The Parish boundary

Barcombe Parish is largely bordered by the Cooksbridge -Town Littleworth road to the west, and by the River Ouse to the east. The north and south boundaries wander along tracks and field edges.

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Old maps

Looking back in time, historic maps let you chart the development of the village or perhaps the site of your home. A fine starting point is the Barcombe and Hamsey project. For the wider area, try the zoomable maps from 1875 onward at

Conservation Areas, Planning boundary

Barcombe Cross has an assigned Planning Boundary plus one Conservation Area, while Barcombe (the area around St Mary's Church) has its own Conservation Area. Here are the maps current in November 2014. Each opens in a new tab.

Barcombe Cross Planning Boundary

Barcombe Cross Conservation Area

Barcombe Conservation Area


Barcombe has more footpaths than you can shake a walking stick at. Perhaps the best way to see what's out there — without actually stirring from your chair — is to use the County Council's excellent zoomable map: not only does this show every footpath and bridleway, but also lets you switch between map view and aerial view. The latter is very handy to put paths in context. Permissive paths are not shown: please see below for a definition.

If you prefer your information on paper, Barcombe Stores offers a large-scale OS-based parish map. Better still, it also stocks a very useful booklet of circular walks published by the Footpaths Society. This has both maps and turn-by-turn directions. Traditionalist may prefer an Ordnance Survey map, available from the OS website or from Lewes Library.

Barcombe and the Right to Roam


The Countryside and Rights of Way Act defines 'access land'. This is an area where we (the public), with certain restrictions and responsibilities, are allowed to visit, or have the 'right to roam'.

The nearest access land is on the Downs to either side of Lewes and in North Chailey. Areas are marked on a modern OS map, or can be viewed here.

So: Barcombe and its surroundings has NO access land - but does have many footpaths, some bridleways and at least one permissive path, all of which are for public use. Even on these there are some restrictions: the Rambler's Association has basic information on Rights of Way, which is very well worth reading.

Walking anywhere other than on footpaths or bridleways — ie across fields, along tracks and particularly around temptingly-wide field margins — is irresponsible, possible dangerous and potentially illegal. Farmers, landowners and farm staff will be rightly irritated if you do. If you wonder why, consider this: how would you feel if a posse of farmer workers decided to stroll round your garden, just because they fancied the idea? The difference is only one of scale!

Please remember: in Barcombe and the surrounding parishes, there is no right to roam.

From Wikipedia: A permissive path, permitted path or concessionary path is a path (which could be for walkers, riders, cyclists, or any combination) whose use by the public is allowed by the landowner, but over which there is no right of access.

A permissive path is often closed on a specified calendar day each year, and is usually clearly signed as a permissive path. These are precautions to prevent any possible future claim of continuous public access along the path, which could result in it becoming designated as a statutory right of way.