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Long Man of Wilmington to Britains sunniest sea side town

  • May 11, 2014 · 8:45 AM
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# £22 including return train tickets from London Victoria #

We have a great collection of day hikes, but it's time for an exciting new addition and this one certainly ticks that box.

• See the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington hill carving which is several hundred years old

• Visit an ancient smugglers Inn

• Visit the sunniest place in Britain which conveniently happens to be on the coast :-)

• Hike the famous South Downs chalk hills

• Explore rural Sussex and it's picture postcard villages that time has forgotten

• End up at the coast for post hike drinks



Walk Description

We have 5 hikes already that are along the breath taking South Downs and this is the 6th. We shall start our trail in the depths of rural Sussex on a classic route that takes in sleepy villages with thatched cottages and ancient time forgotten rural churches as we explore the Sussex Weald.

We'll start off at a reservoir and we'll get an early glimpse of this ancient hillside figure known locally as the Long Man which will grow larger and larger until we're standing at it's feet. We will then follow a hilly and in places elevated trail with the sea being the next destination to which we'll walk. We'll finish up on the coast in Eastbourne which has the envious title of being the sunniest place in Great Britain. We'll head on to a pub as we usually do for some well deserved drinks before heading back to London.

Nobody knows the exact origins of the Long Man carving but it's believed to date from the 1500s or 1600s


Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station from 8:45am and leave the meeting point at 8:55 for the 9:06 train

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point:

Planed return time to London of 7:28pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)



We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.


Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 14/15 miles (22/23 km)
Grading: Intermediate/Challenging >click here for details<
Ascent: 420m
Time: About 5.5 hours of walking
Terrain: A few hills, mainly gravel tracks
Pace: Medium to brisk
This is not a hike for beginners



The walk will be £22.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.


What to Bring

• Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots) >click here< Waterproof clothing and footwear advisable in case of mud or rain

• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)


Safety and Terms and Conditions

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader(MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very windy but it didn't rain and some great views over the Downs. Really well organised and good company.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Caroline

    Thanks Graham for another great walk. Look forward to the next one.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seamless organisation as always. Loved the yew tree and long man. Good company and pleasant walk

    May 12, 2014

  • Laura

    Graham, you should make this a routine hike. It was a wonderful venue and great great group of people.

    May 12, 2014

  • Simone

    I had such a wonderful time, great walk, lovely people, thank you all and see you again soon

    May 12, 2014

  • Graham

    Britain's sunniest and possibly windiest town. What a combination of sun, heat and a powerful cooling wind all working together on the last stretch. Great to meet everyone and anybody who finished this should be fine on our epic Seven Sisters hike!
    To see more photos from the hike and to connect with others, please visit our Facebook page:

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Corina A.

      You forgot to mention about the mud baths, well known for shoes therapeutic effects :P To be honest, they made the trip more challenging and funny. After all, I loved the trip!

      May 12, 2014

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