The South Downs Way (10 mins) may be the celebrated trail of the National Park, but in reality, it is criss crossed with public footpaths. Walking in this beautiful countryside is nothing but a pleasure, but stopping at one of the Downland pubs on the way back, is so much more than that!
There are no prizes for guessing that one of the major attractions of Firle is it’s proximity to the The South Downs Way. In fact, Firle Beacon (just 10 steep mins from Roundhill & 25 mins from Firle Camp) is one of the SDW’s best known landmarks. Bonfires are lit there in times of war (The Spanish Armada in 1588) and peace (the Queens Jubillee June 2012), so the whole area is steeped in history.
It is therefore a given that the walking is some of the most beautiful in the UK. However, it is not just the Downs that campers have access to. There are also substantial and varied walks on the Firle Estate as well. In fact, it is a veritable feast of walks….a banquet of walks may be a better description!
Top tip; If you have young children & want to avoid the slog up the hill, there is a car park at Firle Beacon (BN8 6LR), but a quieter place (and walk) is from the car park (BN26 6UJ) at the top of Bo Peep Lane. It’s also closer to the beautiful Alciston and The Rose Tree Cottage Inn (01323 870377 – don’t talk to the parrot!).