Wolstonbury Hill has been an important landmark for thousands of years. Iron Age farmers grazed animals on its summit and the Romans left pottery remains on its slopes.
In wartime Britain Winston Churchill and members of the war cabinet met at nearby Danny House and would allegedly visit the slopes of Wolstonbury for inspiration.
Upon reaching the summit, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the weald, the sea and the downs, including Newtimber Hill and Devil’s Dyke.
Fresh air, spectacular views and an ancient landscape will accompany you along this scenic downland walk, near Devil’s Dyke, West Sussex. Get back to nature, and be greeted by hilly banks carpeted with flowers and teeming with insects. Discover our watery dewpond, a perfect haven for wildlife. Catch a glimpse into the past when you visit the old donkey wheel, traditionally used to draw water for the farm. Finally, why not finish off your walk with a lovely cup of tea and a tasty slice of cake from the Hiker’s Rest Cafe?
Explore ancient chalk downland and the deepest dry valley in the country.
Discover where the Devil and his wife are said to be buried and watch kestrels soar above you.
Visit an ancient farmstead with over 1,000 years of history and experience stunning views over the Sussex countryside.
From Birling Gap to Exceat. The scenery is stunning – a beach, a cafe and toilets at the beginning, a beach, a pub,a cafe and visitor’s centre at the end. You can make it an all day outing and after lunch at the pub or cafe, walk back or during the summer months you can catch a bus. It has to be one of the most beautiful parts of England.
Long circular route up, along and down the crest of the South Downs, and back along a winding valley behind the escarpment. One of the best downs for butterflies and flowers on the South Downs, with Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillary and silver-spotted skipper. Also good for orchids, including many frog orchids, red star thistle, round-headed rampion, drifts of devil’s bit scabious and much autumn gentian.
This circular walk allows you to enjoy great views over the downs and coast. By following old drovers’ and smuggling routes to the sea from this small Downland village you may also feel a sense of the landscape’s long history.
Enjoy this secluded gem with sunken bostals, hidden woodland, wildflower meadows and fascinating history. Black Cap is a remote and tranquil countryside spot with very few visitors so is a perfect place to while away a quiet afternoon.
One of the very best butterfly sites in Sussex, including numerous Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillaries and marbled whites, lower numbers of dingy and grizzled skippers and small blue and the occasional brown hairstreak. It’s also very rich in flora, including bee orchids, field fleawort and round-headed rampion and has impressive areas of chalk lichen lawns.
An easy to moderate stroll taking in the chalk downland of Seaford Head local nature reserve, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters, then following the river meanders of the Cuckmere valley as it snakes down to the sea at Cuckmere Haven, and returning via Chyngton Farm.
This walk takes in one of the most stunning sections of the South Downs Way long-distance trail. Spring and summer bring an abundance of wild flowers into bloom; the richness of the plant life is thanks to the chalk soil which forms a unique grassland habitat. With great bus links from Brighton, why not make this a green day out and leave your car at home?
The Long Man of Wilmington, mysterious guardian of the South Downs, who has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years.
Until recently, it was believed that the earliest record of Europe’s largest representation of the human form was a drawing dated to 1766.
Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, the first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne. If you’re looking for attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages, or if you just fancy a challenge, the South Downs Way awaits you.