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Ditchling Beacon Hiking Trip  £35

Join our 4 - 5 hours long circular walk from Stanmer Park to Ditchling Beacon, the highest point in East Sussex. Discover woodlands, chalk hills, wide-open fields, grassland and river valleys.

Timeline

We will meet at 9:30 at Stanmer Park. The circular walk is part of the South Downs National park and includes a few moderate hills and wide-open grassland.

Ditchling Beacon

After about two hours we will arrive at Ditchling Beacon, the highest point in East Sussex with its panoramic views and famous windswept trees. Don't forget to bring a warm jumper and sandwitches for a picnic.

Weather

Surprisingly, the weather is mostly all right. We will walk in any weather conditions, but we have an alternative route planned if it rains. It can be windy at Ditchling Beacon so don't forget your warm jumper!

Choose a date

The Ditchling Beacon Walk is happening every month. You can choose the date during the booking process!

Apr

Ditchling Beacon Walk

Saturday, 17 April 2021

09:30 - 14:30

May

Ditchling Beacon Walk

Saturday, 15 May 2021

09:30 - 14:30

Jun

Ditchling Beacon Walk

Saturday, 19 June 2021

09:30 - 14:30

All you need to know

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How to get there?


We will meet at 9:30 at Stanmer Park (Tea Rooms)

  1. TRAIN: The Train goes every 10 minutes from Brighton train station, and it takes 18 minutes to Falmer. It's a 15-minute walk from the Station to the Tea Rooms.
  2. BUS 25: The Bus 25 goes to Stanmer Park. There is a straight street from here to the Tea Rooms. It takes about 10 minutes!
  3. Car: It is usually easy to find a place to park nearby.




What to bring?


It is up to the weather. You need to pack different things up to if it is hot, cold or raining. But please keep in mind, that the weather can change, and it can be windy at Ditchling Beacon! Here is a little tick list!

  1. Minimum one liter or water
  2. Sun cover (A hat, sunscreen and a shawl or something to cover your shoulders with.)
  3. Sandwiches for the picnic (cutlery if needed)
  4. Any medication that you need!
  5. Tissues and hand sanitizer
  6. A warm jumper in case it gets cold.
  7. Lightweight raincoat and rain trousers.
  8. A warm jumper!




What to wear?


You need to dress different in different weather conditions! Please bring a warm jumper anyway in case it gets windy up the hill!

  1. Good shoes with a good grip. (No Convers!)
  2. A beany hat for wind and sun.
  3. A waterproof jacket (and waterproof trousers!) if it rains.
  4. Cloves
  5. A warm Jumper!




What to expect?


Timeline


Duration: 4-5 hours

Meeting point: 09:30 at Stanmer Park Nature Reserve.

The hiking trip starts at Stanmer Park. We will walk through the woodlands and wide-open field with sheep and cattle. There will be quite a few slopes to step up to, as we are heading towards the highest point in East Sussex. Make sure to bring a warm jumper, as this point is famous for being windy!

We will have a picnic at Ditchling Beacon and then head back towards Stanmer Park. Walking through the woods has a calming, restorative effect on the mind.




What if it rains?


There is no such thing as bad weather, there is only the wrong choice of clothing! Dressing in layers is the best way to keep warm for changing weather conditions!

We will go in any weather, but the route will change if it is too windy and rainy. Surprisingly, it happens more seldom than you think. The rain is mostly limited to short showers and the rest of the day is actually alright. Make sure to wear good shoes, a warm jumper and waterproofs!




What about toilets?


The only toilettes are at the Tea Rooms at the meeting point. There are no toilets in the South Downs, but many bushes and not many people!




What fitness level is it?


We are walking up the highest point in East Sussex, including quite a few slopes. You need to be fit and healthy enough to walk for about 4-5 hours, and you should be able to walk up a moderate slope!





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