Walking trail

Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm

Walking trail

Looping over the top of Cradle Hill and down over Hindover Hill to Litlington, this walk takes in great views of secluded farmland and river views as well as a diversion to the village of Litlington.

A varied walk with beautiful countryside views

Spot Canada Geese that feed on the water meadows, birds and insects singing amongst the shrub on the hills, and wildflowers growing in the chalk grassland.

Enjoy far reaching views from  the peace and shelter of Cradle Valley


Map route for over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm walk


High and Over car park, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, grid ref: TQ509011


From the car park cross Alfriston road and turn right, following the road to a stile with a National Trust sign for Frog Firle Farm. Then follow the field boundary round to the left walking in a westerly direction for about one mile (1.6km).


You will go through two field gates and possibly more electric field gates when sheep are grazing.

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When you get to a gate leading onto a hard-surfaced path, turn right. The path, named The Comp, leads from Seaford to Bo Peep hill on the South Downs way. Walk about 110yd (100m) until a footpath sign on the right leads to a narrow path going downhill through the scrub to some steps. Continue along this path leading east until you come out onto more open downland where you follow the path along the valley side.

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As you come to the end of the valley you will start walking up hill to a gate to the Alfriston Road. Carefully cross this road to the gate opposite and continue walking straight on until you get a view of the river. This will give you views across the valley to Friston Forest and also south towards the sea. Now head left. There is a well-trodden path across the grass between the gate you have come from and a gate at the bottom of the field so head down hill.

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From the gate you will continue straight on in a north easterly direction, with Frog Firle Farm barns down below you on your left and the river bending round on the right. There is a gap in the hedgerow as you approach the river and a stile to your left up on the man-made river bank (levee). Go over the stile and follow the levee along the river to the next bridge.

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You will come to a kissing gate by a bridge over the river. Cross the bridge and if you wish to go to Litlington village turn left and immediately right to a tarmac path leading to the Litlington road. Here you can find a couple of cafés and a pub nearby on your right.

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From Litlington Bridge, walk on the opposite side of the river leading south (the opposite direction to Alfriston church) along the levee. This should take you past the reeds to another kissing gate. Follow the river meander round to the next bridge.

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Go over the stile, cross New Bridge and head up the chalk track ahead and slightly to your right. At the top of this short track turn left to walk along the ridge heading west, parallel with the river. You will get to the field gate at the bottom of High and Over Hill that you came through on the way down. You are heading towards the White Horse so before you get to the gate by Alfriston road you need to head left on a path which leads right to the top of the hill.

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Go through the kissing gate and along a narrow path between the bushes taking a left turn at two forks in the path. This will lead you to the viewpoint at High and Over just above the White Horse chalk figure which you can see just on the left if you go through another kissing gate and down a few steps towards the sea views to the south. To get back to the car park just retrace your steps going left at the fork in the path.

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High and Over car park, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, grid ref: TQ509011

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Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm


Some hills with two steep descents and one longer ascent at the end of the walk. Some stiles and throughout is uneven farmland terrain, the valley floor can be muddy but mostly on drier downland turf.

Dogs welcome, on leads where indicated.

Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm

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Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm

How to get here

Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex
By train

Seaford 3.5 miles (5.6km) (from High and Over), Berwick 4 miles (6.4km).

By road

Take the B2108 (Alfriston Road) between Seaford (A259) and Alfriston (A27).

By foot

The Cuckmere Valley lies on the Vanguard Way, a long-distance footpath that begins in Croydon and ends at Newhaven and is also near the South Downs Way, which runs from Winchester to Eastbourne. The nearest place to High and Over on both paths is the River Cuckmere below the White Horse chalk figure. High and Over car park is just above the White Horse chalk figure and pathways leading there are on this walk.

By bus

The number 12A stops at Milberg Road, Seaford for access to Frog Firle Farm. The Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus number 47 stops at High and Over car park for access to Frog Firle Farm and Cradle Valley.

Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm

Facilities and access

  • There are picnic tables near the car park but picnickers are also welcome on the open downland - please take your litter home with you
  • Free car parking at Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve, High and Over and the Golden Galleon in Exceat (customers only)
  • Cafés and pubs (non National Trust) are available in Alfriston and Littlington
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads where signs indicate and clean up after your dog
  • Mobility parking at High and Over car park
  • Circular route on hard surfaced paths from the car park at High and Over
  • There are no toilets on this route but 1 mile (1.6km) from High and Over car park there are toilets and a mobility toilet at Seven Sisters car park, grid reference: TV514993 (not NT: pay and display) and at Alfriston Car Park, grid reference: TQ520032