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White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling nameSerpent Trail

Hampshire, Surrey, W Sussex

103 km / 64 miles
The Serpent Trail is a 64-mile path which winds its way through the rare heathlands of the South Downs National Park. The walk will take you through beautiful and internationally rare lowland heath habitat, 80% of which has been lost since the early 1800s, passing through purple heather, green woods and golden valleys of the Sussex greensand hills. The Trail and the corridor of heathland habitat created along part of it also links up isolated heathland sites to support species such as the green tiger beetle and Dartford warbler.

Picture shows Chris Packham opening the Serpent Trail in 2005.


Waymark: White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name
Attributes: Average Gradients
National Park
Start: SU906330 - Haslemere High Street, Surrey View on StreetMap
Finish: SU754226 - Petersfield Heath, Petersfield, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 5 April 2005
Web Sites: South Downs NPA - Serpent Trail Pete's Trip Reports - Serpent Trail [blog] Serpent Trail [YouTube video] On the Hills - Serpent Trail [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Serpent Trail  (South Downs National Park Authority  - 2021 ) Download
Other Features of the Serpent Trail  (Field Studies Council  - 2011 )
E-Book Serpents Trail: A guide to the walk from Petersfield to Haslemere  (Amazon Media Group )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Route Profile:

101.2 km (62.9 miles)
1,791 m (5,876 ft) ascent
283 m (928 ft)  maximum height

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