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Wild New Year's Eve: South Downs, 8 miles, £50

  • The Green, East Dean, Eastbourne BN20 0DA (map)

Celebrate a New Years' Eve with a difference!

Find your wild tribe on a day walk on the South Downs with reflection, celebration and intention-setting to end 2019 and welcome in 2020, culminating in a heroic wild-camp, and even a wild-swim, if the weather allows! 

Route: Circular section of the South Downs over Seven Sisters and through Friston forest.

Accommodation: Tents for wild camping.

Difficulty: Stretching; walking distance 8 miles, hilly terrain, pace 3 mph, cold/wet weather likely!


Day 1 31st: Meet at East Dean. Walk along SDW over Seven Sisters. Cafe lunch at Exceat. Pub supper in East Dean. NYE celebration. Wild camping overnight.

Day 2 1st: Pack up camp. Short walk to viewpoint. Wild swim. Breakfast at Birling Gap cafe. 

Cost: £50. Includes all activities. Food and drink not included.


South Downs Way: East Dean (8 miles)

I learned that I love to celebrate huge occasions in a special way, just not in the same way as most people. And that’s okay. I connected with new people. I revisited a part of the UK I love. I survived the storm.
— Previous participant; 'Wild New Year's Eve' 2017

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