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 The Long man, friston   & Cuckmere river walk.

Meeting at Wilmington Priory car park in the South Downs

National Park. We will hike towards the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington. 

 

After a steady climb to the peak near the ancient burial grounds with stunning views, we then head southeast picking up some of the South Downs Way. We stroll through Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve before heading into the tranquillity of Friston Forest. 

 

Within the shelter of this expansive forest, we stop for lunch before heading out to the open hills over the majestic Seven Sisters cliffs with views over the English Channel. 

 

Depending on the conditions we will either carry on along the cliffs before heading North along the river Cuckmere or after a shorter walk along the Sisters we head back to the refuge of Friston. Finally, we hike through the Saxon village of Litlington before heading back East towards the hills for one last climb before getting back to the Wilmington priory car park. 

 

COST: £20

Time: approx 8hrs.

Distance: 24km/15 miles. 

Included – Local Knowledgeable Guide/Guides and support. Lunch and cooking Equipment. 

Not Included: transport, Personal Snacks.

Meeting point: Wilmington Priory car park, wilmington, BN26 5SW

Meeting time: 0900

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Historic Chanctonbury   & cissbury ring walk

Starting at the car park in the hamlet of  Wiston we head West alongside the foot of the South Downs. We then transverse along Chanctonbury Hill towards the Bronze age Chanctonbury Ring Fort.

 

After spending a little time exploring around the fort we head southwest along the South Downs Way footpath. After a few kilometers of hiking, we then head back uphill towards the majestic and ancient hillfort of Cissbury Ring. We spend some time strolling around this historic site and take the opportunity to have some lunch with grand views over the area.

 

After a well-earned bite, we then stroll through Stump Bottom valley before taking a long uphill North-East. This path takes us along the Monarchs Way, a route used by King Charles II to evacuate after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.

 

Finally, we get back on the South Downs way taking us back to Chanctonbury Ring where we will drop down to the car park. 

Cost: £20

Time: Approx 6 ½ hrs
Distance: 17.6km/11 miles 

Included: Local Knowledgeable Guide/Guides and support. 

Not included: transport or food

Meeting point: Chanctonbury Ring Car Park, Chanctonbury Ring Rd, Steyning BN44 3DR

Meeting time: 0900

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 Let's go on a micro adventure! 

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Building on our training in the Legion Fitness series we like to rack up a few extra miles with our day hikes.

This gives you some extra time to work on testing your kit in different weather, visit new sites, and playing with different navigation techniques both old and modern. It’s also a pleasure to get a deeper understanding of different areas within Sussex.

Hiking in a multitude of areas across the South Downs National Park really highlights how expansive it is. 

 

Join us on some of our tours either as a one-off or regularly to improve upon your trekking experiences.
 

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The picturesque devils dyke. 

Meeting at Hassocks Train Station. We will hike directly into the South Downs National Park picking up part of the South Downs Way that stretches from Winchester to Eastbourne. We will trek up onto the ancient ridgeline looking over the Sussex Weald as we head West towards Devils Dyke.

 

Devil’s Dyke is the second-highest point in the whole of the National park therefore the views are fabulous and well known by local landscape photographers.

 

After taking in the views we head East to Ditchling Beacon, an ancient hill fort and the third highest point in the national park. We will then head back along the ridge, with 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside and coast, passing the Jack and Jill Windmills as we return to Hassocks station. 

Cost: £20

Time: approx 8hrs. 
Distance: 24km/15Miles. 
Included: Local Knowledgeable Guide/Guides and support. 

Not included: transport or food

 

Meeting point: hassocks train station, east side, car park. 

 

Meeting time: 1000

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The rolling hills of Firle.

Starting in the village of Firle, written about in the 1086 Domesday Book known as Ferla, we head East around Firle Place.

We turn Southwards taking a nice steady ascent past Firle plantation towards the ancient burial ground on the crest of the hills. We head South-East along the South Downs Way before dropping into a beautiful vista of rolling hills. We take some time to have a break, with some food, amongst the peaceful views before heading North. We pass by Norton Top and the Neolithic Five Lords Burgh on our route up towards Alciston.

Once we’re back on the South Downs Way ridge we then transverse down the hill, parallel to Firle Beacon, before heading back to the car park. 

cost: £15

time: approx 4hrs. 
Distance: 16km/10Miles. 
Included: Local Knowledgeable Guide/Guides and support. 

Not included: transport or food

meeting point: Firle village car park, R/o The Ram Inn, Lewes, The St, Firle, Lewes BN8 6NS

meeting time:1000

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