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Name:Black Down
Hill number:2908
Height:280m / 919ft
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:West Sussex (CoU)
County (CoH):Sussex, West (CoH)
County (CoA):West Sussex (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Arun, Thames
Watershed:Land's End to Dover, Dover to Cape Wrath, Greater Thames Estuary
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:SU 91947 29634
Summit feature:knoll
Col:89m  SU782315  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 186 197
(1:25k) OL33 133
Observations:knoll is 30m NNE of trig point (SU 91935 29610) and about 0.75m higher
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • West Sussex (1974) administrative county top
  • Sussex, West historic county top
  • West Sussex current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 353 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From car park at top of Fernden Road.Longwojo02/08/2019
Lots of horses and dogs.summitter14/06/2019
Easy stroll from the car park. Trig point not visible from any of the main paths.Isambard22/05/2019
Flight from Homestead FarmIcarus28/03/2019
With Val. From car park to the north. A lot of paths through woods but saw the TP and from there got to the summit. Good weather.mike.hoult19/03/2019
Gentle stroll to Temple of the Winds then top, from Windy Gap car park, with Mariemazz17/02/2019
From the car park to the North at 92248 30635. A delightful walk through mixed woodland along the Serpent Trail to trig and nearby high point. Sunny.NormanW14/02/2019
As part of a 26km lopp around Fernhurst in the drizzle.atreides788719/01/2019
Last walk before heading home for Cumbria. Nice sunny morning, have loved the Surrey Hills. Will be back.nickywood122/11/2018
From car park at SU 922306. There are many more tracks on the ground than are marked on the OS map, but kept heading S and up; trig is just within the trees to the E of a clear area.Isbjorn09/11/2018
Walked from Rec Ground CP in Scotland Lane, Haslemere. Interesting woodland, though summit area a bit tangly.IanHHill26/09/2018
Circular walk from Northchapel via Lurgashall. Glorious day, views from the temple superb. The rather lonely looking trig point is most easily found via a path leading off from the easterly n/s path running over the top.jedthehumanoid13/09/2018
With StephenBen Tindal10/09/2018
Trail run from the car parkdc9602/09/2018
Climbed for nearby SDGT geocacheJamesA6028/08/2018
With E & M. A hot and sunny day. Dry and sandy underfoot. From Haslemere station > Shepherds Hill > footpath beside Haslemere cricket club > Stedlands Farm > Valewood Farm House > Chase Wood > Ridden Corner > Sussex Border Path > Serpent Trail then into trig point and small knoll of county summit. Lunch at Temple of the Winds, great views. Return via footpath by Cotchet Farm and back by same route to Haslemere and a well earned pint to quench our thirsts at The Swan. 12.5k. A great walk.Beeliner08/07/2018
Parked in Tennyson's lane and walked up to Black down, admired the views and found the trig point before setting out to Marley Heights and Hatch Farm hill. 5 hours later back where I started. Sunny day - probably needed more sunscreen!Buck18/05/2018
With K from NAshley10/03/2018
High potential on the steep slippery mud descent to rival today's luge sliders at Pyeongchang . No 'tea tray' required , just a shiny waterproof jacket will do the job nicely here to achieve 82 miles an hour?Chris Pearson11/02/2018
2/11 Up to Temple of the Winds then trig and little lump that is top. Returned by rather muddy path to east.SS09/02/2018
3rd day in a row and still finding new route variations all taking around 3 hrs on a circular from Marley Common. Overnight rain saw us pick a mud free (almost) route using quiet lanes and paths including dropping down from the Temple to Abesters then lane running north and back up mulchy sunken bridleaway steeply to Tennysons Lane where icy rain started and soon turned to light snow. Offered and gladly accepted a lift for 2 miles from a dog walker to speed our return for indoor warmth and a cowboy lunch of bacon and beans on a bitter day.Chris Pearson09/02/2018
back again with L for another 3 hr morning outing, but finding different footpaths to explore today on the lovely lower slopes around Valewood. Down off the nose from The Temple of the Winds ( after our usual sandwich halt) and then slanting path back up deep churned up leaf mulch mud which we tried to tiptoe alongside in the deep sunken groove. L having long phone chats with work friends as we marched along, getting a cold hand in keen NW wind.Chris Pearson08/02/2018
A lovely winter's morning of blue sky sunshine with frozen mud making for good going in trainers. Smoke from burning scrub clearing drifting around the pine trees and slanting sun making for atmospheric misty silver light. Our usual Sandwich halt at Temple of the (no) Winds for 30 mins stay in this curved south facing sun trap at exactly noon - perfect timing for some winter warmth. Northerly airflow gave clarity to distant Ditchling Beacon and Ashdown Forest 35 miles away over the Weald. Tranquility affected by crunching of conservation work tractor mowing the bracken, gorse and heather to a fine pulp, to encourage species diversity.Chris Pearson07/02/2018
A sunny Sunday morning with a cold NW wind .A 3 hr walk up down and up and all around to sort out where all the paths go and which ones are shown on the map, particularly at a confusing tricky 5 way junction at the valley head bend. From Temple of Winds down SW path and reascended on good but unmapped path from NT car park at Abesters directly back to The Temple. Plaque commerates giving of Black Down by the Hunter family whose ansecetor had a hand in setting up the National Trust in the area in 1905Chris Pearson04/02/2018
a favourite destination on a 3hr30 mins walk circular walk with L from Marley Common, sunny but cold wind but Temple of the Winds a delightful non windy sun trap today. Despite this being my 11th visit still piecing together different paths that crisscross this broad heath / wooded top. > ascentChris Pearson01/02/2018
10th ascent and a new route for us by a fun stream/ path/ quagmire all the way up from Fernhurst to Temple of the Winds lookout then back to Marley Common and snugly /smugly indoors for lunch just before rain swept in.Chris Pearson29/01/2018
Climbed in the fog and rain just as it was getting dark after a day of trigpointing. Difficult to find in the dark as the trigpoint is in the bushes and trees above the path.DanMaisieBex27/01/2018
3 hour walk with L, before the rain came in. Down to Haslemere to post a parcel then up Hasty Hill ( leisurely) and Tennyson's Lane ( the poet lived here) to main top car park - a favourite with Haslemere dog walkers. Alongpaths to once more visit the tucked away trig and down and back up to Marley Common, meeting along the way friendly Dan the postman out in his van - had a long chat ( delaying the post)- known to us as head coach of Haslemere runners who did a sub 3 hr marathon at the age of 49 last year, which is pretty speedy.Chris Pearson27/01/2018
Becoming one of our regular favourite and hilly walks when staying at Marley Common. Many footpaths churned up into muddy unavoidable trenches by recent prolonged rain. Included another visit to the excellent Haslemere museum which also has a good 3D relief model of Black Down area which shows the complexity of the many wooded spurs that is hard to discern form the map. 4 hrouting on a sunny day at lastChris Pearson25/01/2018
Parked in National trust carpark followed track across the hill then heading the woods to the trig, then walked to viewpoint and then back to carjmistry8614/01/2018
Repeat of yesterday's lovely 5 hr walk with L who commentated that someone had coloured in the world today as the sun was shining to replace yesterday's permagloom. Today lost in deep puzzled debate /thought about the theories about Durrington Walls nr Stonehenge - why so much seemingly unnessary effort? (result of more Time Team watching).Having failed to resolve that one - moved on to other unfathomable mysteries - origin of life, start of the universe, how to look back in time, what are thoughts made of? what happens in sleep? death?future of the planet. Realised we were going to need a much longer walk to resolve this lot.Chris Pearson19/11/2017
Marley Heights - Hatch Farm Hill - Black Down (to trig and nearby summit again this time) - Then Serpents Way to Haslemere. 6 hour circuit with L from Whitehanger in permagloom drizzle.Highlight was copper colours of fallen leaves and an hour in the first rate Haslemere Museum - includes a world collection of geology, fossils and animal specimens and a mummy with its preserved toes visible (kept in a darkened room - given a torch to look at it)Chris Pearson18/11/2017
Another 2 hour circular with L on my half day from Huf stay . Not quite to summit this time. Saw no one until I stopped for a wee when suddenly a whole crocodile of Wednesday walkers appeared from nowhere, then stopped by me thinking I had found the footpath . Part of an odd week of mishaps - washing my hands under almost boiling water - wrong tap , and walking into a closed glass sliding door.Chris Pearson15/11/2017
1/8M from cp near abesters up through woods.robertphillips06/11/2017
With Wendyijpowell23/10/2017
Delightful stroll up through the woods from the car parking area to the S. Limited views, given it is in the trees, but a very pleasant spot.dal14/10/2017
An easy stroll from Tennyson's Lane car park.lenman16/08/2017
A lovely evening stroll from the small car park near Abesters, the perfect antidote to the vileness of the M25 in 28 C heat. Nice path to the Temple of the Winds, with a splendid view, then up to the ridge through beautiful heathland and pine trees. The trig point is easy to find, but the summit is less clear. Pretty sure I found it.Gill04/07/2017
Same as NM from south.PeterD11/05/2017
From the National Trust car park/Layby to the south of the viewpoint up through pleasant woodland to Temple of the Winds then onto trig point. Another wander to higher ground Knoll nearby. 7th Marilyn of 8 todayN.Morters13/04/2017
With Katy. Wood and brambles .. In the sun.George Thompson05/04/2017
Fun walk through the woods to find the trig point (and also a point 10 metres higher in the woods! and the geocache) ...with Glyn & Amandakeithelliott29/03/2017
A snowy and cold day with mediocre visibility: and so a no-nonsense walk up from Haslemere station, eventually finding the trig point.JOHNS11/02/2017
From NT car park, easy walk through a beautiful wood via the viewpoint at Temple of the Winds. Not even a breeze!CXB06/02/2017
Only car in car park to the north in low cloud. Headed up obvious path then found I had lost the map, wandered about and eventually found top, got back to car park to find map where I'd dropped it. All in dense cloud but oddly enjoyable.KC05/02/2017
Circular walk from Whitehanger. Brief blast of warm sunshine very welcome at Temple of the Winds. Saw our 'felted' friends again, but sadly not MJ (The TuMP originator) who by coincidence was on here as well today I notice.Chris Pearson28/01/2017
3hr 45m round trip from Haslemere station: Black Down, Hatch Farm Hill, Marley Heights, Grayswood HillMark Jackson28/01/2017
County top outing. Before setting off from home go to the website for Black down and print a map off for the woods to make it easier to navigate. From the lower car park of the two close to each other on Tennyson's lane walk south until you reach the Serpents trail follow this to a pond on your left (hopefully not dried up)turn right up hill at the top look for a narrow path on the right to the trig crossing a fallen tree.WAYNE ROWLETT12/11/2016
From Lurgashall, ascended the steep zig-zag path to the Temple of the winds, then across the down to the trig summit, which requires a little searching for.The Mountain Raven05/11/2016