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The Foresters Arms and Kirdford

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The Foresters Arms and Kirdford
Author: hallandwoodhouse, Published: 10 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Sussex, Billingshurst
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Foresters Arms and Kirdford
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3.6 mile circular pub walk from The Foresters Arms in Kirdford. A great mid-Sussex walk with a touch of everything. Great views, wooded tracks, open fields and an amble though the lovely village of Kirdford.

The walks follows mainly woodland and field paths which will be muddy after wet weather, plus a short section of lanes. There are several kissing gates plus four stiles. Approximate time 80 to 100 minutes.

The walk starts and finishes at The Foresters Arms in the village of Kirdford. The village is just north of the A272 between Petworth and Billingshurst. Approximate post code RH14 0ND.

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Walk Sections

Foresters Arms to Baptist Church
Foresters Arms to Baptist Church

Start point: 51.0325 lat, -0.5514 long
End point: 51.029 lat, -0.5501 long

From the pub, take car park exit, cross road and turn left along pavement. Walk through village for 350 yards to T-junction and turn right. Pass St John the Baptist church to left.

Baptist Church to Track
Baptist Church to Track

Start point: 51.029 lat, -0.5501 long
End point: 51.0231 lat, -0.5589 long

Cross bridge 200 yards on. Continue on lane gently uphill, pass cottage to right and turn right at footpath sign. 10 yards on, pass through metal gate then bear left 30 yards ahead past stables to right. Follow grass path past paddocks and through metal gate.

Ahead, pass through wood kissing gate and continue between fences for 200 yards. Pass through wood gate and head straight across field for 120 yards. Cross stile to right of metal gate and turn right on to track.

Track to Lake
Track to Lake

Start point: 51.0231 lat, -0.5589 long
End point: 51.025 lat, -0.5746 long

Follow for 200 yards and, with footpath sign to right, enter field ahead and turn left. Continue along left edge towards pylon in the distance. After 550 yards, exit field and turn right on to track. Walk downhill for 100 yards, pass small stream to right and bear right at fork.

Follow track gently uphill through trees for 200 yards. With footpath sign ahead, bear right and continue on track with hedge to left and trees to right. Follow and track heads gently downhill, crosses stream then curves to the right. The next section may be soft underfoot in places. Continue past trees and hazel coppice then track heads uphill.

Follow between hedges and large farm buildings are visible ahead at 1 o’clock. At the intersection, with house 30 yards ahead, turn right and immediately right through metal kissing gate. Head diagonally across field aiming to left of lake 150 yards ahead.

Lake to Foresters Arms
Lake to Foresters Arms

Start point: 51.025 lat, -0.5746 long
End point: 51.0326 lat, -0.5531 long

With lake to right, pass through metal gate and continue ahead on track past garden ornaments to left. Follow gently downhill, pass between strip lakes and cross footbridge ahead. Follow path uphill along left edge of field for 400 yards. Exit field and cross stile to left.

Follow direction of footpath sign across field aiming to right of large red tiled roof in the distance. After 400 yards, cross stile, track, 2nd stile and walk straight ahead across field for 120 yards. Cross stile into next field and continue along left edge with hedge to left. 150 yards on and with stile 15 yards ahead, turn left into next field.

Walk along right edge for 130 yards and pass through two wood kissing gates. Turn right on to lane ahead. Follow past trees to right and lane curves left. Walk between hedges for 100 yards and pass through wood gates. Cross small stream and 80 yards ahead, turn right into road. Continue along verge for 40 yards then pavement.

Walk through village, pass village stores to left and it’s just 250 yards back to the Foresters Arms for some much deserved hospitality!

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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