GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Firle Beacon

4 miles (6 km)

This circular walk takes you to the splendid Firle Beacon in the South Downs. The route makes use of the The South Downs Way and various bridleways and country lanes to take you to the beacon from the pretty village of Firle.
The start point for the walk is the little village of Firle, located just a few miles from Lewes. You can enjoy a stroll through the village with its three pubs, old church, cricket green and little pond. You will also pass Firle Place and its surrounding grounds. The old manor house wasfirst built in the late 15th century by Sir John Gage. The route follows a bridleway around the grounds of the house before ascending to Firle Beacon. From the 712 feet (217 m) summit there are wonderful views over the Weald towards the south coast. The Firle Escarpmentis also aSite of Special Scientific Interest. The large area of chalkland is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Look out for the rare spider orchid Ophrys sphegodes and Exmoor Ponies as you make your way through this lovely area.
From the beacon summit you descend on the South Downs Way before picking up Firle Bostal country lane to take you back to the village. This lane is shown on the google street view link below.
It's easy to extend your walk by continuing west from the beacon along the South Downs Way to Beddingham Hill. Another option is to start the walk from the nearby village of Alfriston on the Cuckmere River. You can then follow the South Downs Way to the beacon via Bostal Hill.
You could also visit the lovely Mount Caburn Nature Reserve with its interesting plants, flowers and wildlife.

Firle Beacon Postcode

BN8 6LP
N.B Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

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Firle Place

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View across the Weald from Firle Beacon

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Scarp of South Downs near West Firle

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On the South Downs Way approaching the beacon

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View towards Firle Tower

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View to the northwest across Firle to Mount Caburn

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View southwest towards Newhaven from Firle Beacon

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View towards Firle Village from Firle Bostal

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Elevation Profile

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GPS Files

GPX File

Firle Beacon.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Firle Beacon.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

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