Firle Beacon is a hill in the South Downs of southern England. It is 217 metres high and is a Marilyn. It commands a far-reaching view. When the prevailing wind is northerly, the site is often used for gliding activities like slope soaring.
The long barrow, 220m west of Firle Beacon (grid reference ), is about 112 feet (34 m) long, 70 feet (21 m) wide and 8.5 feet (2.6 m) high. It has an east–west orientation, and has a surrounding ditch, more noticeable on the northern side.
Firle Corn, high on the north-east slope of Firle Beacon, is a nearly lost hill figure, possibly gigantotomy, seen using infrared photography. It looks like a small ear of corn, but what it depicts is unknown. Legend suggests a giant called Gill was cut on this hill and considered an adversary of the nearby Long Man of Wilmington; one story says the Firle Beacon giant threw his hammer at the Wilmington giant and killed him, and the hill figure marks this site.
- Godfrey-Faussett, Charlie (2004). Footprint England. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 192. ISBN 1-903471-91-5.
- Richard Wainwright. A Guide to the Prehistoric Remains in Britain. Volume 1: South and East. Constable, 1978. Page 231.
- Historic England. "Firle Beacon round barrow and two adjacent round barrows, West Firle (1002267)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- Historic England. "Oval barrow and adjacent bowl barrow, 220m west of Firle Beacon (1013207)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- Historic England. "Two groups of round barrows SE of Firle Beacon (1003310)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- Firle Corn, hows.org.uk
- Scraps of Folklore Collected by John Philipps Emslie, C. S. Burne, Folklore, Vol. 26, No. 2. (Jun. 30, 1915), pp. 153–170.