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Castle Hill Nature Reserve - car-free thanks to cooking oil!

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park South Downs in East Sussex, England, about 5.50km (3.42 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 143m (469ft)
Descent 40m (131ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 183m (600ft)
Start & End
Falmer railway station
Distance 5.50km
Duration ~2:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 06 Feb 2008
This short walk is close to several other car-free walks on the site, but worth highlighting on its own as one of the finest spots in this part of the South Downs. You'll feel miles from busy city life out here. It's also good for spotting wildlife - hares, foxes, badgers and birds of prey can all be found out here. For an even more eco-friendly walk, why not travel from Brighton by the Big Lemon bus - run on recycled cooking oil! Check the website for bus times: www.thebiglemon.com

Walk Functions


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OS Grid TQ346087
As Falmer serves two universities, there are regular trains here. You can also catch Big Lemon or Bright and Hove buses here, which stop either outside the station or across the dual carriageway (head for the tunnel under the road).
OS Grid TQ353088
From the station, turn right and follow the road up to Falmer village. Walk through the village to the gateway just before the main road.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid TQ365076
Follow the path alongside the road - not the nicest start to a walk, but it gets better! Follow the bridleway that heads east towards Newmarket Plantation. Just before the trees, take the path heading directly uphill.
About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
OS Grid TQ370068
Drop down the other side of the hill into the nature reserve - time it right and you will have the whole place to yourself to enjoy!
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid TQ382070
Follow the valley out of the nature reserve and past the old farm buildings. There is a clear path along the valley floor through Balsdean Bottom. The path then heads uphill and joins the South Downs way.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid TQ380077
The South Downs way continues back round to become the Juggs Road. Follow the track back towards Falmer, enjoying fine views back down into the nature reserve.
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from

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