Graffham Nature Reserve – Jungle sandy trails in South Downs National Park

The Graffham Nature Reserve is 38 hectares, deep in the South Downs National Park, I came across by chance and I’m so glad I did. It was a 2 mile hike from my campsite in the blistering summer heat, but the hike within the nature reserve was worth every bit of sweat. This place is spectacular and a stunning, acid pond to boost!

Graffham Nature Reserve is both arid and wet. Plenty of wet seepages creating ideal habitat for cross-leaved heath, purple moor-grass and hare’s-tail cottongrass. In the Graffham Common, some ancient pines to be discovered around the reserve, probably over 150 years old, and many fallen trees and old branches are left where they fall to provide deadwood habitat.

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Inside look…

  • Remote location

  • Beautiful woodland trails

  • Mostly gravel / dirt / sand trails

  • Gentle hills, but some steep uphill climbs

  • Woodland and jungle scape views

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Great for short or extended hiking routes

  • Dragonfly & Damselfly spotting by the acid lake

  • No picnic benches, but good picnic spots

  • No cafe onsite

  • No toilets onsite

  • Off street / lay-by parking

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