Where you are going!
Welcome to Sullington Heights.
When our ancient ancestors first moved in to these parts The Weald was a virtually impassable jungle, so in Sullington, they kept mainly to the high ground. Thus, here, the original settlement arose where Sullington Church and Sullington Manor can now be found. The Weald and the hills around it were initially heavily wooded. Once our ancestors moved in, bringing with them the art of agriculture, the downland became cleared for farming. Sheep grazed on The South Downs in Sullington and the neighbourhood, keeping everything trimmed and enriching the downland soil with their dung. Thus the hills took on the grassy green appearance that we are now so familiar with. Nowadays, however, sheep farming on The South Downs in Sullington and its neighbourhood is sparse to absent, and our line of chalky hills is reverting to woodland, causing the loss of flora and fauna characteristic of open downland. Cattle now graze this part of The South Downs, but with different grazing habits and preferences to sheep, they do not keep the hills as well trimmed.
In outline Sullington Hill loosely resembles an arrowhead. As you drive down Sullington Lane, you will pass Sullington Old Rectory. Noel Coward once lived there.
This is a circular walk of just over 3 miles, which will take you up and over Sullington Hill to Chantry Post, and back down again. In places this walk is very steep so be warned! The paths are mostly excellent, however on the lower parts of the walk it can get quite muddy as you would expect. Come prepared! You will, however, be rewarded with, what I hope you will find to be, a very enjoyable walk. At the top, you’ll find some of the finest views in Sussex. You can literally see for miles. Try to come on a clear day, and bring some binoculars! You will also see a large amount of birdlife up here. Oh, and you may also encounter cattle! The containers are mainly 60ml screw top micros, with a few larger containers for coins and trackables.
You can of course do the walk in either direction. I have walked it twice now both ways, and I’ve yet to make up my mind which I prefer! I have numbered it this way, purely to get the worst of any mud out of the way first, so you lose it on the hills, and not on the floor of your car!
As this is slightly more testing to the stamina than normal, I have included a bonus cache mainly for the benefit of any youngsters who may get dragged along! The coords are hidden in two of the containers on the way round. Any kids are welcome to help themselves to a ‘prize’ for completing the walk. One only though please, don’t be greedy! :o)
Have fun and good luck!