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Black Down, West Sussex, from Haslemere

County/Area - Surrey & West Sussex

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km

Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SU897329
Lat 51.088411 // Long -0.720626
Postcode GU27 1DB (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

This is a walk that starts and finishes at the same point in Surrey (Haslemere) but in which the main objective (Black Down) is in nearby Sussex. At 917 feet, Black Down is the highest point in West Sussex. If using your own transport, an easy way to the top is from the car park at the end of Tennyson's Lane from where it is a gentle walk through woodland of a mile or so. This walk route features a longer route which offers more of a challenge and variety of scenery, starting and finishing at Haslemere rail station. Gradients are mostly gentle but there are a couple of sections which are fairly steep in places. The many public footpaths and bridleways on and near to Black Down, along with some secondary roads, means that variations on route possibilities are many. For the most part, altitude is gained gradually.

GPS Files - Notes

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These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Britain is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps preferably at 1:25000 scale. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed and corrective action taken if necessary.

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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1424 The Midhurst Way - Haslemere Stn to Midhurst Bus Stn - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km

Walk 1514 Gibbet Hill & the Devil's Punch Bowl from Haslemere - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2232 Midhurst and Woolbeding - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 1425 Midhurst Way - Petworth to Midhurst - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 3406 The Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Further Information

Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.


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