Black Down

Heathland in bloom on Black Down with grazing belted galloway cows

The highest point in the South Downs National Park

Black Down

Things to see and do

Walk our trails

A crowd gathered round a demonstration of pole lathing

Countryside crafts day

Bring the family for this great day of traditional craft activities, with a BBQ, willow weaving, making shingles, falconry, a bouncy castle and more......

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.

Walk the Serpent Trail  

Join the South Downs National Park Heathland Officer for a series of guided walks through the 64 mile Serpent Trail over three weekends. This summer challenge yourself to walk the Serpent Trail on a series of guided walks with a heathland expert on 6, 7, 13, 14 and 21 August.

Upcoming events

Community apple pressing day 2016

Sat 24 Sep 2016
Join in a free, family-friendly apple day at Swan Barn Farm. Bring along your own apples and join in using our fantastic heritage press and scratter to make your own apple juice and cider.
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A selection of worked flints found at Black Down, including arrowheads and axes, laid out in a display

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

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 always welcome new members to our friendly team.