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Finchdean and West Marden Loop

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Finchdean and West Marden Loop
Author: seekin, Published: 17 Nov 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guidestar1 Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guidestar1 Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guidestar1 Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guidestar1 Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guide
Hampshire, Sussex Hampshire Border
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Finchdean and West Marden Loop
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guide boot Finchdean and West Marden Loop Waking Guide
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A pleasant 4.5 mile circular walk starting at Finchdean and going to West Marden, returning by an alternate route. The walk includes woodland and open downland with views down to the Solent during the early part of the walk.

The walk follows a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet lanes. There is one stile that you will need to cross twice (once at the start of the walk and once at the end). There are no cattle or sheep on this walk. Allow 2.5 hours.

Finchdean is a small village which lies to the north of Rowlands Castle and to the east of Horndean. From Rowlands Castle travel north up the Finchdean Road. After one mile turn left onto Dean Lane. You will reach Finchdean, in 0.4 of a mile. The postcode in the centre of the village is PO8 0AY and the lat-lng is 50.910129 -0.950824. There is (currently) free parking in the centre of the village for a few cars by the village hall, otherwise there are areas in the village where roadside parking is possible.

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Walk Sections

Start to West Marden
Start to West Marden

Start point: 50.9089 lat, -0.9518 long
End point: 50.916 lat, -0.9112 long

The walk starts on a footpath at the right-hand side of the pub car park. Go over a stile to start the walk. Walk down the narrow path for 100 metres to a small bridge carrying the Portsmouth to Waterloo railway line. Pass under the bridge and into a field. Follow the path straight across the field (160 metres) to the right-hand end of a line of hedging and trees. When you reach the hedge continue straight ahead with the hedge on your left until you reach a narrow road (130 metres).

Turn left onto the narrow road and continue ahead. After a short distance enter a small wood before emerging into the open again with a meadow on the left and a field on the right. After a distance of 480 metres the road bears right at a fingerpost into a farm. Go into the farm, keeping to the left of the farm building. A three way fingerpost on your right points the way. Choose the direction that points straight ahead to pass a barn on your left and take the track to the right of a hedge of trees, with another barn on your right.

The hedge on your left soon peters out so that you have fields on both sides. After some 270 metres the most defined path goes to the left. Do NOT take this but continue straight ahead on the now grass track. After a further 300 metres or so, at a waymarker, follow the path into a wood.

Follow the path as it stays close to the edge of the wood with glimpses of the open countryside to your right. After some 400 metres you enter more dense woodland. After another 250 metres (and after crossing a track), continue straight ahead exiting the wood into a field. There is a hedge a short distance into the field. Go to the right of this.

Keeping the hedge on your left, make your way towards a wood clad building at the end of the field. (530 metres). Follow the obvious path out of the field and past the building to a T-junction of paths. At the T-junction there is a fingerpost straight in front of you. Turn right and continue ahead.

West Marden to End
West Marden to End

Start point: 50.916 lat, -0.9112 long
End point: 50.9088 lat, -0.9518 long

After turning right at the T-junction, continue for 450 metres (ignoring the three-way bridleway sign on your left along the way). At the end of the path, at a small grass triangle, you meet a small road. Turn right and after a short distance a village sign for Forestside confirms that you are heading in the right direction.

Continue, pass Oldhouse Lane on your left and 120 metres later, again at a small grass triangle, take the small tarmac lane on your right. (There is a fingerpost adjacent to a telephone pole at the far side of the grass triangle). After 95 metres follow the lane as it turns left and as you continue the tarmac peters out to become a grass track. The track continues with fields each side for almost 1km before entering a small wood.

As an aside (and depending on your perspective), the sign on a gate into a field on your right, just before you enter the small wood, promises a future point of interest. It is a planning notice to develop and run an oil well for 25 years!

Keep along the same path, now with a tree hedge on both sides and then continue through a wood for a further 640 metres to reach Keepers Cottage, a lovely thatched cottage and barn. Bear left and continue along a track for a further 640 metres before exiting onto a lane at a T-junction.

Turn right and walk along the lane for 300 metres to meet the original path on the left that you should recognise from the start of the walk. Turn left onto this path and follow it, first with a hedge on the right and then crossing an open field. Go under the rail bridge and back into Finchdean and the starting point of the walk.

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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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