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|Stoughton Down and Kingley Vale|
|Author: Claire, Published: 30 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk in a really picturesque part of the South Downs National Park. The walk begins in Stoughton Down before climbing high into the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve where the climb is rewarded with spectacular views both to the north and south. The walk then descends to the pretty village of Stoughton before returning to the car park. |
The walk has one long climb and an equivalent descent. The tracks are all fairly wide and are, in the most, well made with stone with only a few parts under the trees that can get quite muddy. The last mile of the route is along a quiet country road. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate so, if you’re up for the challenge, it would be possible to get a rugged push chair around the route. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Stoughton Down Forestry Commission car park (2 metre height restriction). The car park can be found on a sharp bend midway between the small villages of Stoughton and East Marden in West Sussex. Nearest post code PO18 9JQ.
|Start to Multiway Junction|
Start point: 50.9074 lat, -0.8421 long
From the car park, join the wide stone track beyond the metal vehicle barrier. Follow this track with woodland to the right and an open field to the left. At the fork keep right on the main stone bridleway as it heads into the trees. At the next junction, fork right again onto the signposted bridleway.
|Multiway Junction to Devil's Hump|
Start point: 50.9027 lat, -0.8294 long
Go straight ahead on the main bridleway and take time to enjoy the views across the South Downs over to the right. At the first fork, keep right on the main stone bridleway.
|Devil's Hump to Stoughton|
Start point: 50.8931 lat, -0.8365 long
Devil’s Humps are a series of four Bronze Age barrows or burial mounds. The alternative name for the mounds is King’s Graves, a name from folklore that suggests Viking leaders were buried here after they were defeated by the men of Chichester. It is the extensive views from this point along with the ancient yew trees that earns Kingley Vale Nature Reserve the nickname ‘Yews and Views’.
|Stoughton to End|
Start point: 50.8959 lat, -0.8623 long
Turn right along the village road. On the left you’ll pass the entrance lane to St Mary’s Church, a Saxon church dating back to 1050. You can make a small detour to visit this should you wish, otherwise just keep ahead on the village road. Pass the pub on the left and follow the road through several tunnels of trees for about a mile to reach the car park where the walk began.
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Briliant walk for winter, as it's very good underfoot; only one muddy section as you reach the grassy track leading away from the Devil's Humps. To avoid walking along the road at the end, you can take the Monarch's Way at Old Bartons (on the right not long after the Hare and Hounds. Follow this track all the way to the top of the hill where you rejoin the Multiway. It means retracing your steps a bit back down to the car park but you might think it's worth the repetition to avoid the road. By my smartphone tracking app, this made the walk 5.75 miles.
|By AnneEngland5 on 17 Jan 2015|
As said above a very good walk but my suggestion to avoid the road is to take the path left just after the Hare and Hounds. This goes up the hill a bit. You then turn right which takes you on a nice walk through the woods coming out at Wildham Farm. When you reach the road turn right and its not far back to the car park.
|By gazleton on 26 Nov 2015|
We did this walk using my Tramper all terrain mobility scooter. A terrific walk with fantastic views. Really enjoyed it. The last bit is quite steep and would be slippery after rain, but we did it ok as it had been dry for some time. The Hare and Hounds does good food and was very dog friendly.
|By Jules19 on 02 Sep 2016|
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