A map and guide to car-free travel from Lewes, funded by the South Downs National Park.
In 2016 I researched, devised and wrote this guide to ways of visiting places near Lewes, East Sussex, without a car, for the Lewes Town Partnership. This was a project answering the needs of Lewes Tourist Information Centre, with whom I worked closely. The South Downs National Park provided 75% funding, with the remainder coming from the Lewes Town Partnership, and payment in kind from other sources. The print run was 10,000; the leaflet is available for free from local tourist information offices and other places, and can be downloaded from Lewes District Council's Stay Lewes website
The aim of the leaflet is to encourage visitors to make longer and repeat visits to Lewes and area, and for residents and visitors to explore the South Downs National Park without a car. It also intends to promote walking, cycling and understanding of the National Park.
The map shows bus and train routes, as well as recommended walks and designated cycle paths and locations of pubs and tea rooms. The walks tie in with points reachable by public transport from Lewes, such as:
- Virginia and Leonard Woolf's house at Rodmell, reached by train or bus, and with walks to and from it over the South Downs and along the River Ouse.
- Glynde, Firle, Charleston and Berwick Church: using the train or bus to reach each place, with a walk route linking them all as an alternative means of getting there or back.
- The Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley, with train or bus, and walks to Bishopstone Church, the Tide Mills and Alfriston.
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