This long but rewarding walk takes us high onto the ridge line ridge of the South Downs a where panorama of spectacular views rewards us in all directions. The walk takes us past neolithic burial mounds and burrows over Firle Beacon to the picturesque village of Alfriston. We pass the Long Man of Wilmington a figure caved into the chalk in neolithic times then descend to the coast at Eastbourne.
Meeting point, 08.45 at London Victoria Railway Station in front of the departure boards near platform 12. We will be taking the 09.17 train to Southease arriving at 10.34 journey time 1hr 17mins.
Cost, £20.30 for a group of three people travelling together (please click here) (http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Group_Train_Tickets/) organiser fee £5 total £25.30 Time expected back in London 21.30
Details, 30km 18m on good paths with some steep hills 7-8 hrs of walking (this is a long hard walk please ensure you can keep up a reasonable pace over the distance)
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From Southease Station a steep ascent takes us along the South Downs way past Red Lion and White Lion ponds to join the main ridge of the South Downs, A final climb leads us to Firle Beacon at 217m where we are rewarded with a panorama, North over the Sussex Weald, South to the coast, east and west over the downs.
Descending from the beacon we come to the village of Alfriston and the historic Star Inn, originally a religious hostel built in 1345 and used to accommodate monks and pilgrims en route from Battle Abbey to Chichester Cathedral and the Shrine of St Richard, patron saint of Sussex.
From Alfriston we cross the Cuckmere River where another steep climb takes us to Windover Hill past neolithic burial mounds to the trig point at 214m. From here we take a short detour to see the Long Man of Wilmington a figure caved into the chalk in neolithic times and now an ancient monument.
Continuing along the ridge we pass the village of Jevington and follow the south downs way towards the coast, at cross dyke we leave the main path to enter the outskirts of Eastbourne where we walk to join the seafront by the pier. You are welcome to join us for a well earned drink and some food or take the train home. The railway station is a short walk from here.
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