Harting Down – Hiking imposing hill-top views and hidden valleys in South Downs National Park

The Harting Down is deep in the South Downs National Park, a wonderful area for hiking, mountain biking, trail running or a simple, family day out and a picnic. I decided to hike about a 5 mile loop around this area of outstanding beauty. The National Trust has done a superb job of maintaining most of the area, and the areas along the bridle ways may be private, but nevertheless, fantastically maintained. This Harting Down hike is impressive from the very start and I would certainly do it again, only this time, possibly as part of the South Downs Way!

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Inside look…

  • Remote location

  • Magnificent panoramic views

  • Some woodland trails

  • Mostly gravel / dirt / grass trails

  • Gentle hills, and some very steep uphill climbs

  • Valley views

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Great for short or extended hiking routes

  • No picnic benches, but good picnic spots

  • No cafe onsite

  • No toilets onsite

  • Free parking onsite. Consider donating to the upkeep

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Basic packing list…

  • Cash / Credit Card

  • Spare change in coins

  • Pen / Notebook (if you like to take notes)

  • Camera / Phone (great picture opportunities)

  • Lay