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Ditchling Beacon hike (2017 - Session 1)




Date: 1 July 2017
Time: 10:00 – 14:30
We will walk from campus across to Stanmer before climbing through the South Downs National Park to the South Downs ridge at Ditchling Beacon. This is one of the most famous viewpoints in Britain. Bring comfortable footwear; the walk is 11km long.
Note: We will stop for lunch, but there are no cafes or shops on the way, so remember to pack your own food and water. This walk is of moderate difficulty, we will be crossing some muddy fields so bring suitable hiking shoes.



Detailed Description

Ditchling Beacon is the third-highest point on the South Downs in south-east England, it consists of a large chalk hill with a particularly steep northern face, covered with open grassland and sheep-grazing areas, with spectacular views across the weald.  As the name suggests, Ditchling Beacon was one of the chain of fires lit to warn of impending invasions. It was once an Iron Age hillfort, with its steep northern slope used as a natural defence. 


Bring a bottle of water, a packed lunch and a bar of chocolate for extra energy. Don't forget your camera – the views are breath-taking!


For full trip terms and conditions please visit our terms and conditions webpage at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/iss/trips/terms-and-conditions

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