Festive walks on the South Downs

Whether it's walking off that extra slice of Christmas pudding or taking a break from wrapping presents, there’s a South Downs walk that’s right for you. So pull on your walking boots and blow away the cobwebs as you enjoy a bracing walk this Christmas on one of our beautiful countryside sites on the South Downs. Keep an eye out for the animals grazing on the countryside sites at this time of year. They are doing essential conservation work, eating the tougher grasses and encroaching scrub. This allows the more delicate habitats such as chalk grassland and heathland to thrive and survive.

The historic Tiger Inn, East Sussex

Birling Gap walk from the Tiger Inn

This circular walk allows you to enjoy great views over the downs and Easy Sussex coast and feel a sense of the landscape's long history.

Sunrise near Ditchling Beacon in Sussex

Ditchling Beacon to Devil's Dyke, South Downs walk

This route will take you through some of the most stunning parts of the South Downs Way, where you will find wildlife aplenty and see extensive views from the Ditchling Beacon.

A postcard showing the Victorian funicular railway station that took visitors to the village of Poynings

Chasm Explorer

A good three mile walk which takes you to the alleged burial site of the Devil and beyond to Saddlescombe Farm and the donkey wheel

Slindon Views from Bignor Hill

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Take in some beautiful vistas of the largest traditional estate on the South Downs, with earthworks and barrows covered in wild flowers in summer.

Heather in full bloom on Woolbeding Commoon

Woolbeding Landscapes

Enjoy heathland, woodland, views of The Downs, and a riverside ramble in this easy-underfoot circular walk.

Woodland on the Eastern slope at Black Down, West Sussex

Black Down 'Temple of the Winds' walk

The walk goes to the Temple of the Winds. Here you can find one of the best views of the South Downs National Park. This little-known spot has a secret feel and a charming curved stone seat to rest on.