Cliffe Hill may be climbed at its southern extremity, and the town may be regained through the Coombe one of the lions of Lewes, which opens at the farther end. This is one of those deep hollows occurring throughout the chalk districts, which the sun only touches for a short time even at the season of ‘St. Bamaby bright,’ and whose steep sides are not to be descended without much care and caution. The green winding level at the bottom, looking from above like a procession path for the hill fairies, will bring the visitor back to the town. A handbook for travellers in Kent and Sussex (1858), 272.
ED: This passage does not seem to be describing a fairy path, but it does presuppose belief in fairies on the Downs.