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Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden

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Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden
Author: seekin, Published: 24 Apr 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guidestar1 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guidestar1 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guidestar1 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guidestar1 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide boot Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide boot Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide
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A circular walk that takes in woodland and open countryside and two ancient villages in rural Sussex plus expansive views across the South Downs. At the right time of the year you are rewarded with carpets of bluebells and particularly stunning carpets of white wild garlic throughout the walk.

The walk begins in Stoughton Down car park. The walk includes two climbs, one close to the beginning and one two thirds of the way through. Parts of the walk can be muddy in places during wet weather. I have never seen any cattle on this walk but there is one small field that usually has sheep in it. There are a number of stiles, one of which has no facility for dogs; that said our Springer navigated it himself without any problems.

The walk starts from the Stoughton Down Forestry Commission car park (2 metre height restriction). The car park can be found on a sharp bend midway between the small villages of Stoughton and East Marden in West Sussex. Nearest post code PO18 9JQ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Up Marden
Start to Up Marden

Start point: 50.9072 lat, -0.8419 long
End point: 50.9214 lat, -0.8694 long

Exit the car park back onto the Stoughton to East Marden road and turn right. Ignore the 1st fingerpost on the left (which points through a gap in the hedge) and continue until you reach the next fingerpost on the left, which is the one we want. This points down a short road to a couple of houses (it is 300 metres from the car park). (NOTE: Ignore also the fingerpost on the right - this is our return route ). Turn left towards the houses. Our route goes up to the right of the houses, again a fingerpost points the way.

This is the start of the first climb. Climb steadily here up the chalky path. Ignore the first obvious turning to the left, which you will see after 200 metres or so. Continue up for another 100 metres and turn left onto a path (just as the path that you are on starts to level off ahead of you).

Continue along this new path until it emerges into a field after about one kilometre. Cross the field staying next to the tree line on your right, climb down a bank into a track and turn right along this. Continue along this track as it climbs slowly. Go straight ahead ignoring any crossing paths or other paths off the track. Your path now descends and reaches a field. In the middle of the field is an obvious cross roads of paths with a four-way fingerpost with a cairn at the base of it. An interesting feature is an airstrip running left to right through the centre of this field. This is owned by a company specialising in aerial photography who are based in a local farm. Go straight ahead across this field, heading towards a wood, passing the cairn and fingerpost en route. A route marker at the edge of the wood points the way forward.

Follow the path as it winds its way through this pretty little wood and over a stile at the end of it. The path now proceeds with fenced off fields on both sides and reaches a gate in about 50 metres. Pass through the gate and continue now for a short distance with a wooden fence on your right. Climb a further stile to a road and turn right. In a few metres follow a fingerpost on your left to enter a field.

Walk diagonally across the field towards a small wooden building which stands on its own in the field. When you reach it, take a look inside because this was the village well which served a thriving and long-lost community that once lived here.

Continue on to the end of the field and into the churchyard of the 12th century church of St Michael's. It is normally locked which is unfortunate as it houses some interesting wall paintings. You might care to take advantage of the bench seat in the churchyard and spend couple of minutes of your time to give a thought to two courageous Englishmen buried in the small churchyard. Herbert Richard Westmacott, the highest ranking SAS officer to be killed in Northern Ireland, and his father Herbert Patrick, a much decorated sub mariner.

Up Marden to East Marden
Up Marden to East Marden

Start point: 50.9214 lat, -0.8694 long
End point: 50.9253 lat, -0.8525 long

From the church, walk up the short entrance drive passing a recently restored historic barn on your left and in a short distance turn right along a lane. In 90 metres on reaching a road turn left. In 100 metres there is a fingerpost pointing right. Ignore this and continue for a further 250 metres or so where a second fingerpost points right to our actual route.

Enter the wood and walk downhill where in approximately 350 metres you will reach a crossroads of paths with a four way fingerpost. Turn left here and continue downhill to a field. Again follow a fingerpost (effectively turning right) to go along the edge of the field.

At the end of the field pass through the tree-line, turn right and after a short distance, left, to follow the edge of this field. After turning left another 300 metres brings us to a stile on the right. (This is the stile mentioned in the introduction which does not have a facility for a dog to cross. As said, our Springer had no problem bounding up and over it). The short field that follows often has sheep in it. Cross diagonally to the far left corner (possibly crossing a guarded electric fence en-route) to a stile and exit onto a road. Turn right and make your way down to the thatched and pretty village well of East Marden.

East Marden to End
East Marden to End

Start point: 50.9253 lat, -0.8525 long
End point: 50.9074 lat, -0.8426 long

When you reach the East Marden village well, turn left to follow the road signposted Chilgrove 2 miles. After about 90 metres turn right up a lane. In about 100 metres you will see a modern brick built building on your right, owned by British Telecom. A short distance after this you will see a fingerpost pointing left towards a wide farm track and some farm buildings. Turn left and continue straight up this track (ignoring the right turn option).

Shortly the track changes from a hardcore track to grass. The track has a hedge/tree line on your left. Pass over or by a stile after about 200 metres. Continue on to a stile on the left as you reach the end of the field where there is a small wood. Pass into the wood and pass a small building on your right which is quietly disintegrating and houses an old water pump. At the end of the small wood, climb the stile and enter a meadow. Draw breath here because the climb that follows is short but sharp. As you climb, walk slightly to the left towards the right-hand end of a group of trees which will appear in front of you. Cross a stile here to walk along the right-hand edge of these trees with a barbed wire fence and a field on your right.

The path meets a road at a T-junction. Turn right along the road. After passing a white painted bungalow on your left the road becomes a wide grass track. About 200 metres after passing the bungalow, at a somewhat ambiguous fingerpost, a path leads off to the right. Take this path and walk gently downhill.

Stay on this path which lasts for about 1.3km and eventually opens up to fields on your left. At the right time of the year this section has carpets of bluebells which in turn give way to a sea of white wild garlic. It ends at a road, close to the point where you left the road near the start of the walk. On reaching the road, turn left and in about 300 metres you will reach the car park that you started from.

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1 responses to "Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden"

Walked many times around this area but never this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. We did manage to get lost once so just incase this helps anyone when you get to the finger post in the middle of the field with the cairn so straight ahead as the directions. You will then get to the edge of the field and follow the sign post (again as directions). Here you will have a field to your left (horses in it when we were there) and trees to your right. At the bottom turn left and go round a metal gate and then look for a footpath sign on your right that goes across a field and the directions then follow very well. I think our problem was that we had printed the instructions out and the map was too dark. However, we will do this again and would recommend it. Thank you for sharing.

By Ginaha11 on 2016-05-15 16:34:32

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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5873_0Ginaha111463327028 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970

5873_1Ginaha111463327029 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Even though the church is no longer used for services it is well worth having a look inside. Plenty of seating outside as well.
5873_2Ginaha111463327030 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Wild garlic was in abundance throughout the walk.
5873_3Ginaha111463327030 Stoughton, Up Marden and East Marden Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Last steep climb finished.

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