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Stansted Park Walk Around

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Stansted Park Walk Around
Author: mike evans, Published: 06 Mar 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Stansted Park Walk Aroundstar1 Stansted Park Walk Aroundstar1 Stansted Park Walk Aroundstar1 Stansted Park Walk Aroundstar0 Stansted Park Walk Around
West Sussex, Sussex Hampshire Border
Walk Type: Garden or park
Stansted Park Walk Around
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stansted Park Walk Around boot Stansted Park Walk Around
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A 4 mile walk around the grounds of Stansted House, near Emsworth in West Sussex and Rowlands Castle in Hampshire. A mixture of woodland and parkland. There are no hills but it can be muddy in places during the winter months. You will need to negotiate both kissing gates and stiles en route. We met no cattle or sheep during the walk. Allow 2 hours.

Stansted Park is north of Emsworth on the Broad Walk road between Westbourne and Forestside. From Emsworth go north on the Horndean road. Shortly after leaving Emsworth and at the top of the hill, turn right onto Emsworth Common Road. After 1.3 miles take the second left onto Broad Walk road. After one mile look out for a small car park in the wood on the left. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.887669,-0.929503 and the nearest postcode is PO9 6DX.

Walk Sections

Start to Y-junction
 Start to Y-junction

Start point: 50.8878 lat, -0.9294 long
End point: 50.8432 lat, -0.8983 long

From the parking area walk back to the road and turn left. Walk on the verge for a hundred metres and carefully cross the road to access the Stansted House drive.

Walk down the wide drive for some 450 metres and, as the trees come to an end, turn left and pass through a small wooden five bar gate. Walk ahead along the bridleway with fields to your right and woodland to your left. Walk for just over one kilometre, ignoring the three-way fingerpost after about 500 metres which points to a footpath on the left. At the end of the kilometre stretch, a two-way bridleway fingerpost on the left points into the wood. Bear left away from the field on the right and into the wood. 50 metres or so into the wood you will come to a junction of four tracks, two being footpaths and two being bridleways. Take the first on the right (a footpath). Follow this path for 150 metres or so to a Y-junction. Take the right-hand option towards a field which can be seen a short distance away.

Y-junction to Trees
Y-junction to Trees

Start point: 50.8432 lat, -0.8983 long
End point: 50.8993 lat, -0.9146 long

At the edge of the wood is a kissing gate. Pass through the gate and into the field. Follow the (fairly indistinct) track as it passes between two recently planted trees (which are surrounded by small fences) and on towards the corner of a stand of fir trees, about two hundred and fifty metres ahead. About halfway across, you will pass a footpath waymarker. A kissing gate will come into view, having previously been hidden in a hollow.

Continue to the kissing gate, pass through it and aim towards a two-way fingerpost at the edge of the trees. There is now a wire fence on the right (see image).

Trees to Woodlands Lane
Trees to Woodlands Lane

Start point: 50.8993 lat, -0.9146 long
End point: 50.897 lat, -0.9118 long

At the fingerpost, turn right to continue with the trees now on your left and the wire fence on your right. After about two hundred metres the path enters the wood. Pass through the wood, a distance of 80 metres or so, passing through a 'forest' of newly planted saplings to emerge onto a tarmac drive.

Cross straight over the tarmac drive and follow the footpath on the four-way fingerpost back into a wooded area. Walk through the short wood to reach a field. Cross the short field to a 'gate' (made from a pallet) on the far side. Pass through the 'gate' and into an arable field. The path ahead was somewhat indistinct when we did the walk, but the path goes diagonally left and just to the left of a group of trees and shrubs in the middle of the field. (And just to say that there are a number of groups of trees and shrubs in the field but this group is the furthest left of them). See image.

Woodlands Lane to Park Lane
Woodlands Lane to Park Lane

Start point: 50.897 lat, -0.9118 long
End point: 50.8911 lat, -0.905 long

Exit the field onto the track. Follow it as it bears slightly left. Shortly you will reach a fenced-off tree with a three-way fingerpost on a grass triangle at a T-junction with another track. Go straight over this track and cross a stile (to the right of a large wooden five bar gate) into a wooded area. There is a yellow footpath waymarker to the left of the stile.

A short distance into the wood, bear right at a Y-junction. (To the left a conservation sign requests that you do not enter). A short distance on you will emerge into a field with a two-way footpath fingerpost on the left. Make careful note of the direction of the fingerpost as, again, the way ahead across this arable field is somewhat indistinct. This time the route passes to the right of a group of trees and shrubs in the field. Aim towards a two-way fingerpost halfway to the distant tree line.

After about 400 metres and at the edge of this field you will reach the said fingerpost. Again make careful note of the direction of the fingerpost as you cross a grass track and continue into another arable field, bearing just slightly right of your previous direction. Aim for the corner of this field, just to the right of the ivy-covered tree in the inset image.

Park Lane to Car Park
Park Lane to Car Park

Start point: 50.8911 lat, -0.905 long
End point: 50.8829 lat, -0.9159 long

At the edge of the field there are two, two-way fingerposts a short distance apart. Walk past them both and on a few paces and onto a track. Turn left onto the track and continue a short distance to a galvanised five bar gate, with a gap to the left of it and with a four-way fingerpost to the left of that. Turn right onto the restricted byway.

Walk now on the wide track for some 350 metres to meet a four-way fingerpost on the left by a stile. You want the right-hand option, although it is not immediately apparent where this is. Continue for a few paces and you will see it in the form of a galvanised kissing gate on the right. Pass through this gate and walk for 100 metres or so (with a wire fence on your right) to a further galvanised kissing gate, and pass through that. There is a a yellow footpath waymarker by it. Note the direction of the waymarker and follow this direction across the meadow ahead. Aim at the left-hand end of a wooden fence, where there is another galvanised kissing gate with a large wooden five bar gate a short distance to the right of it. See image. Pass through this kissing gate and into an area used as an overflow car park for the Stansted House Garden Centre, which is a short distance off to the right. There is a two-way fingerpost on your right.

Car Park to End
Car Park to End

Start point: 50.8829 lat, -0.9159 long
End point: 50.8866 lat, -0.9225 long

Walk ahead through the overflow car park following the newly built exit road. Shortly, as the exit road meets the main drive, turn right. Walk up the tarmac drive for just over one hundred metres and, as the tarmac drive sweeps right towards the Garden Centre, walk straight ahead on a gravel track. After a few metres turn left onto a footpath. Walk along this fenced-off footpath for some 300 metres or so to meet a further tarmac drive. This is the drive along which you originality walked into the estate, so turn left onto it and walk for just over 500 metres to reach the road. Carefully cross and turn left to walk the short distance back to the car park which will be on your right.

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4 Comments for: "Stansted Park Walk Around"

Did this walk on Sunday with a friend, excellent directions. However I thought I should let you know that 2 of the sections across fields would have been difficult without our blue dot, as they have been planted with crops. The one closest to the house is full of quite high sweet corn. Still enjoyed though, even with soggy trousers 😊

By julieannshaw on 24 Oct 2018

Followed this route today great directions. All footpaths are back to normal. In fact, on page 3 you no longer have to cross a stile you just walk into the short field. Lovely, flat walk thank you.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know, we have updated the guide.

By lbarratt on 20 Aug 2018

Public footpaths between 4-3, 3-2 are non existant currently. Had to skirt around the fields & the way is very hard going as a result.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for the comment. We believe this is only a short-term temporary closure of paths for some maintenance work and, as you mention, there is a diversion available.

By emilouhughes on 22 Apr 2018

Some of the paths are currently closed for conservation, but very easy to get to them after few metres diversion.

By viladin on 18 Apr 2018

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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