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|Graffam and Lavington Park|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 16 Jun 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Graffam|
|Hi, I'm Richard and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. It's a 1.5 mile easy access route following the quiet tarmac driveways within Lavington Park, a mansion and parkland which is now home to a stud farm and an independent school. Sitting at the base of the South Downs, the area is very tranquil and there are great views that stretch north to Petworth and beyond. The quiet tarmac surfaces are great for running or a lunchtime stroll but are also ideal for walking with wheelchairs or pushchairs. 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 tarmac driveways for its entire length. The walk has several very gentle climbs and descents throughout but there are no steep sections. There are no stiles, steps or kissing gates on route but you will need to negotiate two single gates. With this in mind the route would be suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. The fenced fields to the sides are likely to be holding sheep and horses so take particular care with dogs. Allow 45 minutes.
If you are looking for refreshments, you could stock up on picnic supplies from the Graffam Village Stores (which stocks a range of locally produced food and drink) or you will find The White Horse pub within Graffam village – both just a short drive from the starting point.
Graffam village is located about 4 miles south-west of Petworth and you can follow signs to the village from the A285. The walk starts and finishes from St Giles Church which is south of the village centre (follow the signs to Church and School). There is street parking alongside the church, but please park with respect for the local residents. Approximate post code GU28 0NJ.
|Start to Lavington Stud|
Start point: 50.9428 lat, -0.6792 long
Standing on the road with your back to St Giles Church (facing the infant school opposite), turn right along the road. Continue past Coach House Cottage and Church Farm on your right and, a few metres later, follow the main lane which swings left to reach the ornate Graffam Gate for Lavington Park. Pass through this gateway and you will pass West Lodge on your right, which once would have served the mansion within Lavington Park.
|Lavington Stud to Calloways House|
Start point: 50.9415 lat, -0.6665 long
Follow the driveway ahead with fenced paddocks and pastures each side. Within these fields you will see a mixture of sheep and racehorses (with adorable foals in the spring and summer months).
|Calloways House to End|
Start point: 50.9454 lat, -0.6777 long
Follow the driveway as it swings left, passing the entrance for Calloways House on your left, to reach a fork (marked with a fingerpost). Take the left-hand branch and follow this driveway with fenced trees to your left and a fenced pasture on your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author WSW and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great walk on a frosty morning
|By land6278 on 22 Jan 2017|
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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