Alfriston Circular Walk
The riverside village of Alfriston is located in a wonderful spot for exploring the South Downs. This circular walk visits some of the highlights of the area including Cuckmere River and Cuckmere Haven, Seven Sisters Country Park, Long Man of Wilmington and Friston Forest. The route runs for just under 12 miles, using sections of The South Downs Way National Trail and other public trails and paths that run through the countryside to the east of Alfriston.
The walk starts on the eastern side of the village where you cross the river and pick up the South Downs Way trail. Follow it north east and will climb to the Long Man on Wilmington Hill. The striking hill figure is thought to have originated in the Iron Age or even the neolithic period. From the hill top there are fine views over the Downs to the coast.
The trail then heads south and the west to visit the Lullington Heath Nature Reserve. It's a lovely area made up of chalk heath with heather, bell heather and gorse bushes.
The trail then skirts the edge of the expansive Friston Forest before heading through the Seven Sisters Country Park to Cuckmere Haven.
The route then heads back to Alfriston, passing Charleston Manor before a final riverside section leads you back into the village.
Alfriston Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Alfriston Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Alfriston OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Alfriston Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Alfriston
- Firle Beacon - This circular walk takes you to the splendid Firle Beacon in the South Downs
- The South Downs Way - This beautiful 100 mile long trail runs from Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne
- Vanguard Way - This trail runs from the outskirts of London, through Ashdown Forest, Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley to the stunning East Sussex coast.
Route highlights include the lovely Ashdown Forest, the White Horse near Alfriston and the wonderful final coastal stretch that gives views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tidemills beach
- Lewes to Alfriston - A lovely walk from Lewes to Alfriston, first following the River Ouse before picking up the South Downs Way
- Cuckmere River and Cuckmere Haven - This lovely waterside walk takes you along the Cuckmere River from Alfriston to the beautiful Cuckmere Haven on the south coast
- Seven Sisters Country Park - Explore nearly 700 acres of parkland and coast on this delightful circular walk through the South Downs
- Long Man of Wilmington - Climb to this iconic hill figure on Windover Hill on this splendid circular walk in the South Downs
- Friston Forest - Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest on the South Downs near Eastbourne
- Seaford to Eastbourne - This is a popular coastal walk between these two East Sussex towns
The George Inn is a historic pub of some note. It dates all the way back to the 14th century and has a charming interior with low beams and a roaring fire. Outside there's a lovely beer garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub on the High Street at a postcode of BN26 5SY for your sat navs.
The area is excellent for dog walking with open countryside trails and nice woodland paths in Friston Forest. The George Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Back in the village be sure to enjoy a stroll around the Tye where you'll find a picturesque village green and an historic Saxon church. There's also the Alfriston Clergy House which dates from the 15th century and was the first property to be purchased by the National Trust. It has a thatched roof, timber-framed walls and a pretty garden which is well worth seeing.
For another nice circular walk from the village head up to nearby Firle Beacon by following the South Downs Way north west. After enjoying the fine views from the summit you can follow the Comp Lane track back into Alfriston.