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Black Down

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Black Down is a 6.1 kilometer 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, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 6.1 km Elevation Gain: 273 m Route Type: Loop





wild flowers

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.

7 months ago

I did this walk mid-March after a few wet days and the very picturesque sunken paths had sadly been ploughed up by horses and were not very nice to try and navigate along. I recommend others do the walk during a dry spell to make the most of it. It's a nice and challenging walk, total climb was 230m according to my son's gizmo watch. The live GPS map kept us on the right track. A combination of woodland, quiet country lane, and heathland. There are several really lovely views along the way. By the way, the cattle were black belted Galloways, most unusual and very impressive.

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