Course Description

Leg 1    Seaford Fire Station – Bo Peep – Alfriston – Littlington    7.1 miles

  • Begin on Cradle Hill Road outside Seaford Fire Station
  • Head R 150yds along Cradle Hill Rd to where road ends & tarmac path begins
  • Follow path for 0.25m until it veers L & heads up short rise to edge of field
  • Follow path as it veers R & follow for 0.3m along border between 2 fields to BG
  • Cross BG & follow path 100yds to 2nd BG
  • Cross BG onto golf course (CARE!! – golfers playing across route from both directions)
  • Follow path straight ahead 150yds to Bridleway marker post
  • At post, turn 90˚ R & follow blue posts 300yds over brow of hill & across 2 fairways to BG
  • Cross BG & turn L onto path, continuing 0.75m to BG
  • Cross BG & continue along path for further 0.5m to another BG
  • Cross BG & follow path across field, reaching BG after further 0.5m
  • Cross BG & follow path for 0.5m up gradual incline to BG at Bo Peep car park
  • Cross BG & carry straight on 50yds to 2nd BG
  • Cross BG & turn R onto SDW, through another BG & 400yds up short hill on chalk track
  • Follow SDW over brow of hill & along ridge (ignore track to R) for 0.5m to BG
  • Cross BG & continue along track for 0.25m to wooden FG
  • Cross FG & follow SDW 0.5m down hill to BG
  • Cross BG & follow SDW through hedge & down flint track for 0.25m, before following track round to L & steeply downhill for further 0.25m to tarmac road (Kings Ride)
  • Follow Kings Ride (sticking to pavement) 300yds down to crossroads
  • Go straight across onto Star Lane & follow down to High St (CARE! – No pavement!)
  • Turn R onto Alfriston High St & cross to other side (CARE! – No Marshall!)
  • Continue along High St for 30yds & look for SDW turning to L (signposted ‘St Andrews Church’)
  • Turn L down alley, continuing straight ahead down flint wall lined path when path splits after 30yds
  • Follow path straight on 50yds to footbridge
  • Cross bridge & turn R immediately through stile, following track along river bank
  • Follow river bank for 1 mile (crossing 3 stiles/BGs) to next footbridge at Littlington & Checkpoint 1

 Leg 2    Littlington – Alfriston – Firle     6.3 miles 

  • Cross bridge & turn R immediately through stile, following river back along opposite bank
  • Follow river for 1 mile (crossing 2 stiles) to Alfriston, passing church, village green & finally bridge
  • Look for alley off to L opposite bridge
  • Turn L & head up flint wall lined alley to Alfriston High St
  • Turn R onto High St & cross to other side (CARE! – No Marshall!)
  • Continue along High St for 50yds before bearing L at fork in road down West St
  • Follow West St for 0.5m to end (CARE! – No pavement)
  • Continue straight ahead onto chalk track (signposted ‘Comp Barn’)
  • Follow chalk track, passing converted barn on L after 0.3m.
  • Ignore tracks to L & R after further 0.3m
  • Continue along track, passing signposted track to Alciston on R after further 0.75m
  • Pass through Bopeep Farm after 0.4m & follow path straight across road onto other side
  • Ignore tracks to L & R after further 0.75m
  • Continue to skirt bottom of downs, reaching red brick cottage after further mile
  • Ignore tracks off 90˚ to L&R & follow path as it bears L alongside cottage into woods
  • Follow track for further mile over small hill & alongside flint wall
  • Follow track as it veers 90˚ R & on 50yds to Place Farm
  • Ignore private road straight ahead and head 90˚ L onto path following hedge across field
  • After 0.25m, path meets Firle Bostal road.
  • Turn R onto road, following it for 0.25m to road junction & Checkpoint 2.

Leg 3    Firle – Beddingham – Firle Beacon – Bo Peep     5.3 miles

  • Follow road N for 0.25m, looking for post-box on L (located at road junction 100yds from A27)
  • At post-box, turn L onto concrete track & follow 0.2m to barn
  • Follow path as it curves up small rise to L of & behind barn
  • Follow indistinct path 0.25m along border between 2 fields
  • At end of path, look for BG partially obscured in hedgerow
  • Cross BG & follow path 250yds down through field to wooden FG
  • Cross FG & head 250yds up through field to BG (ignoring stile marked ‘private ‘ to L)
  • Cross BG & carry on straight ahead 50yds along track to road
  • Turn L onto road, following for 0.25m towards downs & base of steep hill
  •  Follow road straight ahead for 0.75m up Beddingham Hill, ignoring smaller paths to L & R
  •  Reach cattle grid at top of hill & turn L along SDW towards Firle radio beacons
  • Follow SDW for 0.75m past beacons, across BG to car park at top of Firle Bostal
  • Follow SDW through car park & across 3 BGs for 1.5m up gradual hill to Firle Beacon
  •  Follow SDW along ridge for 0.75m, down small slope & across BG to Bo Peep car park & Checkpoint 3.

Leg 4    Bo Peep – Norton – Bishopstone – Fiveways – Seaford Fire Station    7.9 miles

  •  Pass through BG heading South towards coast
  • Take RH fork where path divides 150yds after BG & follow indistinct path 0.5m across field to BG
  • Cross BG & follow path 0.5m downhill across field to BG
  • Cross BG & follow path alongside fence gradually uphill for 0.5m to another BG
  • Cross BG & follow path 0.3m across field, past Bridleway marker post to BG
  • Cross BG & follow path 0.5m down steep hill alongside hedge to bottom of valley
  • Look for path curving off to L & follow 0.3m up short steep hill between hedges
  • Look for chalk path off to L
  •  Follow path steeply downhill as it widens into track & road before reaching Norton after 1 mile
  • Look for stile off to R opposite point where wide gravel track meets road from L
  • Cross & follow path for 0.5m uphill, passing telegraph posts & trough before reaching fence
  • At fence, turn 90˚ L & follow fence 0.2m to 2 BGs close together
  •  Cross 2 BGs & follow path 0.25m across middle of field & then steeply downhill
  • Follow path for 0.25m as it passes sheep pens to R before passing through woods onto road
  •  Turn L onto road (CARE! – No pavement or marshal!) & follow 0.5m into Bishopstone
  • 100yds after reaching 1st houses in Bishopstone & at brow of small hill, look for gravel track to R