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Walk 1633 - printer friendly version

Charleston Farm & Firle Beacon Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.6 miles / 7.5 km

Ascent - 820 feet / 248 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference TQ471073
Lat 50.8465270 + Long 0.088127235
Postcode BN8 6NY (approx. location only)

This East Sussex walk combines the wonderful views from the South Downs at Firle Beacon with the opportunity to visit Charleston Farm with its bohemian décor and associations with the Bloomsbury set. The start is the main car park in Firle village (grid ref. TQ471073). After parking follow the path across parkland aiming for Firle Tower.

Reaching a bridleway (grid ref. TQ477072)continue east through gate with the Firle Tower to your left. Continue on this bridleway passing Charleston Farm on your right. Reaching the barns, keep right and walk towards the Downs. Cross a track (grid ref. TQ492061) and continue southwards climbing onto the Downs. Reaching the top you meet the South Downs Way. Go right and continue up to the trig point on the summit of Firle Beacon (grid ref. TQ485059) to enjoy the view.

To return to Firle village continue west along the South Downs Way. After passing through a gate bear right (grid ref. TQ480059) to descend across the face of the escarpment on a bridleway. Reaching a T-junction (grid ref. TQ474068) go left and follow the track into Firle village.

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