Long Man of Wilmington


Starting Point: Butts Lane Car Park, Willingdon

50°47’ North :  0°14’ East

Length: 7.6 miles.  Total Ascent: 958 feet.


Butts Lane Car Park can be accessed by car either by driving up Wish Hill in Willingdon and turning left after the Red Lion pub, or by driving up Coopers Hill in Willingdon and turning right after the Wheatsheaf pub. Eastbourne residents can park free using the Eastbourne Residents Card.

Look for the parking meter and next to it you will see a signpost. Follow the arrow to Combe  Hill and Wannock.  

Pass through the gate. There is a fence on your left. Follow the chalk path closest to this fence. It bears to the left and then to the right, keeping fairly close to the fence.

Just over 0.5 miles from the start, the path passes two small wooden copses on the left. There is a gap between them with a stile. Turn left downhill to cross the stile and continue to follow the path downhill.

Follow the path to pass a waypost about 200 yards away down the hill. Keep following the path which bears slightly to the right to another way post. Keep to the right of this waypost (there is a path leading to the left at this point) and continue straight ahead to a gate about 150 yards away down the hill. Go through gate to follow path downhill. The path ends with some steep steps leading to the Jevington Road. Take care as there is no pavement.

Cross the road to the Eight Bells pub and turn left past the pub. Follow the pavement which comes away from the road and heads towards St. Andrew’s Church. Having passed through the churchyard you immediately arrive at a junction with a wide track. You may notice a waypost at this junction with the SDW (South Downs Way) indicated. Take a right turn and follow the path uphill. Keep walking uphill through the woods and you come to a crossroads of tracks. Carry straight on, always following the signs for the South Downs Way.

Almost at the top of the hill you emerge from the woodland to a crossroads. Turn right here to follow the signposted South Downs Way. As you walk slightly uphill you pass through a walkers’ gate. Be sure at this point to stop and view wonderful views out to the sea on your left. Keep following the signs for the South Downs Way until you start to approach a wide metal farm gate alongside a walkers’ gate. You will notice another wide farm gate and walkers’ gate about 40 yards to the right. Proceed to this righthand gate.

Stop here for a while to admire the view across the Weald to the north of Eastbourne. To the left you will see the escarpment of the South Downs. Arlington reservoir is the large stretch of water in front of you and the views are glorious. The Long Man is hidden below you to the left.

Follow the white chalk track downhill and after about 20 yards you will see a series of narrow grass tracks going to the left. Any of these will take you to The Long Man but be careful; the slope is quite steep.

Return to the white chalky downhill path. It bears around at to the right. At the bottom of the hill turn right along another while chalky path. After 600 yards you come to a walkers’ gate. Pass through it and downhill for about 20 yards to a wider path and bear to the right.

After 700 yards you come to Saint Peters Church at Folkington. Bear slightly right passing the church on your left. Continue for 1.3 miles along this track until you get to a wide green metal gate (which will probably be open) and a junction. Turn left following the red arrow on the signpost indicating the way back to Jevington. Keep walking along this track past a white house on your left and then another white house on your right to get to the main road

At the main road turn right. You will arrive at the Eight Bells pub once more. At the pub, look out for the bus stop sign opposite where you will see some ascending steps which lead the way back to the Butts Lane car park.

You are now retracing your steps which you took at the start of the walk. You walk uphill remembering to keep the first waymark post to your right, crossing the stile and then continue straight on up the hill following the path till you get to another stile by some woodland. Turning right shortly after the stile to follow the chalky path you walked at the start of the walk. This path brings you back to the car park.


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Get up close to the Long Man of Wilmington

Type:Town Trail

Butts Brow Car Park, Butts Lane, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 9EP

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