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Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden

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Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden
Author: mike evans, Published: 24 Aug 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guidestar1 Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guidestar1 Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guidestar1 Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guidestar1 Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guide boot Bracken's Recovery Walk, North Marden - Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from North Marden in West Sussex, published to celebrate Bracken's recovery. Bracken, our Springer, has been through the painful experience of two cruciate ligament failures in the last year (believe me we shared the pain!). This was his first full walk as he recovers, so not too long. Starting from the small hamlet of North Marden, the circular walk is close to Hooks Way and Harting Hill.

You will encounter the usual ups and downs of the South Downs, but nothing too extreme. In terms of livestock, we only encountered sheep (which were separated from the path by an electric fence). You will need to pass through a number of five-bar gates, but any stiles on the route are disused and can be easily passed by. Allow 2 hours.

North Marden is off the B2141 Lavant to Petersfield road, which is accessed off the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road. Leave Lavant on the A286 and, after half a mile, turn left onto the B2141. In approximately 5 miles turn left to North Marden. There is a sign to North and East Marden on the right. Park on the verge on the right after a hundred yards or so, just before a track that takes you to St Mary's Church. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.939738,-0.851141 and the nearest postcode is PO18 9JU.

Walk Sections

Start to Drive
Start to Drive

Start point: 50.9397 lat, -0.8512 long
End point: 50.9458 lat, -0.8463 long

From the suggested parking spot walk back up the road to the B2141, a distance of 50 metres or so. Turn right and walk on the verge for some 135 metres. Turn left to carefully cross the road and enter a tunnel of trees, to follow the footpath. (There is a footpath sign to the right of the path). Walk for some 440 metres through the tunnel of trees to meet a further footpath at a T-junction (with a three-way fingerpost). Turn left here and walk for 440 metres on a wider footpath. As the path bears right (with a galvanised gate on the left and a narrower path to the left of that), turn left onto this narrower path so that you pass to the left of the galvanised gate.

Walk along this path for 135 metres to reach and pass through a wooden five-bar gate with a tarmac drive ahead.

Drive to Little Round Down
Drive to Little Round Down

Start point: 50.9458 lat, -0.8463 long
End point: 50.955 lat, -0.8555 long

Turn right onto the tarmac drive and walk down this wide beech-lined drive for some 750 metres, passing Telegraph House on your left en-route. On reaching a large wooden five-bar gate with a smaller similar gate to the left of it, pass through the smaller of the two. Continue ahead and after a few paces you will reach a three-way fingerpost on the left, and a footpath leading off to the right. Do NOT turn right but continue straight ahead. After 200 metres pass through a small wooden five-bar gate and continue for a further 300 metres or so to reach a three-way fingerpost on the right a footpath leading off to the left (and a small galvanised gate standing off to the left of the path, serving no purpose whatsoever!)

Little Round Down to B2141 Crossing
Little Round Down to B2141 Crossing

Start point: 50.955 lat, -0.8555 long
End point: 50.947 lat, -0.8662 long

Turn left onto the new path, just before the purposeless gate. Walk (now downhill) for a distance of 580 metres to reach a four-way fingerpost and turn left.

Follow the path and, after 150 metres from the start of this path at a waymarker, the path bears right and starts to go uphill through some woods. After 200 metres or so, pass through a double five-bar gate and bear right, with the trees now giving way to a field on the right. Continue now with the field on your right and trees on your left. Bear left and continue to the end of the field. At the end of the field, pass through a few trees to again meet a field on your right. After a short distance you will see a galvanised five-bar gate in front of you. Ahead is a very fast road so take great care. Pass through the gate and walk the short distance to the road and VERY carefully cross it.

B2141 Crossing to Woodland
B2141 Crossing to Woodland

Start point: 50.947 lat, -0.8662 long
End point: 50.937 lat, -0.8578 long

Once across the road, the local landowner has helped out somewhat by adding some indicator arrows of his own, no doubt encouraged by people taking the wrong route into his land. The arrows are bright yellow on a red background and quite obvious. So once across the road, follow the path into the wood and a few paces in, at a small galvanised gate, turn left to follow the arrow. After 40 metres again follow the arrow to turn right onto a wide track. The wide track splits after some 75 metres, take the left (arrowed) branch. After a few paces you reach a field. Pass a two-way fingerpost on the right and stay to the right of the field, following the field edge ahead and then turning left at the end of the field. Continue, again staying at the edge of the field, for 200 metres or so until the path bears right to leave the field.

After leaving the field take care because the so-far very helpful additional signs can now catch you out. Shortly after leaving the field at a three-way fingerpost the red and yellow signs indicate to go straight on. Your route though takes the left-hand option! The gap into this left-hand option is narrow and the sign is half buried in the hedge and you could easily miss it (as we did!).

A few paces on and things become somewhat clearer. There are woods to your left and a meadow to your right. At the time that we did the walk the path was separated from the meadow with an electric fence with sheep in the meadow. After 450 metres or so, pass a two-way footpath fingerpost attached to an unnecessary stile (off the path to your left). Walk still with the wood on your left and a meadow on your right for a further 180 metres. The path bears round to the left following the trees and shortly, just before the path again bears to the right, you will reach a multi-way fingerpost on the left with a protected electric fence crossing on your right. Turn left here passing by another unnecessary stile to enter a short wood.

After a short distance, emerge from the wood onto the right-hand side of an arable field with a hedge of trees on your right. Walk ahead for 170 metres to pass through a hedge of trees and into a further arable field. Again staying to the right of this field, walk a similar distance and again pass through another hedge and into a third field. At the end of this field (250 metres) a wide farm track bears to the right. Take care as your route does NOT follow this track, but enters the wood ahead through an almost invisible entrance.

Woodland to End
Woodland to End

Start point: 50.937 lat, -0.8578 long
End point: 50.9399 lat, -0.8511 long

Once in the wood, turn to the left and walk for 120 metres and follow the path as it turns to the right with a five-bar galvanised gate and a fingerpost ahead. Shortly exit the wood and walk with a hedge of trees on your left and an arable field on your right. Stay to the left of the field as you climb gently uphill and, at the top of the field, continue ahead (now with a wire fence on the left) to leave the field. After 50 metres or so, you will reach a more organised farm track and then shortly thereafter reach St Mary's Church. The pretty little church was open when we did the walk and worth a visit.

Once past the church, continue on the church access track to soon reach the road where you will have parked.

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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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