Lavington Common in the South Downs National Park felt like Western Sahara

As the title suggests, Lavington Common in the South Downs National Park really did feel like the Western Sahara, or perhaps a little closer, the mountains of Spain during peak summer!! The weather was blistering hot, the land was super arid and exploring the heath was incredible.

This spectacular and very rare pocket of open heathland amongst woodlands was exciting to explore. The sandy soil trails and the scattered heather is home to sand lizards, Green Tiger Beetle and Adders. I did not see any adders!! This type of lowland heath is a very rare, a natural survivor and a place you must visit to experience!

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Inside look…

  • Magnificent arid landscape

  • Amazing hiking trails

  • Mostly gravel / dirt / heather trails

  • Very flat land

  • Wildlife & bird spotting

  • Scenic setting

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Great for short or extended hiking routes

  • No picnic benches and, but great picnic spots

  • No cafe onsite bring food supplies

  • No toilets onsite

  • Free limited parking nearby

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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)