A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park South Downs (England) starting at Woodingdean High Street, East Sussex, about 16km (roughly 10 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. This walk covers a quiet section of the South Downs, starting and finishing in the village of Woodingdean. The route starts by going through the beautiful Castle Hill Nature Reserve and then follows a stretch of the South Downs Way before heading to remote Telscombe. Despite being close to the busy south coast, this tiny hamlet feels a long way from anywhere. A perfect way to enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of southeast England. Start: Woodingdean High Street, OS Grid: TQ357064 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Woodingdean High Street, OS Grid: TQ357064 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 422m (1387ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 851m (2794ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 429m (1407ft)
Max. Elevation: 200m (656ft)
Start of the walk. Woodingdean is easy to reach by bus. The start is just a short walk uphill from the end of the line of shops - look for the car park on the brow of the hill.
From the starting point, take the left hand path heading northeast. At the first footpath junction, take the right hand path which joins the South Downs Way. Follow the South Downs Way to the edge of the ridge, where you get views over Kingston village.
Follow the South Downs Way until you reach Mill Hill. From here you can follow the main path to Telscombe, or take the path heading though the valley.
Follow the path to the bridleway. Then head northwest along the bridleway.
Follow the bridleway until you reach a bridleway heading due north (379051). Follow this to Standean Bottom.
Follow the bridleway around the valley back to the start and take your bus home!