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South Downs, Black Down the Serpent Trail and the Temple of the winds

South Downs, Black Down, the Serpent trail and Temple of the winds

This walk within the northern edges of the south downs national park and in the Sussex Weald, takes along the Serpent Trail through the beautiful heathland and woodlands of west Sussex.

Meeting Point 09.00 London Waterloo Railway station underneath the main clock. I will have a meetup sign. We will be taking the 09.30 train from London Waterloo arriving in Haslemere at 10.49 journey time 1hr 19min.

Cost train fare £10.60 for a group of four people travelling together (please see below) Organiser fee £5 Total £15.65.

From Liphook station, we pass through Stanley Common to the village of Linchmere with it's picturesque St Peters church. We pick up the Sussex border path for a few kilometers and enter Marley Common, 

a mixed broadleaf and Chestnut woodland and open heath which is grazed by belted Galloway cattle. This is one of the National Trust's oldest countryside acquisitions.

Heading south past Marley Heights we walk to the village of Fernhurst where Bertrand Russell the British Philosopher wrote some of his works. Weaving our way through Reeth wood we gradualy climb to Reeth where a steep climb takes us the to the Temple of the Winds viewpoint, which has a sizeable stone seat and unrestricted view towards the South Downs and on a clear day as far as the English Channel. 

Turning north we continue up to the trig point on Black Down which at 280m the is highest point in Sussex, the second highest point in the south east of  highest point in the South Downs National Park. The pine and heather-covered slopes are owned by the National Trust. Black Down has strong literary associations with the poet Alfred Tennyson. who in 1869 purchased Black Down, and built Aldworth house a French-style Gothic house built of local sandstone to use as a summer residence. From the summit of Black Down we descend past Aldworth House past High Barn Farm and Home wood waterfalls to the town of Haslemere, Before catching the train back to London, . we can stop for a well earned beer and some food.

Walk Details 19.2km, 12 miles mainly on good paths with some hills. Please ensure you're happy keeping up a reasonable pace over this distance

What to bring. http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Kit_List%27s

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Group tickets are normally available for groups of 3 or 4 adults traveling together. As you arrive at the meeting place I will send you in groups of four to the ticket office. Please arrive early as it cannot be guaranteed that we will have complete groups of 3 or 4. In these circumstances e.g. 2 persons or less you will unfortunately have to pay full fare



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  • Praful

    My first walk with Gary (thanks for being a great host!). It was a perfect walk: great company and great weather! What more could you ask for. For the record, we walked 19.25km (12 miles). If anyone wants to re-live the walk in Google Earth/Maps, I can send them the file.

    March 17, 2014

    • Praful

      860 for me :-) You and Shorty - well that's another matter!

      March 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      yah...Shorty's been put on a diet..he missed his target! :)))

      March 18, 2014

  • Deb

    Great walk, great weather and great group, thanks Gary.

    March 17, 2014

  • Sarah N.

    Great walk and awesome weather - I really enjoyed my first outing with the group, thanks Gary!

    March 17, 2014

  • Sayuri

    I'd like to add my thanks to all for your encouragement and to Gary for organising. Wonderful to see so many familiar faces after been away much of the winter. Hope to see you again soon xx

    March 17, 2014

  • Patricia L.

    Great walk Gary, thanks for organising, and v glad the patron of Go London! - Shorty, was able to make it.

    March 17, 2014

  • Celeste

    A lovely walk and perfect weather! A great day.

    March 17, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi Guys,
    You have to use the RSVP list if you want to come along, you don't have a spot unless you are on the list on the RHS of the page

    March 15, 2014

  • Ali

    If anyone else has a free spot Rach (also on waiting list) would love to go

    March 15, 2014

  • Eyal

    Hi everyone, I would like to join this hike, but it is full. Please let me know about cancellations. Thanks

    March 14, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi Guys,
    Due to travel disruption we will be taking the train to Haslemere and returning to Haslemere.
    Gary

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No kidding bill :))

    March 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      so are we meeting at Liphook or haslemere station old chap?

      March 14, 2014

    • Gary

      Haslemere,

      March 14, 2014

  • Clare

    Hello! Around what time will we be back in london after the walk? Thanks! :)

    March 10, 2014

    • Bill W.

      Hi Sheetal, from Gary's notes i deduce we end up at Haslemere which is just one train stop back to Liphook.

      March 13, 2014

    • Bill W.

      Actually scrap that, just read Gary's notes again and i'm now also not sure. Lol.

      March 13, 2014

  • Janine L.

    I unfortunately can't join this anymore :( Have a great walk!

    March 13, 2014

  • Ash

    Hi Gary, just joined this group. This hike sounds great and would love to do it as a great introduction to the group. If there is any chance you can fit me in that would be very grateful. Many thanks in advance - Ashton

    February 23, 2014

  • carmen

    This time I won't be lost, I know you Gary!! :)x

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will have my mutt ( experienced hiker) as well unless its a problem..

    January 21, 2014

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