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|Houghton Forest and Slindon|
|Author: WSW, Published: 17 Oct 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Arundel|
|Hey there. I'm TJ and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. We’re heading down to Houghton Forest for an 8.5 mile jaunt around the South Downs. Happy times with my wife! To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. The forest and downs paths can all get very muddy so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate some gates plus three stiles (with adjacent dog gaps) along the way. You will also be sharing some of the fields with sheep and dairy cattle so take particular care with dogs. The stiles and cattle are all encountered in the second half of the walk so, if you wish to avoid these, you can simply follow the outward leg both there and back. In this case you would only encounter simple wide bridle gates, so the route would be suitable for rugged disability buggies when the ground is firm enough. There are toilets in the car park at the start of the walk plus options for refreshments at the start point and also at the half-way point in Slindon village. Allow 4 hours plus extra time for stops and exploring Slindon village.
The walk starts and finishes at the Whiteways Countryside Site free car park, which is located on the A29, just a few metres north of the roundabout where the A29 and A284 meet (about 3 miles north of Arundel). The car park is popular and can fill up, so arrive early if you are visiting at peak times. Approximate post code BN18 9FD.
|Start to Trot Row|
Start point: 50.8885 lat, -0.5768 long
Standing in the Whiteways car park with your back to the vehicle entrance and the Whiteways Cafe across to the left, walk at 1 o’clock to join the signed public bridleway leading you through a red gateway and into the woodland. Keep straight ahead on the main bridleway through the trees, ignoring any side paths. Further along you will pass the Forestry Commission sign, marking the start of Houghton Forest.
|Trot Row to Great Down|
Start point: 50.8946 lat, -0.5983 long
Turn right, following the track along the edge of the trees, on through a pretty section of mainly coppiced woodland. As you emerge from the trees, you will come to the edge of a large open crop field. Follow the grass track, diagonally left (at about 10 o’clock) across the centre of the field. Stay with this grass track, passing a section of woodland on the left and leading you to a signed crossroads of bridleways.
|Great Down to Slindon Forge|
Start point: 50.8957 lat, -0.621 long
Pass through the gate (NOTE: you may find sheep grazing from this point) and take the grass path at 1 o’clock, leading you across the centre of the hillside. The views here are awesome with the sea sparkling in sunlight in the distance.
|Slindon Forge to Chichester Lodge|
Start point: 50.8624 lat, -0.629 long
Slindon might be quiet but it has plenty to shout about. Before you head back out on the countryside paths, it is worth taking time to explore. Duck pond, old mansion, pottery, smugglers, children’s farm, pumpkin capital, birthplace of cricket (you don’t want to get an Aussie started on that one!)...it’s almost too much to take in. If you want to see all the village highlights, it’s worth downloading another iFootpath walk, Slindon Village History Trail, which will take you on a short tour.
|Chichester Lodge to New Barn Farm|
Start point: 50.8686 lat, -0.6206 long
Turn left along the tarmac access lane, following it steadily downhill between fenced fields. The lane swings steadily left with a section of woodland on the right. As soon as the woodland on the right ends, turn right by a disused stile following a field-edge path with the woodland still running on your right.
|New Barn Farm to End|
Start point: 50.8824 lat, -0.6059 long
Turn right onto another concrete track, with a line of trees running on the right. You will emerge to a T-junction with a country lane. Turn right and follow the lane as it swings left. Where the road swings right, keep ahead on the stone track for a few paces and then turn left on to the vehicle track leading you into woodland. Follow the main track ahead through the centre of the woods.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author WSW and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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