This year’s Heritage Open Days weekend in September includes 7 self-guided walks around Lewes and its surrounding area. These allow visitors to explore the historic, architectural and environmental aspects of Lewes at their own pace, and because they are self-guided, the walks can be taken at any time of year.
All walk leaflets are available from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre, and several can be downloaded using the links below.
The seven walks leaflets are:
Lewes Local Architects Walk This walk, through the Pells and the Wallands, takes in buildings by local architects from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Samuel Denman and Rowland Halls, together with more modern houses by practices such as John Schwerdt and BBM.
Lewes Town Nature Walk This is packed with information on the trees and flowers you can see as you walk around the town at any time of the year.
Lewes High Street Walk This stroll along the High Street between Cliffe Bridge and the bottle-neck to the west will let you admire the varied architecture and its historical associations, while enjoying some of the many independent shops along the route.
Lewes Public Art Trail This trail includes artworks of various kinds, many connected with the history of Lewes town and is accompanied by a map that highlights 13 works and 7 other notable features.
Priory History Trail Circular walk from the town centre through the Priory Park visiting some of the historic sites and artefacts associated with Lewes Priory. Leaflet available free from the Tourist Information Centre.
Battlefield Walk A walk on the Downs on the site of the Battle of Lewes (1264) with views over the town; and a shorter walk from the Castle to the Priory. Leaflet available free from the Tourist Information Centre.
The Tom Paine Trail Tom Paine lived in Lewes between 1768 and 1774 and this walk takes you to many of the buildings around Lewes High Street which he frequented, or with which he had a connection. Leaflet available free from the Tourist Information Centre.