Superb chalk grassland and scrub with many typical and rare flowers and butterflies, all within easy walking distance of Lewes town centre
The car park at Mill Road is closed for refurbishment until 9th February and the lay-by is also shut.
Stand almost anywhere in Lewes and Malling Down dominates the view to the east, its chalk hills towering up and overlooking the town. It really is worth the challenging climb to the top, if only for the view that takes in the town, the wet meadows surrounding the River Ouse, the South Downs stretching away, or the expanse of the Low Weald farmland. In summer however, there are a thousand things to command the attention.
Public transport information
Traveline 0870 6082608
Nearby Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves
This reserve is easily reached on foot from Lewes town centre – head east and there is a small entrance in Wheatsheaf Gardens opposite the petrol station, but there is no room to park cars here. Other access points are possible from Mill Road or the lay-by on the Ringmer Road. As there is grazing at different times of the year, there are fences, gates and stiles, and some paths are very steep. The gentlest route to the top is to approach from Mill Road.
Lewes-Ringmer Cycle Path Extention
East Sussex County Council made a start on a long-awaited extension to the Lewes-Ringmer cycle path at the beginning of October, and in the process will complete a key link between these two settlements. The Trust has supported this project throughout and, for example, has made some of its land available to enable construction to go ahead.
We expect construction to run until late January, during which time regrettably, the lay-by at the northern end of the reserve will be closed off. There is still access on foot through this point, but no space for cars. Once the project is completed, the lay-by will be re-surfaced and re-opened for use.
If you have any queries about the project, please contact Alan Cook at East Sussex County Council.
What you can see
Chalk grassland flowers. Many butterflies such as adonis, common and chalkhill blue. Fabulous views, peace and tranquillity.
Ray Mears visits Malling Down in search of the Adonis blue