Trips / Ups and Downs: South Downs Hike
During the whole 53-three mile length from Beachy Head to Harting the ground never rises above a height of 850 feet, but we feel on top of the world.
—William Henry Hudson
Arguably one of England’s most scenic spots, it has been inducted to England’s National Parks in March 2010; making it England’s newest national park. Join us on an escape from London as we trek through Alfriston, home to the Alfriston Clergy House, the building that started the National Trust in 1896 for just £10! We’ll then feel “on top of the world” as we climb the South Downs and get a rather unusual view. On the hill lives the Long Man of Wilmington a close to 70-metre man that has baffled archeologists of his origin. Because of his great stature, during WWII he was camouflaged green to blend in with his surroundings to not give aviators a landmark to plan attacks. As we finish up our 10-mile trek, we’ll end in a local pub for some food and ales before heading back to London.
People of a moderate fitness level will find this challenges them a bit, and will certainly appreciate those locally brewed ales at the end!
- What to wear Hiking boots and waterproofs are essential. We recommend layered clothing, hiking trousers (not jeans), gloves and a hat
- What to bring Packed lunch (light refreshments available at lunch stop), 2 litres of water, camera, money for the pub
- Departure time 09.00 (approximately)
- Return time 19.00 (approximately)
- Departure location London Victoria Railway Station, near the entrance to M&S Shop
- Includes Transport, guided hike, sampling of beers at local pub