Falmer Focus is a 10 mile circuit over the South Downs above Falmer, taking in a variety of downland, farmland and woodland. There are lots of hills, so be prepared but you’ll also be rewarded with some fantastic views. Be warned, if you take your camera you will not stop clicking, when I looked at my stats I discovered I was 25% slower than normal simply because I was taking so many pictures and enjoying the scenary.
There are 31 caches in total, including one Ponds, Dewponds and Lakes cache, and one multi cache. The series can be started from anywhere but the best place is from Stanmer Park which is a beautiful Nature Reserve with plenty of parking. Although if it is a sunny weekend get there early as it gets very busy. I started the series in the morning before the crowds arrived and I’d definitely recommend doing it that way to enjoy it at it’s best time.
Starting from the car park in Stanmer Park the trail headed up the hill through open access land and from the top I was already enjoying some great views looking back over the Park. The walk then continued through some woods gradually descending into the valley of Stanmer Down then back up the other side. From the top of the down I followed the footpath Northwards to Streathill Farm to pick up the South Downs Way over the top of Plumpton Plain and probably the best views of the series.
At Blackcap the trail turned off and descended once again through the cool shade of Ashcombe Bottom wood and then back up to the top of Buckland Bank where I stopped for lunch. There was then a longish section along a track that ran along the top of Balmer Down. The path eventually lead into a lane which took me down to Falmer and around Sussex University along the boundary path, which ran close to the busy A27 before it brought me pack into peacefulness of Stanmer Park to conclude the walk.
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