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White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling nameSerpent Trail

103 km / 64 miles

Hants, Surrey, W Sussex
The Serpent Trail is designed to highlight some of the finest heathland and woodland landscapes in the South East and follows a rough S shape along the hills of the Sussex Greensand - snaking between Haslemere, Petworth, Midhurst and Petersfield in a habitat of snakes.

It is part of the Sussex Wealden Greensand Heaths Project (SWGHP), restoring heathland in West Sussex, more than 80% of which has been lost in the last 200 years to forestry, agriculture and development but more recently lack of management. The project restores lost heathland whilst conserving existing areas. SWGHP has had a 630,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and its partners are Sussex Downs Conservation Board (SDCB), the National Trust, DEFRA, English Nature and West Sussex County Council.

Continuing the greensand theme, the Geeensand Way provides a 108-mile route from the start at Haslemere, east across greensand ridges almost as far as the Kent coast.

Picture shows Chris Packham opening the Serpent Trail in 2005.


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Waymark: White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name
White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name
SU905331 - Haslemere High Street , Surrey ( near station)
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SU754226 - Petersfield Heath, Petersfield, Hants
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Open Date
5 April 2005

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Serpent Trail: Official Guide (Sussex Downs Joint Commitee Northern Area Office - 2007)
Serpent Trail (Petersfield TIC)


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Route Profile:

100.4 Km (62.4 miles)
1,796 m (5,892 ft) ascent
283 m (928 ft)  maximum height