Had a great day on Sunday with my son on Blackdown, the highest point in the South Downs National Park. Blackdown is a large promontory of high heathland that projects south into Sussex from near the town of Haslemere. Flint artefacts show there has been settlement on Blackdown since the mesolithic period, around 6000 BC. Alfred Lord Tennyson had a house built on Blackdown in 1869 and died there in 1892. Blackdown was donated to the National Trust in 1944.
A limited range of plants grow on Blackdown because the soil is acidic. It is home to Heathers and the high plateau is populated by Pine trees. The landscape was bleak in the overcast weather when we were here, but on a good day the views will be spectacular and far-reaching and when the Heathers bloom the colour will be magnificent. We will return.