Walk 45 - Dare Devil

  • DATE: Friday 18 August 2023

  • TIME: 19.00-21.30

  • START LOCATION: North Marden Church


  • DISTANCE: 4.5 miles

  • DURATION: 2 hours 30

This is a case of better late than never. The plan had been to do this walk on Midsummer’s day, as for this one day of the year the setting sun is aligned with the Devil’s Jumps on Treyford Hill…..however, your glorious leaders failed to align their dairies 🫣 Instead, see this hopefully beautiful sunset walk as a salute to summer and a celebration of Friends of the South Downs’ (FSD) centenary year. 

As the organisation who initially spearheaded the campaign to protect the Downs, it seemed fitting to celebrate FSD’s centenary with a walk along the South Downs Way. However, it is not just one walk, but two. It will be a two pronged ‘attack’ on the Jumps with one group of walkers (this one) starting from North Marden, and the other (led by FSD’s Mick Haywood) coming from the East. They probably won’t be on camels, or carrying Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh …….but they might possibly come bearing some yummy treats. Both groups should reach the jumps around 20:00hrs, with sunset being approx 20:30hrs.

Please bring a torch, some warm clothing and refreshment.

If you don’t already know who Friends of the South Downs are and what they have been doing the past 100 years to protect our beautiful countryside, you can read a short article here

If you would like to join this walk starting from North Marden please sign up using the link below. However, if Cocking SDW Car Park would be more convenient for you please email Mick using:  mickheywood15@gmail.com

Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Gentle rolling landscape, walking on paths with good to average surfaces. Some gentle slopes

Dogs allowed

Walk Leader

Malinka from Rural Strides is a co-organiser of the walking festival. Rural Strides was set up to promote the beauty and variety of the local Weald and Downland area, as a walking destination close to London. With a wealth of knowledge of local routes, hidden gems and where to find nature at its best in every season, Rural Strides is your ideal walking companion for the Hampshire/West Sussex borderlands.