Black Down is a 3.8 mile loop trail located near Black Down, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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A circular walk through the stunning landscape of Black Down, an area of heathland, copses and meadows high in the hills of West Sussex. Black Down is the highest point in West Sussex and the views are truly spectacular across the surrounding rolling landscape. In spring you'll enjoy carpets of bluebells and come July the site is famous for its mass of purple bilberries. The site is now owned and managed by the National Trust. The walk follows a mixture of heathland and woodland paths some of which are quite uneven with stone and trees roots and some of the sunken woodland paths remain quite muddy through many months of the year. There are several climbs and descents some of which are fairly steep. There are no stiles and just a handful of single gates. Cows are used through some of the year to help manage the heath, so take care with dogs, but it is quite unusual to see them in the massive expanse of heath and woodland. There are no refreshment or toilet facilities on the site. Approximate time 2 hours.

The walk starts from the small 'Lower' Car Park on Tennyson Lane, south of Haslemere. Note there are two car parks and you need the smallest of the two which is situated right on the hairpin bend on Tennyson Lane. Approximate post code GU27 3BJ.

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Amar Tailor
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Really nice trail. A bit of a steep climb up but nothing crazy. Amazing views.

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Ken Y
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Karen Tucker
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Mostly woodland with some great view points and quite a few birds (we spotted two woodpeckers). Parts of it were very muddy

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Fox Seeker
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Fox Seeker
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Nicholas Jones
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Tom Francisco
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Great views and sparsely populated

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Manesh Tailor
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claire claire
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Pleasant walk in the May sunshine. Walk is predominately through woodland and country road with a few viewpoints along the way. The fallen tree is still there and requires scrambling round, no obvious place to stop for a picnic. We set off early and car park was full on our return around midday, it’s a popular area with families.

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Tracey Miller
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Great short walk to get your leg muscles fired up on a bank holiday monday, this walk has beautiful views, plenty of shade and plenty to see. There is a tree swing balanced percariously on a sharp drop and also a large fallen tree to scramble over, great family walk.

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Clare Edwards
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Lovely walk. We were so lucky with the most beautiful May Day. This is a route best suited to a clear dry day as the views are breathtaking but I can imagine some of the sunken trails would be hard going after rain! The fallen tree is still there and it is huge. We scrambled up the bank to get past it. Highly recommend.

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Caroline Conlon
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Excellent walk, although we logged it as nearly 8km. Bluebells were stunning and views were amazing, nice clear day when we went. Huge fallen tree blocking one path and bit tricky to get round atm.

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Nick Atkins
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Fantastic walk. Beautiful views.

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Judith Forde
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The blue way marker along Fernden Lane under tunnel of trees was difficult to spot. Great walk. ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoy the walk - remember to use the iFootpath App's live GPS map (which shows your own live location on the route) to help guide you if ever you are unsure of a turn.

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steve hitchcock-smith
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Lovely walk but be prepared for much bogginess. Will return to enjoy the views when less rainy and foggy.

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Paolo Bischi
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Tizzy Elizabeth
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Connor Brown
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Simona Simona
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Paige Collett
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Sophie Marzolini
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Craig Menyweather
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Gill Bryder
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Steve Convoy
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Neil Pratt
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Caroline Danielsson
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Anthony Hill
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Robert Uphill
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