Saltdean - South Downs - Standean Bottom - Highdole Hill - Saltdean

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This walk on the rolling South Downs is a succession of great and varied vistas. Whilst there are a few climbs that give the heart and lungs a mild workout, over half is largely on high but level ground with an opportunity to stride and enjoy the scenery. The whole walk is on a fine walking surface and is off-road except for the last 500m through the quiet back streets of Saltdean. The biggest climb is near the start. The subsequent easy level walk to Standean Bottom keeps secret until the last minute the geometric curves of the southern part of Castle Hill National Nature Reserve. With the OS map OL11 you could easily (legs willing) extend the walk and take in the whole of the reserve. More details later.

At about the halfway mark, the touching monument to the lover and protector of the Downs, John Harvey provides a moment of reflection and rest and a reminder of our frailty. Next the long level ridge of Highdole Hill and Telscombe Tye (northern section) gently curves you back round towards the shimmering sea with teasing glimpses of two of the Seven Sisters. The sharp turn near a rare stand of trees at Waymark 24 provides a lovely spot to sit and rest awhile with big views out to the offshore wind farm and The Channel traffic. The end is about 1.5km away now and remember the handy convenience store? Go on, treat yourself to a lolly.

England - South England - East Sussex - South Downs


Birds, Butterflies, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Sea

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