Jan Kraus
24 April 2022photo story5 min read
A view Long Man of Wilmington, East Sussex, UK
A view Long Man of Wilmington, East Sussex, UK

The Long Man of Wilmington hike

Going for a countryside walk on weekend is a great way to spend time. This Saturday I went for another group hike, this time from Berwick to Eastbourne, with the highlight of visiting The Long Man of Wilmington a human figure carved on the slopes of Windover Hill near Wilmington, East Sussex, England.

It’s only my second hike with Outdooraholics group, but I’m really enjoying them. This weekend we went by train from London Victoria to a Berwick where we started our walk through small villages of East Sussex county.

East Sussex county countryside

Arlington Reservoir, Arlington, East Sussex, England, UK
Arlington Reservoir, Arlington, East Sussex, England, UK

After leaving the train station we briefly followed the side of Arlington Reservoir and then turned towards Arlington village. The weather was fantastic: sunny, but not too warm, with a little bit of chilly wind.

St Pancras’s Church in Arlington Village, East Sussex, England, UK
St Pancras’s Church in Arlington Village, East Sussex, England, UK

The tour led us via public footpaths, through beautiful countryside land crossing multiple gates and fences.

A public footpath sign on one of the many gates we've crossed.
A public footpath sign on one of the many gates we've crossed.

We crossed some lush, green fields with growing crops.

Public path leading through growing field crops
Public path leading through growing field crops

Wilmington village

Around noon we’ve reached the village of Wilmington and followed a short walk through main road admiring its picturesque houses.

Some highlights from Wilmington village, East Sussex, England, UK
Some highlights from Wilmington village, East Sussex, England, UK

Stopping for a brief rest at St Mary and St Peter’s Church we’ve admired the tranquillity of the old place.

The churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
The churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

The churchyard is dominated by the stunning Yew tree that is 1600 years old!

The trunk of the Yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
The trunk of the Yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

Due to its age, the tree was supported by multiple wooden pillars and had some chains pulling in together old, heavy branches.

Yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
Yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

Yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
Yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and St. Peter's Church, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

The Long Man of Wilmington

The "Long Man of Wilmington" also known as "Wilmington Giant", Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
The "Long Man of Wilmington" also known as "Wilmington Giant", Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

Refreshed by the the shade of great yew tree, we continued the walk just for couple minutes to be surprised by the stunning views of the highlight of this walk - the Long Man of Wilmington also known as Wilmington Giant. It’s a 70m tall figure of a man carved on the side of the hill.

A hill figure of the Long Man of Wilmington, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
A hill figure of the Long Man of Wilmington, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

We walked the gentle, curved path leading us towards the hill and after a while we stopped in front of the “giant” for a short lunch break. It was also a great opportunity to admire stunning panoramic view of the village and its surroundings.

Panoramic view towards North from the base hill under the Long Man, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
Panoramic view towards North from the base hill under the Long Man, Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

Beautiful scenery of farm land around Wilmington village, East Sussex, England, UK
Beautiful scenery of farm land around Wilmington village, East Sussex, England, UK

Farmlands stretching towards buildings of Wilmington village, East Sussex, England, UK
Farmlands stretching towards buildings of Wilmington village, East Sussex, England, UK

Again, multiple "layers" of fields close to Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK
Again, multiple "layers" of fields close to Wilmington, East Sussex, England, UK

Rested, our group embark for the next part of the hike, first around Wilmington hill and then following South Downs Way in the direction of Eastbourne.

St. Mary and St. Peter's Church and some buildings of Wilmington seen from the Wilmington hill, East Sussex, England, UK
St. Mary and St. Peter's Church and some buildings of Wilmington seen from the Wilmington hill, East Sussex, England, UK

Walking towards Eastbourne

Its really great when the 2nd part of hike offer some interesting sights as it gives a bit of extra motivation to move the legs when they not as fresh as they were in the morning. That was also true in this case!

There isn’t much to say about that, but rather just soak your eyes in the beauty of the environment, landscape and nature of the areas we walked through.

We some country roads.

Trees forming natural roof over this gentle, country road. In the summer it will be completely covered!
Trees forming natural roof over this gentle, country road. In the summer it will be completely covered!

A a normal, country road can even look interesting
A a normal, country road can even look interesting

My group is disappearing in the distance. But look at the trees!
My group is disappearing in the distance. But look at the trees!

We walked through some thickets and woods.

Just a nice view on the woods passed by
Just a nice view on the woods passed by

We walked through beautiful, mysterious “green tunnels” as I call them.

I love walking narrow paths leading through green scenery like this!
I love walking narrow paths leading through green scenery like this!

Another segment of this magical, twisted path leading you into the unknown
Another segment of this magical, twisted path leading you into the unknown

All that twisted roots looks awesome!
All that twisted roots looks awesome!

We walked along some fields and farmland.

Peaking through some thicket towards farmland
Peaking through some thicket towards farmland

Small cottage somewhere in the countryside
Small cottage somewhere in the countryside

A desktop wallpaper-like view, just at the reach of your footsteps
A desktop wallpaper-like view, just at the reach of your footsteps

We walked by some farm animals.

A pair of sheep strolling across the meadow
A pair of sheep strolling across the meadow

A Horse looking curiously that the passing by visitors
A Horse looking curiously that the passing by visitors

Eastbourne

Finally, we began approaching Eastbourne, admiring the buildings at the town outskirts.

A view on the buildings of Eastbourne,
A view on the buildings of Eastbourne,

A view on the buildings of Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK
A view on the buildings of Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK

We were rushed a little by a bit stronger wind and some haziness visible at the shore. But the rain didn’t come and we descended towards the seaside for some refuelling meal and the train back to London.

For a moment, a great light highlighted couple of the buildings visible from the hill
For a moment, a great light highlighted couple of the buildings visible from the hill

Extras

  • For more details, walking map and some highlights check the Komoot tour embedded below:
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