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Long Man of Wilmington and the South Downs

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South Downs National Park

Long Man of Wilmington and the South Downs is a 6.2 mile loop trail located near Wilmington, East Sussex, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 1,010 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Views No shade
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A circular walk from the small village of Wilmington in East Sussex. The walk climbs onto the chalk slopes of the South Downs to visit the hillside chalk figure known as the Long Man of Wilmington, followed by a quick visit to a charming church before exploring long stretches of the chalk tracks that criss-cross the top of the seemingly endless downs. In summer, the chalk download is covered in beautiful wild flowers and you will have views of the sea plus another hillside chalk figure, the Litlington White Horse. The route includes several long climbs and descents, from moderate to steep. The chalk tracks are wonderful firm surfaces after dry summer periods, but are rutted in part and can be very muddy and slippery in winter and after wet periods. The tops of the downs are very exposed so make sure you have appropriate clothing. There are several single bridle gates on route, but there are no stiles or kissing gates. There is a stretch of road walking in the middle of the walk, so take care of traffic at this point. You will be sharing some of the open downland with sheep and cattle (although being the popular South Downs, the cattle tend to be accustomed to walkers and dogs). About half the walk is on tracks bordered by crop fields or hedgerows, ideal for well-behaved dogs to have a good romp around. Allow 3 to 3.5 hours depending on conditions under foot.

The village of Wilmington is located in the parish of Long Man, 2 miles west of Polegate and 6 miles north-west of Eastbourne. The walk starts at the free car park (for about 20 cars) at the southern edge of the village. From the A27, head south through the village, passing the pub and the church. Immediately after the last house on your right, you will find the car park on your right (set back from the road and through a height restriction barrier). Approximate post code BN26 5SW.

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Tim Ovard
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Rebecca Jarvis
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Great morning hike beautiful morning! Just over 2 hours

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Tim Ovard
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Tudor Cabau
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Tim Ovard
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Tim Ovard
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Tim Ovard
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Hussain Bukhari
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Lovely views!

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Rufus Evans
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A real feast for the eyes! Some fairly stiff inclines but on the whole a very accessible route and really enjoyable.

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Neeka Hawkins
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Kerry Taylor
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Fantastic scenic route, we wouldn’t say it was easy! Definitely take supplies, and the church is a lovely little detour to make. Great walk.

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Matt de B
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Really lovely walk... quite challenging on a hot summer’s day, not a lot of shade & some fairly demanding inclines, even for a couple of relatively fit 40 somethings, but stunning views throughout of the Sussex Weald, the South Downs and the sea. Very dog friendly.

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Skye Heaton-Heather
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Lots of different ways to create lovely loop walks up, down and along the Downs. Easy, accessible, great views.

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Maria Grimes
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Great circular walk takes in the long man, rolling hills and amazing panoramic views

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Karrie Jones
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Really pretty walk the whole way round. Toward the end had a perfect pinnic spots with views. The little church was a lovely visit. We hope to go back and do the walk from the other direction another time.

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William Mills
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Great walk! We went a bit further around than the route, added an extra 2k on top. Very quiet area, stunning views all around. Different grades of climbing/ terrain, nothing overly steep though. A+

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Vince Johnson
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A very idyllic walk with beautiful scenery open down lands and rolling fields and further distant views of Arlington reservoir and the wind turbines out to sea near Brighton. The Long Man of Wilmington is also a must to see with this ancient man carved now into the downs and can be seen for miles. The very last part and a small section of the walk is extremely rutted by heavy farm machinery, and has made the path very hazardous for walkers now. And is in need of some works to make this section suitable for walkers again.

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David Vertente
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ben hanson
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Mark Burridge
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Zed Lomax
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Alex Etherington
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Caragh Owen-Jones
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Stephen Thomas
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Stephen Southward
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Emily Murphy
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