A Compendium of Sussex Walks

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Alfriston Clergy House Walk

Alfriston Clergy House

Alfriston Clergy House Walk (National Trust)

  • 4-5 miles, 2 to 2-and-a-half hours, moderate walking
  • pubs and tea rooms in Alfriston, and the picturesque Cricketers in Berwick and Rose Cottage Inn in Alciston, just off the main trail
  • accessible by bus

buscup of teahistoric attraction

This walk starts in Alfriston within the  South Downs National Park where you can also visit the National Trust’s first property, acquired in 1896,  the 14th century Alfriston Clergy House.  Heading north, you reach the downland village of Berwick where the cottage style Cricketers pub makes a good stop as does a visit to the church for a look at the murals by Bloomsbury Group artists. There are fine views later in the walk over Alfriston and the spire of St Andrew’s Church, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Downs’.

Long Man of Wilmington Walks

Wilmington’s Mystery of the Long Man (AA) or Alfriston & The Long Man (Fancy Free Walks, PDF).

  • 9.5 miles (Fancy Free Walks)
  • 6.2 miles (10k), 2 and a half hours for the AA walk
  • good pubs and tea rooms in Alfriston (note that this is a short detour off the AA walk) and Litlington (Fancy Free Walk only). Wilmington also has a pub and tea rooms, but these are a short walk away from the start/finish.
  • steep ascent
  • accessible by bus

buscup of teahistoric attraction

Summer landscape image of ancient chalk carving in hillside - The Long Man oif Wilmington

The Long Man of Wilmington

A choice of two excellent walks up to some of the finest Downland in East Sussex, above the historic village of Alfriston, where there are a range of tea shops and pubs.

Both walks start in Wilmington and take you past the tiny and remote Lullington Church,  built from the remains of the chancel of an earlier church that was destroyed by fire. It’s then up to the edge of Lullington Heath,  a rare chalk heathland. Towards the end of the walk, you pass above the mysterious 235 foot hill figure of the Long Man of Wilmington.

The longer Fancy Free walk also takes in the downlannd hamlet of Folkington, as well as Litlington and Alfriston itself.