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Newhaven Circular via the picturesque village of Alfriston. 12 miles

Newhaven Circular via the picturesque village of Alfriston

An energetic walk over the South Downs escarpment

Join us for a circular walk from Newhaven, which takes you along the South Downs escarpment with a visit to the village of Alfreston, where you can see the National Trust’s very first property, the Clergy House, acquired for the sum of £10 in 1896. The rare 14th-century thatched house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere. 

Clergy House - Medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and picturesque garden.

Alfriston: Clergy House, Garden & Shop. This rare 14th century Wealden 'Hall House' was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896. The thatched, timber-framed house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere and surrounded by a delightful, tranquil cottage garden. On your visit:
Admire the first house the NT saved.
Enjoy the tranquility of our English cottage garden.
Discover the chalk and sour milk floor in the hall and browse in the shop for a souvenir of you visit.

Level: Intermediate - medium to fast Pace (5/10)

Length: 12.0 miles (19.5km)

Duration: 7hrs plus lunch

Start/End: Newhaven Town station

Lunch: Packed Lunch

Meeting Time: 7.30am.

Meet: Tooley Street entrance next to West Cornwall Pasty Co.
(leading to platforms 1-6)

Train from London Bridge at 07.57 and arrives in Newhaven Town at 09.38.

Return from Lewis to London Bridge at 20.00

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Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:

Cost: £22.50 per person (Return rail travel, NBH costs and organiser's fee). 


NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.


Things to bring:
Packed Lundh, Water and Snacks
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for lunch and drinks)
Camera (optional)


Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation


IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates:

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  • Srimoni

    A day well spent, very engaging and refreshing .. specially the feet dipping in the sea at the end . Nice to meet an amazing mixed group of chilled out people with great leadership, sense of humour , humble attitude and positive outlook.
    Thank you for being there on the day everyone !! Nice meeting you all.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Andrean

    This was great fun. Some fantastic scenery and lovely people to talk to.

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • Jeremy O.

    Magnificent day! Loved every part of the hike. Thanks to Michael and my fellow hikers I am now fully charged with positive energy for the upcoming week. Thank you for the great experience ;)

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Karolina

    Another great day!! And definitely lots of fun, thank you Michael!

    3 · March 16, 2014


    Stunning day! Excellent walk ! astonishing people ! great atmosphere

    1 · March 16, 2014


    I had an amazing time .! I met lovely people ,atmosphere was great !I cant wait for the next walk. Thank you Michael !

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Steven C.

    Michael is really beautiful and has a lovely coat, but he really does smell; and Oscar is a natural born leader and navigator...especially around train stations. (Have I got that right? Very tired).

    A great day, yet again. And got back to learn that the mighty, mighty Federer has reached another final and I won the Euromillions lottery. A huge £106 million jackpot. I got 2 numbers....£2.60. A perfect end to a perfect day, praise the Lord! ('Mighty, mighty', 'Praise the Lord''...I think I am in the mood for singing some Gospel.....)

    2 · March 15, 2014

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