Things to see and do at Black Down

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

Black Down is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy a stroll in the woodland, take your bike down our bridleways, fly a kite or ride the highest point in the South Downs National Park.

Walking with the stars

On a summer's evening, get closer to the stars from the highest point in Sussex. It's been voted one of the top 10 Dark Skies destinations in the country. Away from the light pollution of nearby towns, Black Down’s sweeping skies and unspoilt views make it an ideal spot for observing the stars.


Black Down offers expansive views from every aspect. The land is predominantly open with level terrain. The site is most unusual, with a variety of landscapes. Stroll past peaty bogs, wander through woodland or just find a bench and enjoy the view.


Black Down is ideal for cycling. There are numerous easy-going bridleways or challenging terrain for the more bold.

Horse riding

Horse riding is a great way to appreciate the views. There's a good network of bridleways running through Black Down. Please note: there's no car park space for deboxing, and access to bridleway is via gates.

Kite flying

The best place to fly a kite is from the Hog's Back field above Vale Wood. Here you can also enjoy fabulous views over Vale Wood to the west and Tennyson's Lane ridge to the east. It's a fabulous place to simply relax, soak up the tranquility and relax in wide open spaces.