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|Walderton Four Seats|
|Author: seekin, Published: 22 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|This is a shortish walk from Walderton, ideal for people who like to sit and enjoy the expansive views of the South Downs. There are no fewer than four points with seating, all be it of varying quality. |
There are no sheep or cattle on route and only a short stretch on a quiet road. You will need to negotiate a couple of stiles and a kissing gate. The walk can be started from within Walderton itself but we start from the entrance to a farm track at the north edge of the village (off the road to West Marden).
Walderton is a small village and sits on the B2146 at the base of the South Downs at the source of the River Ems. Leave the village in a north-westerly direction on the B2146 towards West Marden. Our walk starts from the beginning of a farm track which can be found on the right, a short distance from the Walderton sign as you exit the village. There is room for parking on the verge of the track. There is a double metal five bar gate a few yards into the track which is sometimes closed but does not prevent access. The approximate post code is PO18 9EF.
|Start to Seat Two|
Start point: 50.8917 lat, -0.8835 long
Having parked at the entrance to the track (known locally as New Cut), follow the fingerpost to proceed along the track in a north-easterly direction. After approximately 300 metres at a four-way fingerpost, turn right and follow the track across the field directly below some power lines. At the top of the field turn left and follow the edge of the field with gardens on your right-hand side. Beyond the end of the gardens there is a hedge with another field now on your right. Continue to the left of the hedge and then, half way along the hedge, the path swaps to the right of the hedge. Follow the path until it reaches a road. This is the road from Walderton to Up Marden. The road forms a staggered crossroads for your path, so turn right and almost immediately left into another field (effectively going straight on).
|Seat Two to Seat Four|
Start point: 50.898 lat, -0.8694 long
Continue on into the wood. On entering the wood we meet a T-junction of paths. Turn left and proceed downhill as the path first goes through a tree lined section and then, for the last 100 metres, through fields with a hedge on your right. Continue until you reach the Up Marden road once again.
|Seat Four to End|
Start point: 50.9011 lat, -0.8801 long
From seat four our walk continues straight on and passes by a barn on the right and a beautiful barn conversion on the left. We now meet the Locksash Lane on a bend. Turn left and follow this lane down to a T-junction with the Walderton to West Marden road. On the left just before the junction is a cottage. There is a beautiful tree in the garden which I would dearly like to identify. According to the gardener (who can’t identify it) it is reputed to be over 200 years old. The leaves on the tree look like an olive. It’s evergreen but the shape is not like an olive at all. If you can identify it, please let me know by leaving a comment.
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This evergreen tree has the leaves of an olive but the shape is nothing like an olive. Reputed to be over two hundred years old. Can you identify it?
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