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Friston Forest and The Long Man

Explore the beauty of the South Downs with walk leader Michael who will take you from Exceat to Alfriston via Friston Forest, Folkington and the Long Man of Wilmington.   This fascinating walk takes in a working forest, a 13th century church, a mysterious chalk carving and countless interesting things between Exceat and Alfriston that the South Downs Way misses out. Terrain can be a bit uneven, especially if it’s been wet and there will be a few hills and stiles to negotiate on the way.   Alfriston has pubs, cafes, toilets etc and to get back to the start point – you can follow the South Downs Way (coastal route), Cuckmere Riverside path or just get the Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus!

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate distance: 7.5 miles

Start time: 10am

Approximate finish time: 2pm

Meeting point: Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre, BN25 4AB (Grid ref: TV 519 995; W3W: reversed.meatballs.courts).

Public transport links to meeting point: Frequent Brighton and Hove buses (12/12A/12X) stop outside and on weekends, the CCB 47 "Ramblerbus" goes from Berwick- Alfriston-Seaford-Berwick).

Public transport links from end point: CCB 25 Lewes-Alfriston-Eastbourne (infrequent and limited capacity); CCB 26 Seaford- Alfriston-Eastbourne (infrequent and limited capacity); CCB 47 "Ramblerbus" Berwick-Alfriston-Seaford-Berwick (once an hour and weekends only, very limited capacity bus)

Please bring plenty of water. Toilet facilities at the start and end of route only. There is a cafe at the beginning and end of the walk.

Not wheelchair friendly.

Dogs allowed but MUST be under control at all times and on a lead when requested by the walk leader.