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Walderton Four Seats

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Walderton Four Seats
Author: seekin, Published: 22 Feb 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Walderton Four Seats - West Sussexstar1 Walderton Four Seats - West Sussexstar1 Walderton Four Seats - West Sussexstar1 Walderton Four Seats - West Sussexstar1 Walderton Four Seats - West Sussex
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Walderton Four Seats
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Walderton Four Seats - West Sussex boot Walderton Four Seats - West Sussex
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Seat Two
Start to Seat Two

Start point: 50.8917 lat, -0.8835 long
End point: 50.898 lat, -0.8694 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).

The way ahead is very clear and is straight across this next field and through a gap in the hedge at the end of the field. Just to the left of the gap is the first of the four seats. It’s a fairly rudimentary affair being made up of a split log supported each end by a pile of stones.

Continue across the next field towards a wood. Keep a keen eye out to the left as you cross this field as there is often a kestrel hovering in the area trying to sort out its next meal. At the top of the field, just before entering the wood, we find the second seat with a small cairn in front of it. This is just slightly more substantial than the first seat and if you didn’t stop at the first then it’s certainly worth siting at this one and taking in the expansive views that go all the way down to the coast.

Seat Two to Seat Four
Seat Two to Seat Four

Start point: 50.898 lat, -0.8694 long
End point: 50.9011 lat, -0.8801 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.

Crossing the road your path goes straight on uphill through a narrow wooded section. The going under foot here is very stony and undulating. Shortly you will reach a three-way fingerpost. Turn left here and walk up and out into a field with the wood remaining on your right. Follow the edge of the wood as it bears round to the right. About half way along this section you will find the third seat. This is cut from a sizable tree trunk. You might however want to hold on for the fourth seat which is not too far ahead and is a veritable Chippendale by comparison.

As you continue on, still hugging the tree line on your right, the view in front takes you all the way down to Chichester Harbour. At the end of the field the path becomes a farm track and passes through a short section with trees both to the left and right. The track bears left and then right before straightening out with fields open to the left and a fenced off field to the right. At the start of the straight section can be found the fourth and last seat on this walk. This seat is a far more organised affair being a memorial to a previous farm manager and comprises a table with a bench either side.

Seat Four to End
Seat Four to End

Start point: 50.9011 lat, -0.8801 long
End point: 50.8919 lat, -0.8831 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.

Back to the walk. Cross the road and go straight ahead into a wood. In 25 metres turn left at a blue waypoint marker to pass behind a cottage.
The path, which can be muddy at times, continues parallel to the road and then bends right to climb slightly as it gradually leaves the road. Finally the wood ends on your left and shortly you reach a kissing gate on the left. Pass though this gate to enter a small meadow. Continue down the meadow back to the West Marden road. At the right time of the year this meadow is a sea of cowslips, the like of which I certainly have not seen elsewhere.

Cross over the road and take a stile on the far side. We now enter the grounds of Watergate House which stands to our left at the head of the grounds.

A little about Watergate House. The original house was built around 1600 but was burnt down in 1942 during a period when it was occupied by the army. It was then rebuilt in its current classical style.

The walk passes through a few trees, goes across a drive and a bridge over a small stream. After the bridge, bear diagonally right (south-east) moving at an angle of about 45 degrees away from the stream. On reaching the perimeter of the grounds we cross a stile and continue across a field following a path under some power lines. At the end of the field we meet the original farm track that we started on. Turn right to return to your starting point.

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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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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