Heart of Sussex Walk


Sunday 2 July 2017


South Downs, Sussex

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Whether you’re a dedicated walker or fancy a day out with your family, join us on a walk along the beautiful South Downs. Suitable for all abilities, you can choose from four routes including the 5 mile family walk.

It's a great event for all the family - why not bring your family, friends and dogs along for a fun day out.

The Heart of Sussex walk is free to enter and there is no minimum fundraising target. All we ask is to please raise as much as you can for our life saving research.

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Take part

When: Sunday 2 July 2017

Where: South Downs, Sussex

Heart of Sussex Walk is a fun-filled family event and it's free to take part. You can choose to walk 5, 8, 15 or 21 miles. 

It is free to sign up to take part in the Heart of Sussex Walk and all we ask is for you to set your own fundraising goal and help raise funds for our life saving research.  If you are not sure what target to set we suggest sponsorship or a donation of £30 or more but really all we ask is you do the best you can!

Download your Heart of Sussex Walk sponsorship form.

Participants under 18 must complete an offline entry form and participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult on the day.

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For more information

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]


Location and travel

This walk follows one route starting at Clayton Windmills. Walkers then join at the relevant start points for their chosen distance. Below are the locations for each start point. All walkers finish at the Alfriston War Memorial Hall next to the Parish Church.

Clayton Windmills, Sussex, BN6 9PG

Swan Inn, Falmer start location

Swan Inn, Middle Street, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9PD

Southease start location

Southease, Itford Farm, Sussex, BN8 6JS

Firle Beacon start location

Firle Beacon, Firle Beacon Car Park, BN8 6LR

Raise money

Your registration fee covers the cost of running the event – it’s the sponsorship you raise that will help fund our life saving research

The easiest way to collect sponsorship is to create an online fundraising page via JustGiving and share it with your family, friends and colleagues.

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If you’d prefer to collect cash you can use our sponsorship form to keep track of your donations.

Get fit for your challenge

Take the opportunity to improve your fitness before the walk. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our training zone.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.

Make sure you have the right kit

You should wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for walking in rocky and uneven terrain.

Take a look at our recommended kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you, or treat yourself to some new gear from our online shop.

Get your family and friends involved

Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and cheer you on.

Route and times

The route starts at Clayton Windmills and makes its way to Falmer where we'll be joined by those doing the 15-mile route. From here, it follows the ridge of the South Downs to Southease where people who take part in the 8-mile walk will join us. Next, we make our way to Firle where the 5-mile Family Walk starts. The paths from here onwards are suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. All walkers finish at the Alfriston War Memorial Hall next to the Parish Church.

There are 7 checkpoints (including the finish). At the start you will be given a numbered Checkpoint Card to be stamped at each of the checkpoints, and a map with route directions.

On the day times:

Start out from Clayton Windmills (21m)   08.00 - 09.00 
Arrive and leave Swan Inn, Falmer (15m)  08.30 - 09.30
Arrive and leave Southease (8m) 09.30 - 11.30
Arrive and leave Firle (5m Family Walk)  11.00 - 13.00 
Event finishes at Alfriston  18:00 

Please note that all those walking the 21-mile route must pass through Southease by 14.00 in order to reach Alfriston.

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Toilets are available at Falmer, Southease and Alfriston. Unfortunately, there are no changing rooms or locker/bag storage facilities.

Refreshments will be available at each checkpoint. There will be additional refreshments and items for sale at Alfriston.

Car parking is available in the fields at Clayton Windmills, Falmer and Southease and in the car park at Firle Beacon. 

We'll be providing transport back to each starting point from Alfriston by our volunteer mini bus driver. If you require transport, please complete the relevant section on the sign up form, or give us a call: 0300 330 3322.

Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead for designated sections of the walk.


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