Tour of NT Saddlescombe Farm

This National Trust hidden gem on the South Downs is not usually open for visitors but we have been offered a guided tour by one of our members, who worked for the NT for many years.

Near Devil's Dyke in West Sussex, the hamlet is only five miles from the seaside city of Brighton.

Documented in the Domesday Book, this unique example of a Downland farm recounts what life was really like throughout 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. It is also a real hot spot for rare flora and fauna like the silver spotted skipper butterfly, burnt orchid and, juniper tree.

The north face of Newtimber Hill is home to truly ancient lime trees, bluebells galore, and the tallest native tree in Britain.

We will be meeting here for the tour at 1045 and then lunch at a nearby pub. There is the offer of a guided walk round Devils Dyke after lunch if requested.

Joining instructions will follow nearer the event.