Long Man of Wilmington

The area is quite exposed and it can get quite breezy. We advise packing an extra layer.

Just how did the outline of a figure, the equivalent height of nearly 40 men, come to be overlooking the village of Wilmington? This mysterious guardian of the South Downs has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years and is the tallest chalk figure in the UK!

This is a wonderful walk for the whole family. Set in the beautiful chalk hills of the South Downs National Park, children will enjoy getting up close to the imposing figure.

* Viewing one of the greatest mysteries of the Sussex countryside 

* Breathtaking panoramic views

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Wilmington Priory Car park, The Street, Wilmington, BN26 5SW


Free parking



Choose from 1.5 km or 3.8 km routes 


All day, every day.

For littler legs the walk to the foot of the Long Man and back may be sufficient (approx 1.5 km). However, the circular route (3.8 km) shown on the map offers outstanding panoramic views which are well worth the climb up.

Dogs are welcome and can be walked off-lead (provided they are kept under control). There is one ladder-style stile (on the longer route), which dogs will need to be carried over.


In our opinion, the walk is unsuitable for pushchairs and bikes.

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