Black Down

A view south looking over the rolling downland of the South Downs from behind the stone plinth, with a charming curved inscribed stone seat in memory of WE Hunter who donated Black Down to the National Trust in memory of his beloved wife.
Rest at the curved stone seat to enjoy views from the Temple of the Winds ©National Trust Images/John Miller

The highest point in the South Downs National Park

Black Down

Things to see and do

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.
Black Down offers fantastic views over heather towards the distant horizon National Trust Images / John Miller

Walk, run, ride, cycle 

With plenty to see and do on a visit, Black Down, the highest point in the South Downs National Park, is a great place to walk, run, cycle and celebrate the great outdoors.

Walk our trails

Black Down

What's on 

Swan Barn Farms annual wassail torchlight procession to the orchards.
National Trust/ Jonathan Shavelar

Here we come a-Wassailing..... 

Come join us for an evening of interactive family fun at our annual Wassailing event.

Black Down


A selection of worked flints found at Black Down, including arrowheads and axes, laid out in a display
A selection of worked flints, including arrowheads, found at Black Down National Trust / Hannah Prothero

Ancient finds 

Prehistoric flints, ancient tracks across the land and so much more – our research reveals treasures in this fantastic landscape.

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Get involved

Three volunteers stard in a woodland huddled round a white sweep net examining the contents for insects
Volunteers help monitor local wildlife by carrying out biological surveys National Trust / Matt Bramich

Join the team 

There's always something to do behind the scenes at Black Down and we wouldn't be able to get it all done without our fantastic team of volunteers. There are many volunteering opportunities to choose from and we welcome new members to our friendly team.