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Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington

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Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington
Author: Steve Hallam, Published: 09 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide star1 Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide star1 Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide star1 Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide star1 Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide
East Sussex, Eastbourne
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide boot Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide boot Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington Walking Guide
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There may be more spectacular views in southern England, than can be seen from this 3 mile circular walk in East Sussex, but probably not many. Running along the furthest eastern edge of the South Downs, from Butts Brow car park to Jevington and back, this route is glorious in fine weather. (If the weather is poor, however, it is probably best left to masochists.) As well as the views, this walk offers the delightful village of Jevington (with its flint cottages and being the birthplace of Banoffee Pie), typically rolling downs scenery – and the fact that, because Butts Brow is one of the few places where a road makes it to the top, you only have to slog up one big climb.

Most of the walk is on down grassland, with about a mile being on a chalk track, and a 400 metre stretch on tarmac, though the village of Jevington. There is one big climb out of Jevington, back to the top of the downs. This is not steep but the gradient is unrelenting. You will be puffing at the top. There are two stiles on the walk, both of which have dog gates. On the outward leg there are both cattle and sheep, but these have seen many, many dogs – and so as long as you can control yours, there should be no problem. You should allow around 1.5 hours for the walk, plus extra view-admiring time.

Butts Brow car park is situated at the top of Butts Lane, which ascends from Willingdon village, nearly 3 miles to the north of Eastbourne; head for BN20 9HL. Note that the lane is steep and, in places, narrow. The car park is Pay and Display, with the charges being £1 per hour (correct Apr 2017). Willingdon Road is served by Eastbourne Town bus routes 1, 51, 54 and 98, operated by Stagecoach. The bottom of Butts Lane is served by the 125 Downsman bus, operated by Compass, four times a day (not Sunday). However note that arriving by bus will require you to either walk up Butts Lane or hitch a lift.

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Walk Sections

Start to Jevington Church
Start to Jevington Church

Start point: 50.7935 lat, 0.24 long
End point: 50.7919 lat, 0.2139 long

Leave the Butts Brow car park, heading north, through a wooden kissing gate near the car park entrance. Walk along the brow of the ridge, heading towards a prominent patch of scrubby bushes. You can pass to either the left or right of these bushes – the left is marginally shorter, but the right provides better views. From the bushes, the ridge narrows and dips slightly. From the dip, keep right and head for the highest ground in front of you. The navigation principle here is ‘keep climbing’ – always head for the highest ground you can see. So ignore a path that runs off right, but starts to slope downwards. Your route will pass two barrows (I presume they are barrows – they are obviously man-made humps).

When you run out of any more ground to climb, the path dips down towards a gap between two clumps of Gorse. In this gap you will find a stile with a dog gate. After crossing this, a path leads on across a grass field. A second stile and dog gate leads into a gradually narrowing grass field. As you pass through a narrow space, with scrubby trees on either side, you will see that the path splits. Take the right fork. This leads through a wooden kissing gate, and then onto a fenced path. Follow this path down the hill, all the way to the one road of Jevington village, arriving by the pub.

Jevington is well worth exploring, but our route crosses the road and turns left. After a few yards the pavement diverges from the narrowing road, rightwards. Follow the tarmac path through an unusual pivoting wooden gate into, and across, the graveyard to the church.

Jevington Church to Track Crossroads
Jevington Church to Track Crossroads

Start point: 50.7919 lat, 0.2139 long
End point: 50.787 lat, 0.2347 long

Turn left in front of the church to walk down its access lane, shown in the image. Follow this to the ‘main’ road, which you re-join opposite a restaurant that claims to be the birthplace of Banoffee Pie. A plaque on the wall explains all.

Turn right to walk down the road for a few yards. Take care – the road is narrow just here and not all drivers take the level of care that they should. Cross the road to walk up (the rather optimistically named) Eastbourne Lane. Follow this lane all the way to the top of the downs. Should you carry an inflatable Quad Bike in your rucksack, this would be an excellent place to deploy it. At the top of the track, you will see a four-way footpath sign on a post, and a clear crossroads comprised of two chalk tracks.

Track Crossroads to End
Track Crossroads to End

Start point: 50.787 lat, 0.2347 long
End point: 50.7936 lat, 0.2402 long

Turn left at this junction and walk along the chalky track. In the distance, and below you, you will see the car park from which you started the walk. This track leads back to the car park. However, I prefer to drift to the right of the track, where a grassy path leads through some areas of scrubby bushes. The seaward views are better, and there is more chance of hearing a warbler or other songbird in the bushes.

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1 comments for "Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington"

Good walk, fantastic views. opened up lots of new walks for me with free parking in Jevington.

By JohnSuxxes on 24 Feb 2018

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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A view to the north from the top of Butts Brow
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A view to the north east from the top of Butts Brow
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Another view to the north from the top of Butts Brow
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Part of Jevington, nestling in a fold in the downs.
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Rolling downland above Jevington village
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More rolling downland above Jevington
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Eastbourne lane, Jevington

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