Fancy a swift one? Beer mat walks in the South Downs

If having a pint and a pub lunch sounds good, why not add to the occasion and try one of our short beer mat walks on the South Downs? They all include a pub stop to keep you refreshed...

Sunset looking north from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

South Downs 

These are a series of gentle circular strolls around the Sussex downs, all starting from a country pub. Walking is the best way to explore a new place or rediscover your local area while getting some fresh air and gentle exercise. However, if you find the thought of a long country hike a bit daunting, you’re not alone. We've put together a series of six short circular walks (1hr to 1½ hrs) in five different areas across the South Downs.

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.

A black and white checkered marbled white butterfly rests on a flowerhead

Walk on Fulking

A moderate circular walk, starting and finishing at the Shepherd and Dog pub, comprising ancient landscapes and breathtaking views.

Slindon folly, built in 1814 for the Countess of Newburgh's picnic parties

Slindon Estate, West Sussex

This walk around Nore Hill Folly from The George Inn at Eartham is perfect for warm days in spring, with much of the route overhung and shaded by trees. Feast your eyes on the superb show of bluebells here, from as early as mid-April.

A marbled white butterfly rests on knapweed in a wild flower meadow

Black Down trail: Shottermill to Marley Common and Cognor Wood

Walk through ancient millponds onto Marley Common with its impressive beech trees, then through woods into a working sweet chestnut coppice, before heading uphill to a summer meadow.

A footpath along the edge of the gently flowing Rother, fringed with ancient trees and low lying plants

Woolbeding Countryside - River Rother and Midhurst

Enjoy this easy walk along the River Rother starting and returning to Midhurst's charming main street.