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|Hooks Way and back via Telegraph House|
|Author: seekin, Published: 24 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 4 mile circular walk in West Sussex through woodland and open downland with expansive views. Locally I would say this is a classic walk, passing a pub deep in the woods which holds a lot of history for locals of a certain age. The walk also passes a poignant memorial to a young German pilot and Telegraph House, a reminder of an earlier conflict. |
There are no stiles on this walk and no cattle, but you will need to negotiate some gates and there is a possibility that sheep may be encountered. There are a couple of short, moderately steep sections in the walk. Allow 2 hours.
The walk is off of the B2141 Lavant to Petersfield Road some 5.3 miles from Lavant. From Lavant travel north on the A286 Midhurst Road. After leaving Lavant going north towards Midhurst, turn left after 350 metres onto the B2141 Petersfield Road. After 4.5 miles on a left-hand bend, look out for a lane on the right with a cul-de-sac sign. The latitude and longitude for this point is 50.936870,-0.843887. There is parking on the grass at the top of the lane. Approximate post code PO18 9JY.
|Start to Memorial|
Start point: 50.9369 lat, -0.844 long
From the start point, walk steeply down the lane heading in a northerly direction. The pub at the bottom of the hill is called the Royal Oak. Locally it has always been known simply as Hooks Way. Going back to the 1960s the pub, which brewed its own beer, sold only beer and cider served across a serving hatch into a single room, lit only by hurricane lamps (no electricity). The pub must have been about 12 foot square but basically held as many people as turned up! The landlord of this pub, Alf Angier was a man of some character. Then in his 90s, Alf would often stand on the ancient table, holding a gartered mannequin's leg and let rip to a bawdy song or two, to the accompaniment of a local on a squeeze box. The roof was generally lifted by the singing from the assembled locals. Alf would tell many a story in his broad Sussex accent including the one about when the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) called in there on the way to or from the racing at Goodwood. But I digress as our walk passes by this historic monument...
|Memorial to Turning Point|
Start point: 50.9466 lat, -0.8285 long
From the memorial, continue ahead and after 500 metres a track will join you, coming in from your left. Bear right to continue on the South Downs Way as it travels on downhill. On your left as you go down this section, look out for a number of WW2 gun emplacements set at regular intervals. 570 metres from the joining of the tracks you will reach a T-junction.
|Turning Point to End|
Start point: 50.959 lat, -0.8404 long
After turning 90 degrees to the left, the path climbs steeply and crosses a cattle grid. There are expansive views on the left. The path then descends just as steeply before again climbing (all be it at a slightly gentler gradient) as it bends slowly round to the left. 1.4km from the beginning of this section you will meet a path coming in from the right to form a T-junction.
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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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