Ringmer - Malling Down - Mount Caburn - Ringmer
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Our Iron Age ancestors knew what they wanted when it comes to properties with a view. This walk has a number of varied views, as well as the ultimate aim of the vista from Mount Caburn. South Downs features include chalkpits, dry valleys, dew-ponds and butterflies, including the Adonis Blue in August. You'll see the difference from the common blue, no problem: iridescent and black marks along the wing tips. We are going to traverse no fewer than three adjacent nature reserves. The first two are owned by the Sussex Wildlife Trust: Malling Down, based on a steep valley, is preserved for butterflies, Southerham is on a working downs farm. Mount Caburn and surrounds are a Special Area of Conservation due to the rare orchids. It is a favourite place for paragliders, but personally I prefer to have it to myself on a day, or at a time when the aerial recreators are absent.
There are a couple of steep ascents and one very steep descent.
England - South England - East Sussex - South Downs
Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Woodland
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