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|Slindon and Nore Hill|
|Author: Claire, Published: 14 Jan 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the downland village of Slindon in West Sussex. Nestling in the foothills of the South Downs, Slindon is charming and unspoilt, its brick and flint houses surrounded by beech woods, farms and open downland. The walking route heads north through the village to reach Nore Hill, with its beautiful woodland and impressive folly. There are bluebells to enjoy in the Spring, plenty of wildlife and great views out to the south coast. The Forge, the community cafe and shop, provides the perfect place for refreshments before or after your walk. |
The walk follows a mixture of village pavements and woodland/farm tracks, the latter of which can be quite muddy after periods of rain. The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate. A couple of sections follow the edge of quiet roads so take care of any traffic. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Slindon is a small village which is located about 6 miles east of Chichester and 2 miles west of Arundel in West Sussex. The village is accessed from the A29, close to its junction with the A27. The walk starts and finishes from The Forge cafe/shop on Reynolds Lane in Slindon. The cafe is next to the village hall and there is roadside parking on Reynolds Lane, alongside the small orchard (just beyond the Forge). Approximate post code BN18 0QT.
|Start to Top Lane|
Start point: 50.863 lat, -0.6298 long
The walk starts and finishes at The Forge, the community cafe and shop, which is a great place for refreshments before or after your walk. The café is licensed, serves delicious coffee, light meals and cakes – much of it homemade, or sourced from local suppliers. There’s free wi-fi and dogs, cyclists and walkers are made very welcome.
|Top Lane to Row's Barn|
Start point: 50.8673 lat, -0.6352 long
Turn left along Top Lane and you will pass the Catholic church of St Richard’s on the right with the flint boundary wall for Slindon College running on the left. Continue until you reach the entrance gates for the college on the left, once the manor house of the estate.
|Row's Barn to Nore Hill Folly|
Start point: 50.8737 lat, -0.647 long
Keep straight ahead on the track and a little further along it swings hard right and begins to climb. Ignore the path signed off to the left, just stay on the main track uphill. As the track, known as Lees Lane, enters woodland you will reach a junction of paths. Keep straight ahead here, signed with the yellow arrow.
|Nore Hill Folly to Courthill Farm|
Start point: 50.8775 lat, -0.6433 long
This early 19th century flint folly, built under the instruction of the Countess of Newburgh, is one of Slindon estate’s best known landmarks. Originally there was a round house behind the arch, which was used for tea and lunches during shoots. Take time to enjoy the panoramic views across the coastal plain and out to sea.
|Courthill Farm to End|
Start point: 50.8709 lat, -0.6376 long
From this point you will be retracing your steps back to The Forge. Turn right along the road and, after just 50 yards, fork left onto the narrow woodland path running alongside the road. Follow this uphill and you will emerge out opposite the entrance gates for Slindon College.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Mark Crisp @crunch70 Out for a Slindon 4 mile walk with the family to the folly #happy #familytime
|By Twitter on 19 Sep 2015|
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