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|Firle Beacon and the South Downs Way|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 15 Jan 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, South Downs|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk, close to the East Sussex village of Firle. The walk includes a long stretch of the South Downs Way, taking in Firle Beacon and giving you chance to enjoy views for miles around and out to the sea at Eastbourne. After your walk there are plenty of local places to visit, should you wish to make a full day of it. There’s Charleston Farmhouse (open April to October), where you’ll learn more about the Bloomsbury Group who made this their country home, or Middle Farm (open all year) where you can try some of the national collection of cider and perry. |
The walk follows grass and mud paths and tracks on the South Downs, some of which at lower levels can get very muddy after periods of wet weather. There is one long and fairly steep descent and an equivalent fairly steep ascent to negotiate. The route includes a few gates but no stiles. You may be sharing some of the paths with livestock, including Exmoor ponies. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the free South Downs Way car park (which has a height restriction barrier) above the village of Firle, at the top of the road called Firle Bostal. Leave the A27 on the road signed to Firle (0.5 miles) and you will reach a road junction with the entrance gates of Firle Place ahead. Keep right here on the narrow road marked as a no through road. Where the main road bends hard left, fork right again onto Firle Bostal Road. Follow this road for some distance and it will lead you to the top of the South Downs where you will find the car park on the left. Nearest post code BN8 6LR (this is for a farm beyond the car park).
|Start to Firle Beacon|
Start point: 50.8335 lat, 0.0839 long
Walk the length of the car park, heading away from the height restriction barrier. Just before the end of the car park, fork left through a wooden gate, onto the path marked with the blue arrow for the South Downs Way, heading east. (Note: there may be livestock grazing on these hillsides, so take care with dogs).
|Firle Beacon to Crossroads|
Start point: 50.8338 lat, 0.1083 long
Firle Beacon sits at 217 metres high and has commanding 360 degree views. Keep your eyes peeled for Exmoor ponies, which are used to graze the steep slopes of the downland here.
|Crossroads to Path Junction|
Start point: 50.8361 lat, 0.1175 long
Turn left here to join the wide track which climbs steadily and swings slightly right. Follow this track for some distance.
|Path Junction to End|
Start point: 50.8419 lat, 0.0939 long
Turn left through the gates to join this track, heading steadily uphill. You will reach a gate ahead, pass through this into the access land. Take the path at about 1 o’clock heading steeply uphill. A little way up the path forks, keep right on the steeper narrower branch.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Amazing walk! And a very good guide too! Make sure you stop in at Beanstalk Tea Garden - a little hidden gem & quintessentially English garden - the Lavender & Lilac homemade cake was beautiful!
|By sebird on 2014-06-08 17:27:23|
Stunning views and easy to follow. We just went wrong near the end on the (very steep) ascent. The fork wasn't as obvious as we had hoped. A lovely walk
|By oliviagmwest on 2016-10-26 22:02:33|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
This is the last part of the walk climbing back to the South Downs Way. It was muddy and hard going when we did it. Our friends and dogs are striding out ahead...
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Time for a snap shot at the Beacon.
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