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East Sussex and the South Downs


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The South Downs are a kind of chalk hills that extends across the south-eastern coastal counties of England from Hampshire in the west to Eastbourne in the east. There is a rich heritage of historical features and archaeological remains, including defensive sites, burial mounds and field boundaries. Within the South Downs Environmentally Sensitive Area there are thirty-seven Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including large areas of chalk grassland. The grazing of sheep on the thin, well-drained chalk soils of the Downs over many centuries and browsing by rabbits resulted in the fine, short, springy turf, known as old chalk grassland that has come to characterize the South Downs today. The South Downs is an exceptionally popular recreational destination, particularly for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers. A long distance footpath and bridleway, the South Downs Way, follows the entire length of the chalk ridge from Winchester to Eastbourne, complemented by many interconnecting public footpaths and bridleways. (From Wikipedia)

Some sites include trails that are not necessarily bound to remain well maintained. Therefore conditions may change on the trail and access may vary. The suggested walks are intended for competent walkers who accept the inherent and sometimes unpredictable risks associated with outdoor activities such as trekking. The user assumes all risks.

THE South downs WALKS

Circular walks in South Downs National Park are highly recommended. Tucked away in the far south-eastern corner of the country, just about 60km south of London, East Sussex and the National Park is easily reached by train from Gatwick airport. Use a Pathfinder Guide available from Pathfinder. Download the gps tracks and map gps info walks SD 1-3




Alfriston and Long Man of Wilmington, 9 K

Starting point: Alfriston village

The walk starts and ends in Alfriston, a highly eye-catching village in the lovely Cuckmere Valley. The Long Man of Wilmington is an ancient, 70 m long, clandestine chalk figure cut from a rolling slope. The ramble offers many outstanding and wide-ranging views.

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Beachy Head and Seven Sisters

Beachy Head and Long Down, 11 K

Starting point: Old Lighthouse, 1 K west of Beachy Head;

The ramble starts with a short clifftop walking towards Birling Gap before heading eastwards across Long Down in the direction of Eastbourne. The very well-known section of the South Downs Way is used for the return; posing fabulous outlooks of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

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Lewis, Balmer Down and the River Ouse, 20K

Starting point: Lewes

We recommend you to stay in Lewes north of Brighton and do walk 28, Lewis, Balmer Down and the River Ouse. The walk begins and ends at Lewes, a town with an abundance of old Buildings, including a notable castle. Once out of the town, the way lies over tracts of lonely downland where the walking, through often energetic, cannot fail to be enjoyable. Food and drink at the Blacksmith´s Arms in Offham can be endorsed.