Things to see and do at Black Down
Black Down is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy a stroll in the woodland, take your bike down the bridleways, fly a kite or take in the views from the highest point in the South Downs National Park.
Highlights this winter
Along the ridge and near ponds you may see crossbills or you catch sight of a great grey shrike on the western side of the ridge. A spectacular view of the whole of the Weald and the sea can be had on clear bright days from the Temple of the Winds viewpoint. Affectionately described by Lord Tennyson as: 'You came, and looked and loved the view, Long-known and loved by me, Green Sussex fading into blue, With one grey glimpse of sea.'
Walking with the stars
On a summer's evening, get closer to the stars from the highest point in the South Downs National Park. 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 bolder.
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 tranquillity and relax in wide-open spaces.
Horse riding is a great way to appreciate the views. There's a good network of bridleways running through Black Down.
Horse riders, there's no car park space for deboxing, and access to the bridleway is via gates.
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Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
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