the South Downs, where you can see wild flowers and butterflies, including the Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark green fritillary and silver-spotted skipper, in summer.
Newtimber Hill is Sussex countryside at its finest with ancient woodland, chalk grassland and long reaching views of the sea and across the Weald. 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. A 1,000 year old lime tree and bluebells galore hide in the woodland.
Saddlescombe 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.
It has seen hundreds of years of occupation since it was first recorded in the Domesday Book and once home to the Kinghts Templar. The oldest part of the present day farmhouse dates from around 1630. Tucked amongst the outbuildings you will find an incrediblly well preserved example of a donkey wheel. These were used to raise water from a well 50m below the farm.
Today Saddlescombe is a working farm hamlet so some areas are closed to the public. You are still welcome to visit the donkey wheel and spacious information barn at any time of the year. Both are signposted from the South Downs national trail which runs through the farm.
Evidence of human settlement, dating back to the Mesolithic and Bronze Ages, has been found here. Its many owners include the Knights Templar and generations of farming families.
The South Downs have been a place to live, work and play for thousands of years. Together we can make sure they will be enjoyed for thousands more. Learn how the projects of the Changing Chalk partnership, led by the National Trust, are restoring lost habitats, bringing histories to life, and providing new outdoor experiences across the eastern South Downs, and discover how you can get involved.