A trig point stands against the skyline at Blackcap, South Downs

Important notice -

There is a high fire risk at this time of year which can cause damage to wildlife and the habitat here. Please do not light any fires or barbecues anywhere on site. Thank you

A classic downland experience with secret woodland glades

Blackcap bostal white against the dusk on the South Downs

A walk at Blackcap

Enjoy this secluded gem with sunken bostals, a hidden woodland, views over the Weald and fascinating history.


What's on

Upcoming events

Gildredge House School Exhibition

Mon 18 Nov 2019
Discover the work students from Gildredge House school have produced to inspire environmental care and change.

Christmas Wreath Making

Sat 30 Nov 2019
Use foliage from the South Downs to create a natural Christmas wreath for your home.

Indoor Christmas Fair

Sun 08 Dec 2019
Festive shopping and gifts for all the family under one roof.

Volunteer recruitment coffee morning

Fri 13 Dec 2019
Would you like volunteer at Birling Gap or Alfriston Clergy House? If so then why not come along to one of our coffee mornings.

Festive Family Fun Weekend

Sat 14 Dec 2019
Try out lots of family crafts and activities for one price in our visitor centre

Carols in the cafe

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Bring your best singing voice for festive carols with our choir

Our work

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

South Downs sites we look after  

Discover the incredible diversity of countryside sites across the South Downs, from chalk grassland to river valleys, beech hangars and chalk cliffs.