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Serpent Trail

Route The name of the trail reflects the serpentine shape of the route which snakes for 64 miles (108 km) through the beautiful heathland landscapes of West Sussex.


  • Haslemere High Street - Grid ref: SU 905331
  • Petersfield - Grid ref: SU 754226
For use by Access to the trail is granted to walkers. The trail uses public rights of way, private permissive routes and a few quiet roads, which link much of the access land in this area.
Nearest locations Petworth and Midhurst
Terrain Heathland
Highlights Waymarked by Serpent Trail discs, the route showcases the work of the Sussex Wealden Greensand Heaths Project and highlights the outstanding landscape of the Greensand hills. The trail 'snakes' by Liphook, Milland, Fernhurst, Petworth, Fittleworth, Duncton, Heyshott, Midhurst, Stedham and Nyewood to finally reach the serpent's 'tail' at Petersfield.
Maps Information about useful leaflets, booklets and maps is available from the Long Distance Walkers Association website.

Further information

The official guide has been divided into 16 short easy to follow stages complete with a map for each stage, based upon 2005 Ordnance Survey material.

1. Blackdown 7 miles (11.3 km)
2. Marley and Lynchmere Commons 4 miles (6.5 km)
3. Iron Hill and Chapel Common 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
4. Rake to Tullcombe 3.8 miles (6.2 km)
5. Borden and Titty Hill 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
6. Woolbeding and Henley 4.8 miles (7.8 km)
7. Bexley Hill and River Common 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
8. Petworth 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
9. Flexham and Fittleworth 3.1 miles (5 km)
10. Hesworth Common and Lord's Piece 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
11. Burton Park 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
12. Lavington and Heyshott Commons 5.9 miles (9.5km)
13. Midhurst 3.8 miles (6.2 km)
14. Iping and Stedham Commons 2.4 miles (3.8 km)
15. Dumpford and Nyewood 4 miles (6.5 km)
16. Petersfield 2.5 miles (4.1 km)

  • The Serpent trail passes through a number of National Trust sites including Black Down, Marley Common, Woolbeding Common and Lavington Common. Visit the National Trust for more information.

  • The Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) works on several heaths to restore and recreate heathland on the greensand. SWT sites on the route include Stedham Common, parts of Iping Common, Burton and Chingford Ponds and The Mens. Visit Sussex Wildlife Trust for more information.

  • The Serpent Trail would not exist if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication of the heathland volunteers.

  • Where you see the open access symbol, you can leave the trail and walk, sightsee, picnic, watch wildlife, run or climb within the mapped area. Access helpline: 0845 100 3298 or visit Natural England or South Downs National Park Authority websites.


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