Scenic Sussex Downs Camp & Hike 2021
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Grab your camping gear and come along to this incredibly scenic part of the South Downs, with opportunity to witness iconic downland views, and camp within a few minutes' walk of the beautiful village of Alfriston with a choice of pubs and tearooms (insofar as Covid restrictions permit).
Alfriston is a traditional East Sussex village, not far from Eastbourne and Lewes, which lies on the South Downs Way and the River Cuckmere. It is home to the Alfriston Clergy House, which is the the first built property to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896 for £10. The characterful Star Inn was originally a religious hostel for pilgrims and monks built in 1345, becoming an inn in the 16th century. It has a beautiful village green and a Grade I listed church that was built in the 1370s, and is known as the 'Cathedral of the Downs'.
The main highlight of the weekend will be a day walk on the Saturday that will be approximately 12-14 miles in length, to include views from the top of the Downs of surrounding areas, and including a pub stop for drinks. There will also be opportunities to explore the local area, including the attractions offered by Alfriston. On Sunday, there may be a group expedition involving a shorter walk, to explore the area further.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs with owners that clean up after them are welcome on this site.
Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes: Welcome, but electric hook-up is not available.
Photos: All photos by the event leader and full permission given to OutdoorLads for their use.
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- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- This event takes place after 21 June 2021, which is currently the earliest date by which the Government hopes that we will have entered Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown. At step 4, the Government hopes to have removed all legal limits on social contact.
- It is possible that Step 4 takes place at a date later than 21 June 2021 and could affect this event. We will review the situation as things change and will advise members signed up to the event if there are changes necessary to ensure compliance with restrictions in place at the time of the event.
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What to bring
A tent (or a firm offer of sharing someone else's) - and accessories to suit your needs. Remember the pegs!
A roll mat or airbed (with pump if necessary)
A sleeping bag and pillow: make sure it is warm enough for the expected weather conditions
A torch: It's not advisable to rely on your phone torch - and the campsite gets dark!
Cooking equipment: a gas burner and small saucepan is probably sufficient. If you don't have your own you could buddy up with someone who is happy to share.
Bottles for water
Food and drink: see above
Camping chair (optional but advisable if practical to bring one - or you could ask someone else to bring one to lend you)
A power pack for your phone
For the Hike
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring packed lunches for the walks
Food & drink
You will need to supply all your own food and drink on this weekend as per a traditional camping event.
The Village Store is advertised as open until 7pm Mon-Sat and until 5pm Sun. Expect to find baguettes and upmarket deli produce, it is also an off-licence. There are supermarkets and convenience stores in Seaford approximately 4 miles away. There is no shop on the campsite itself.
See the village website www.alfriston-village.co.uk for information on pubs and eateries in the village.