Posted 29 March 2019 by Andrew Gardner
Here's an easy walk between the pretty village of Alfriston and the iconic Long Man at Wilmington, using sections of the South Downs Way plus local paths. It's not a circular route but it takes just 1hr (without stops) so you could make it a there-and-back, perhaps pausing for a picnic at the Long Man or a pub lunch in Alfriston. There's a car park at each end or you can use public transport – at the time of writing, bus route 125 (though not on public holidays) covers Wilmington, Alfriston and Polegate, which is accessible by train.
And of course, if you're staying in one of our South Downs holiday cottages near Alfriston you could leave the car behind and add this to a walk from your doorstep. The views are stunning and the scenery delightful, whichever way you look. We've given directions from Wilmington, so grab a map or a download and set out to explore this lovely patch of the South Downs.
At Wilmington, look for your path opposite the little Priory Car Park, from which you can see the Long Man (or bits of him – it takes a while to get the whole figure into view).
Keeping the road on your right, follow this path and you'll reach an information sign at the Long Man's feet – at this point you're right up close to the mythical figure.
Continue on the same path, now heading away from the Man, cross another track and head uphill, past an animal pen. This section gives fantastic views to the sea and the Litlington White Horse, another mysterious chalk figure on the South Downs.
Now go downhill, cross the road (your path is directly opposite) and a private drive, then cross the next road, looking for your path ahead and to your right. After crossing two bridges turn left into St Andrews churchyard, then sharp right up a narrow alley, and you'll very soon reach the main street of Alfriston.
Our Sussex self-catering cottages are perfectly placed for this walk and many more sensational rambles, so what are you waiting for – book yours now!
Perfect for: ancient chalk figures; pretty villages; sea and South Downs views.