Fernhurst - Black Down

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This is an easy-to-moderate (see below) circular walk starting in the attractive village of Fernhurst, close to the Surrey - West Sussex boundary and climbing up to the viewpoint on Black Down, the highest point in the South Downs National Park.

The walk is best described in terms of ascent and descent. The initial climb up through Reeth Wood is very attractive but is likely to be muddy and moderately hard going in autumn and winter. The second climb on to Black Down itself is easier and offers lovely views.

Blackdown itself, described as a high sandstone promontory overlooking the Rother Valley, was the property of various landowners until W. E. Hunter donated it to the National Trust in 1944, as a memorial to his wife. The Hunters are remembered by an inscribed stone seat at the viewpoint, known as the Temple of the Winds, named after a Bronze Age circular bank.

The descent takes you down the gentle slopes of the Sussex Weald, past the historic Blackdown Park and the much more recent Blackdown Ridge Vineyard - see Additional Info'.

England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside

Features

Birds, Church, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland

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