New guide for Serpent Trail

Looking for a different walking challenge? The Serpent Trail is a 64-mile path which winds its way through the rare heathlands of the South Downs National Park. The new 36-page guide to the trail includes maps, historical tales and wildlife to look out for along the way.

The walk will take you through beautiful and internationally rare lowland heath habitat, 80 per cent of which has been lost since the early 1800’s, passing through purple heather, green woods and golden valleys of the Sussex greensand hills. The trail and the corridor of heathland habitat created along also links up isolated heathland sites to support species such as the green tiger beetle and Dartford warbler.

The name of the Trail reflects the serpentine shape of the route. Starting with the serpent’s ‘tongue’ in Haslemere High Street, Surrey; the route leads to the ‘head’ at Black Down, West Sussex and from there the ‘body’ turns west, east and west again along the greensand ridges. The trail ‘snakes’ by Liphook, Milland, Fernhurst, Petworth, Fittleworth, Duncton, Heyshott, Midhurst, Stedham and Nyewood to finally reach the serpent’s ‘tail’ at Petersfield in Hampshire.

The guide costs £3 and is available from the South Downs Centre in Midhurst.