As a family we have walked the length of the South Downs Way. We started doing this when our youngest was 5 years old and we finished when she was 13. These hikes took place over annual October half-terms. We still love walking up on the Downs and found it a haven during Lockdown.
Walking as a family is wonderful. A real time opportunity to check in on each other. Remember past escapades and plot new adventures. Yes there’s moans and groans. They are normally remedied by “eat whatever you want at the pub”!
There is more to discover in addition to The South Downs Way. There’s a plethora of other great circular walks to discover. The South Downs National Park covers three counties, with traces of past civilisations amongst the hills and paths. These include the Hill Fort at Devils Dyke, and Saddlescombe Farm in the Domesday Book
10 Adventures offers free worldwide Route Guides, including The South Downs. Their downloadable routes feature the best hikes in the South Downs with varying distances, gradients and ease. You can join some of these from The Secret Campsite or drive to a start point close by.
Try the Hassocks to Lewes Hike ( or vice versa), a distance of 18 km, with time length of 5-6 hours. This could be joined from the campsite at Offham. Or perhaps the Glynde and Mount Caburn Hike. 10.5 km long and 3 – 4 hours to complete.
Walks and pubs
Sussex is a great county to explore. The South Downs offer lots of opportunities for short and long hikes. Particularly good hikes are those finishing at the pub. Check out this list from The Telegraph “Perfect pub walks:10 great routes in the South Downs” . Walks situated close to the Secret Campsite include the Weald Walk around East Chiltington finishing at The Jolly Sportsman and the Firle Beacon & Charleston Farmhouse Walk finishing at The Ram Inn
Come and tell us where you walked, it allows us great feedback with other campers too!