Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill (NT)



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Saddlescombe Farm is a hidden gem on the South Downs Way. Near Devil's Dyke in West Sussex, the hamlet is only five miles from Brighton. Documented in the Domesday Book, this unique example of a Downland farm recounts what life was like through the last 1,000 years. Intriguingly, it was, even once home to the Knights Templar. Newtimber Hill, one of the finest examples of chalk grassland in the country, borders the farm and offers walks with superb views of the sea and the South Downs. In early autumn, the hill is covered in a purple blanket of Devil's bit scabious, and is a great place to discover other rare flora and fauna, like the silver spotted skipper butterfly, burnt orchid, and juniper tree. The north face of Newtimber Hill is home to woodland which has been here for thousands of years.

Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill (NT)
Saddlescombe Road, BRIGHTON, BN45 7DE


About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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