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Stoughton and the Devil's Humps

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Stoughton and the Devil's Humps
Author: seekin, Published: 28 Feb 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guidestar0 Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guidestar0 Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guidestar0 Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guidestar0 Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Stoughton and the Devil's Humps
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guide boot Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guide boot Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guide
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This round walk starts and finishes in Stoughton, on the main road close to the village pub. The walk commences with a pretty stiff climb, at the end of which you are rewarded with views over Chichester Harbour and across the Isle of Wight. From here on, the walk is initially flat and then downhill. From the top you are shortly taken to a number of tumuli (known locally as the Devil's Humps) where you are rewarded with views to the south-east over Chichester and Bognor and to the west as far as Butser Hill. From this point the walk makes a gradual descent with lovely views over the rolling South Downs and a convenient seat to enjoy them from. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate but some sections of the route can get muddy after wet weather.

Many years ago the Stoughton village pub was the sponsor of a dinghy racing series between the two sailing clubs in Emsworth, providing a firkin of ale to the winning club. Unfortunately the practice has long past ceased, but the Hare and Hounds series still takes place every October to December and now includes the Thorney Island Sailing Club. As a competitor myself, I can confirm its popularity with no less than 102 competitors taking part in the 2015 series.

Stoughton is a small village nestled in the South Downs just north of Walderton. From Walderton turn off the B2146. Travel in a north-easterly direction through Walderton reaching Stoughton in about 1 mile. The Hare and Hounds pub is on the left as you travel through the village with parking by the side of the road on the section before you reach the pub itself. Approximate post code PO18 9JQ.

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Start to Devil's Humps
Start to Devil's Humps

Start point: 50.8968 lat, -0.8609 long
End point: 50.8929 lat, -0.837 long

Stand on the main village road in Stoughton facing the pub. Face to your left and walk ahead to follow the road towards Walderton (in a south-westerly direction.) In approximately 80 metres, turn left up an initially wide concrete track (a fingerpost points the way). The track quickly turns into a typical farm track. It slopes up gently at first. It is not long before, on the left, you reach a memorial to Bolesław Własnowolski, a Polish pilot shot down during the Second World War. Bolesław in his Hurricane was shot down by an ME109 over Portsmouth on November 1st 1940 at the age of 23. He crashed in the field just in front of his memorial.

Continuing up, the track starts to climb more steeply, bearing first left and then right. Keeping ahead, the track then enters a wood. Just before you enter the wood, on the left is a stone seat made of similar material to Bolesław memorial. You may wish to sit here for a while to recover before the final climb and ponder on the view of where the pilot crashed his aircraft and the village of Stoughton with its pretty little Saxon church of St Mary's.

Continue up through the wood and you will exit at the top with a field on your right (containing a large water tank a short distance into it). As you pass the water tank, look to your right where the view extends all the way down to Chichester Harbour and beyond to the Isle of Wight.

The going has now turned from a track to a path. A short distance ahead a three way fingerpost on the left indicates our turn. Turn left here and now we are on a path with trees on both sides. This track can be muddy after wet weather. Continue ahead until you reach the end of the wood where the path takes us past the first of a number of tumuli (the Devil's Humps).

The first mound is the highest and it is worth climbing to the top of it to take in the view to the south and east. Immediately in front of you is Kingley Vale, known for its twisted and ancient yews and includes a grove of veteran trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Beyond that are Chichester and Bognor. To the west the view goes all the way to Butser Hill with its microwave tower.

Devil's Humps to End
Devil's Humps to End

Start point: 50.8929 lat, -0.837 long
End point: 50.8973 lat, -0.8598 long

Continuing the walk on the same path, we cross first open ground and then re-enter woodland again. The path goes gently downhill. Ignore a three way fingerpost which you will eventually see on your right, instead continue on down the main path until the trees end on your left. Shortly after this you will see a path on your left with another three way fingerpost. Turn left here and you will have a field on your left and trees on your right. In a short distance and at the end of the trees on the right is a memorial seat overlooking the expansive views down to Stoughton and beyond. Again a worthwhile place to stop and contemplate life as you drink in the fabulous views.

From here the path goes gently downhill all the way back to Stoughton. As you travel down this section keep an eye open over the fields to the left as it is not unusual to see a herd of deer. They are usually seen at the far side of the first field fairly close to the distant tree line.

The path passes some farm buildings as it flattens out and it can be quite muddy here. Just before the end of the track it turns right with an open barn containing tractors and other farm equipment on your left. Shortly the track, which is now a concrete track, meets the road in Stoughton. Turn left here and follow the road a short distance back to where you started.

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1 responses to "Stoughton and the Devil's Humps"

If you do this walk in reverse it is marginally easier as the ascent up what is commonly known as "cardiac hill" becomes an easier descent! However take care in adverse weather conditions as the steep descent is not easy. A great walk however with fabulous views. Make sure it is a clear day!!!!

By mikepearson on 2016-03-01 11:38:18

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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Memorial to Polish pilot
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Seat with a view
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Stand of trees on the homeward leg
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View down to Chichester harbour
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Yours truly. Force 6 gust H&H 2015
5609_4seekin1456593635 Stoughton and the Devil's Humps walking guide Image by: seekin
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Battling, 201 entries H&H 2015
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Final chance to sit and admire the view.

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