Charleston Farm & Firle Beacon from Firle

This East Sussex walk takes you onto the South Downs for spectacular views north at Firle Beacon. The walk also offers the opportunity to visit Charlestown Farmhouse with its bohemian décor and associations with the Bloomsbury set.

Technical sheet
No. 293033
A Firle walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 22/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h30[?]
Distance Distance : 6.73km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 198m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 189m
Highest point Highest point : 208m
Lowest point Lowest point : 25m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : South Downs
Location Location : Firle
Starting point Starting point : N 50.84715° / E 0.08875°
Download : -
Firle Tower


(D)The start is the main car park in Firle village (grid ref. TQ471073). After parking follow the path across parkland aiming for Firle Tower. Reaching a bridleway (grid ref. TQ477072)continue east through gate with the Firle Tower to your left. Continue on this bridleway passing Charleston Farm on your right.

(1)Reaching the barns, keep right and walk towards the Downs. Cross a track (grid ref. TQ492061) and continue southwards climbing onto the Downs. Reaching the top you meet the South Downs Way. Go right and continue up to the trig point on the summit of Firle Beacon (grid ref. TQ485059) to enjoy the view.

(2)To return to Firle village continue west along the South Downs Way. After passing through a gate bear right (grid ref. TQ480059) to descend across the face of the escarpment on a bridleway. Reaching a T-junction (grid ref. TQ474068) go left and follow the track into Firle village.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 25m - Firle village
1 : km 1.95 - alt. 42m - Charleston Farm
2 : km 4.03 - alt. 208m - Firle Beacon
D/A : km 6.73 - alt. 25m - Firle Village

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.61/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 4.67/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.67/5

on Mon 22 Feb 2021 16:51:04 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 22/02/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

I'd say the walk was 'medium' hard, certainly not 'easy' climbing Firle Beacon, although the rest of the walk was easy. So windy up top it was exhilarating with great views over the Downs and out to sea. We got slightly lost following the description and ended up at Bo Peep B&B but easy to retrieve. With the detour about 3 hours.

on Mon 14 Sep 2020 09:28:58 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 14/09/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Nice circular walk through countryside with short, quitec steep climb and great views from Firle beacon. Firlevis a delightful old village worth exploring. Charleston farmhouse you pass has a long, artistic history and the gardens were open.

on Mon 03 Aug 2020 18:40:06 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 03/08/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A beautiful easy walk with lots of varied interest. Would love to have known about Chilley farm shop and cafedefinately visiting it next time!

on Mon 27 Jul 2020 13:53:04 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 26/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Amazing route perfect timing and very clear map. The route featured all the best attractions in the area and was completely free to download! Perfect!

on Mon 12 Aug 2019 20:32:14 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 11/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk passing areas of interest meaning you may want to allow more time to visit eg Charleston House & Garden, or take a little diversion to Beanstalk Tea Garden (when open; turn right at the bottom of the descent instead of left for Firle Village, and walk approx 10mins straight on, ignoring track joining from the left).
Stunning views from the Beacon after a bit of a climb up a grassy path.
Descent is on a chalky path - caution if wet.
Directions could be a bit more specific but in conjunction with the map we were alright. (You walk right through the middle of Charleston Farm / House where there are some loos when open 😊 and keep going to the end of the access road, then bear right to continue on up to Tilton Farm and then right to the Downs. When you reach the track, cross it and take the path through the trees not the field track, or you’ll end up climbing over locked farm gates to get back on track 😊.)

on Sun 15 Jul 2018 20:27:12 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/07/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Very good walk with beautiful views from up the hills. The only problem we had was near Charleston Farm" we have been rerouted by the fact 5 gates had padlocks. We were lucky to have our Garmin to put us back on our right way by had to deal with electric fences and barbed wire to go over.
Any way we made it eventually and enjoyed the scenery.


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