Fancy a swift one? Try a South Downs beermat walk
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If having a pint and a pub lunch sounds good, why not add to the occasion and try one of our short beermat walks?
These are a series of gentle circular strolls around the Sussex downs, all starting from a country pub.
Walking is the best way to explore a new place or rediscover your local area while getting some fresh air and gentle exercise.
However, if you find the thought of a long country hike a bit daunting, you’re not alone. We've put together a series of six short circular walks (1hr to 1½ hrs) in five different areas across the South Downs.
Pick up a beermat
You can simply pick up a beermat from the pub, which has a map on it, and then follow the waymarkers.
Or you can download the walk and get some background information on the history and wildlife of the area. That's along with easy-to-follow details of how to find your way around. All are on easy terrain, so they're suitable for everyone.
Download a beermat walk
Download a beermat walk below and start exploring the South Downs countryside at your own pace.
Tiger Inn in Birling Gap, East Sussex
This circular walk allows you to enjoy views over the downs and coast. By following old drovers' and smuggling routes to the sea from this small downland village you may also feel a sense of the landscape's long history.
Shepherd & Dog in Fulking (near Brighton), West Sussex
This walk comprises ancient landscapes and views across the downs. Along the way, look out for the lime kiln dating back to the Victorian era as well as banks of chalk grassland teaming with flowers and butterflies.
George Inn in Slindon, West Sussex
On this walk around Nore Hill Folly you'll pass the old Eartham Pump House, built of traditional materials. In spring you'll be rewarded with a view of a carpet of bluebells at the top of Puck Lane. The mature beeches of Nore Wood make a tranquil haven all year round.
Mill Tavern in Marley (near Haslemere), West Sussex
See the ancient millponds of Shottermill, stroll though the beech woodland of Marley Common and walk through a working sweet chestnut coppice. Walk among Belted Galloway cattle grazing in the fields and hear the birdsong of heathland birds. In the summer you'll also pass a meadow rich with butterflies.
Wheatsheaf Inn or Half Moon Inn in Midhurst, West Sussex
Take in the beauty of Woolbeding Estate, a hidden countryside gem in the South Downs National Park. Stroll along the River Rother edged by ancient trees and the lush flood plain. Discover a plantation of whispering poplars before returning to Midhurst town.
Collect all six beermats and start enjoying what nature has to offer.