Things to see and do at Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill
Saddlescombe is an ancient farm hamlet nestled in the South Downs. 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. Surrounded by chalk grassland and ancient woodland there is plenty to explore at any time of year.
Things to do at Newtimber Hill
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.
Things to do at Saddlescombe Farm
Today, Saddlescombe is a working farm, so some areas are not open to the public. You are welcome to visit the donkey wheel and information barn at any time of year. Both are signposted from the South Downs Way, which runs through the farm. If you wish to see more, two open days are held each year.
Walking on Newtimber Hill
The South Downs Way is very popular and is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It passes through Saddlescombe and Newtimber with some steep but rewarding climbs along the way. The Sussex Border Path nearby provides a gentler option.
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.
- 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.
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 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.
Find out about bringing your dog to the South Downs. Explore the beautiful landscape together, from cliff-tops and beaches to ancient downland.