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
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