Sunday, 6 January 2019

South Downs National Park and East Sussex

White Figures

white-horse.jpg Distance: 9.66 miles
Ascent: 264 metres
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

25. Cuckmere River and Norton Top from Alfriston

choose-love.jpg Distance: 4.86 miles
Ascent: 238 metres
Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes

9. Firle Beacon and Charleston Farmhouse

long-man.jpg Distance: 8.62 miles
Ascent: 368 metres
Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes

21. Alfriston, Long Man of Wilmington and Jevington

The Long Man of Wilmington must be one of the country's most famous white hill figures, said to be the tallest figure of a human in Western Europe. I passed it towards the end of this equally epic walk, and near the beginning passed a smaller chalk figure that I'd not known before: a white horse facing the village of Littlington. On the stretch of path joining the two I found my favourite figure though: a simple chalk drawing of downland on a fence post, annotated with the words "choose love".

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