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Worlds End and Patching

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Worlds End and Patching
Author: WSW, Published: 13 Jun 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Worlds End and Patching West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Worlds End and Patching West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Worlds End and Patching West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Worlds End and Patching West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Worlds End and Patching West Sussex walking Guide
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Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Worlds End and Patching
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Hi, I'm Mark and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk, a 2.5 mile circular pub walk from The Worlds End in Patching. When it comes to the weekend there is nothing more enjoyable than getting out with the family and getting some exercise and fresh air! The route is a gentle circuit through meadows, woodland and fields and is absolutely perfect for all the family. The Worlds End is a beautiful old Sussex longhouse where you can refuel and rehydrate with a great choice of food and drink. 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 follows footpaths and bridleways through fields and woodlands, all of which can get very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are gentle gradients throughout, but nothing too strenuous. You will need to negotiate several gates plus four stiles, all of which have very large gaps alongside which should be easy for dogs to pass through. Approximate time 1 hour.

The walk starts and finishes at the Worlds End pub in Patching, which is located next to Patching Lake just north of the A27 between Worthing and Arundel. Leave the A27 at the junction with the A280, signed for Patching. At the roundabout with the sliproads just north of the A27, take the small side road called Arundel Road, heading west. You will come to the pub just a little way along on the right. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code BN13 3UQ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Jewshead Wood
Start to Jewshead Wood

Start point: 50.8399 lat, -0.4585 long
End point: 50.8445 lat, -0.4654 long

Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and cross over Arundel Road with care to reach the far pavement. Turn right along this pavement and ignore the first side road to the right, France Lane. Further along, just after Selden House on your right, cross over the road to turn right onto the signed public footpath.

Pass through the remains of a kissing gate and follow the enclosed grass path to reach a gate ahead. Pass through this to enter a grass field and walk at about 1 o’clock to reach a gap in the hedge at the far side. Walk through the hedgerow and go through the next gate to enter a second large meadow.

Follow the obvious grass path ahead, leading you along the right-hand edge of this second meadow and then a third one (passing through a gate along the way). At the top, turn right across the stile to reach a crossroads marked with a fingerpost. Turn immediately left to enter Jewshead Wood.

Jewshead Wood to Patching Hill
Jewshead Wood to Patching Hill

Start point: 50.8445 lat, -0.4654 long
End point: 50.8524 lat, -0.4627 long

Follow this pretty woodland path leading you steadily downhill. At the far side you will emerge from the trees to reach a junction with an unmade farm track (alongside a crop field). Bear right along this (with the last section of woodland running on your right). Where the woodland ends, go straight ahead on the path which leads you directly through the centre of the crop field.

Across to your right you will be able to see the spire of the church in Patching, which we will be visiting on the way back to the pub. In the centre of the field you will come to a crossroads of paths. Keep straight ahead and, further along, this path continues with crops to your right and a section of woodland running on your left. At the top, cross the stile ahead to enter the woodland. Keep ahead for a few paces to reach a junction of multiple tracks.

Turn right to join the main bridleway track, signed with a blue arrow. Follow this bridleway ahead, which can get very muddy in part, and at the far end you will emerge from the trees to reach the edge of another crop field on Patching Hill.

Patching Hill to Patching Village
Patching Hill to Patching Village

Start point: 50.8524 lat, -0.4627 long
End point: 50.8478 lat, -0.4565 long

Walk ahead on the grass track which leads you between two crop fields. After about 200 metres you will reach a waymarker post. At this point, turn right to join the wide path leading you steadily downhill through the crop field. There are great views at this point across the valley and to the rolling hills beyond, with the spire of Patching Church sitting at about 11 o’clock.

Stay with this path leading you downhill until you reach a fingerpost, with buildings and silos to your left and a concrete hard standing area ahead. Turn left to join the concrete track, passing some pretty converted flint barns on your right.

The concrete track swings right, with the pretty flint St John’s Church across to your left (which you can visit should you wish). Follow the concrete track to a junction with the road in Patching village, directly opposite the old forge.

Patching Village to End
Patching Village to End

Start point: 50.8478 lat, -0.4565 long
End point: 50.8401 lat, -0.458 long

Turn right along the road, taking care of any traffic, and it will lead you downhill passing a pair of pretty thatched cottages on your left. Take the first side road on the left, Coldharbour Lane, passing Dulaney House on your right. Continue past Dulaney and Downsview Cottages on your right and, immediately before the first semi-detached property on your right, turn right to join the grass track.

Follow this track with the hedgerow running on your right and the end of the semi-detached house on your left. A few metres along (as you draw level with the rear of the semi-detached house), fork left and join the path which runs alongside the garden fence on your left. Where this fence ends, keep ahead on the obvious track which leads you through the remainder of the crop field.

At the bottom, cross the stile ahead to reach the corner of a meadow. Dog leg left then immediately right to join the grass path running through this meadow, staying close to the hedgerow on your right. Follow this path all the way to the far end of the meadow and go ahead through the gap in the hedgerow to reach a stile. Cross this and walk ahead to join the unmade path running through the woodland belt with a fence on your left and a stream on your right.

At the first junction, keep straight ahead on this woodland path (which can be prone to becoming overgrown at the height of the growing season). Before you reach the road, you will find a gap in the fence on your right. Turn right through this to enter the rear garden of The Worlds End pub for some well-earned hospitality.

If you enjoyed this walk, remember to visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com 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.

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2 responses to "Worlds End and Patching"

Fantastic walk, really enjoyed it. Now added to my favourites list as we will be doing again!

By Crunch70 on 2016-06-27 07:50:05

Great walk. Will be doing it regularly. Many thanks.

By gregtheactor on 2016-09-06 15:09:11

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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Here we are at the start
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About a quarter of the way round
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Three quarters of the way round
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Time for lunch and a coffee!!!

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