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Kingley Vale and Woodend

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Kingley Vale and Woodend
Author: mike evans, Published: 25 Aug 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walkstar1 Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walkstar1 Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walkstar0 Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walkstar0 Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walk
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Kingley Vale and Woodend
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walk boot Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walk boot Kingley Vale and Woodend South Downs Walk
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A 5 mile circular walk around Kingley Vale in West Sussex. One of the classic walks locally, Kingley Vale is managed by Natural England. From the top there are views over Sussex, Hampshire and the South Coast. Kingley Vale has one of Europe's most impressive yew forests. The forest contains yews as much as 2,000 years old, which are some of the oldest living organisms in Great Britain. During the Second World War it was used extensively for training and, despite attempts to clear it, it is not unusual to come across the odd spent bullet (as we did!).

The walk includes several gradients and there is one steady uphill section, but nothing overly steep or strenuous on this particular route. There are a number of gates and stiles to negotiate on the route, but we encountered no sheep or cattle. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts at West Stoke Car Park. From Lavant, take the turning which heads west off the A286 (Chichester to Midhurst Road) from St Nicholas Church in the centre of Lavant, to join Downs Road. Drive for 1.9 miles. Just after passing through West Stoke, the road goes sharply downhill and bends right. Just after the bend, you will see the West Stoke car park on the right. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.872686,-0.829495. The nearest postcode is PO18 9BE.

Walk Sections

Start to Main Gate
Start to Main Gate

Start point: 50.8728 lat, -0.8295 long
End point: 50.8832 lat, -0.8303 long

From the car park, walk north and through the obvious kissing gate and onto a wide track. The first section is a straight walk of just over one kilometre. At the end of this stretch you will reach the main access gate to the Kingley Vale park.

Main Gate to View Point
Main Gate to View Point

Start point: 50.8832 lat, -0.8303 long
End point: 50.8911 lat, -0.8254 long

Do NOT enter the park, instead turn right and follow the track for 540 metres. To the right there are far reaching views and, when we did the walk, a large field of sunflowers. When you reach a four-way footpath fingerpost on the right, turn left.

Walk, now going uphill, for 530 metres to reach a beautiful viewpoint, with a Kingley Vale information board on the right. Pause here and take in the views. There are expansive views to the coast and towards Brighton in the east.

View Point to Devil's Humps
View Point to Devil's Humps

Start point: 50.8911 lat, -0.8254 long
End point: 50.8931 lat, -0.8364 long

Turn left and climb a small bank and cross a stile. Initially the way ahead is a little difficult, but soon opens up to a narrow but good path. Watch your footing ahead, as there is a large hole after 25 metres or so.

After 200 metres or so, the path bears to the right and passes through a tunnel of Yews. Continue ahead to exit the tunnel and again continue on the path ahead.

Initially straight, the path then takes you through a kissing gate before bearing to the left and then, as the Devil's Humps come into view, walk ahead towards the first one. There are views to the coast and the Isle of Wight on your left. Climb one of the first two humps to get a view both to the coast and to Chichester and to Buster Hill to the west.

Devil's Humps to Field
Devil's Humps to Field

Start point: 50.8931 lat, -0.8364 long
End point: 50.8881 lat, -0.8446 long

Leave the humps (heading towards the coast views) passing to the left (south east) of the first hump. A short distance from the hump, you will reach a chalky track. Turn right onto it, pass through two (most likely open) galvanised five-bar gates. Continue on this track for 760 metres until you reach a T-junction with another track (there is a three-way footpath fingerpost on the right and a wire fence and an arable field in front of you). (Note: En-route to this point, at about the halfway mark, there is an option to turn left, with a two-way fingerpost on your right. Do NOT turn left but continue directly ahead to reach the T-junction with crop field ahead).

Field to Woodend
Field to Woodend

Start point: 50.8881 lat, -0.8446 long
End point: 50.8744 lat, -0.8434 long

At the T-junction turn left to walk with the arable field on your right and the wood on the left. After 120 metres, the field and the path turn sharply right. There is a blue footpath waymarker on the left with a narrow path going straight ahead. Take this narrow path ahead, leaving the field behind. Continue going downhill and passing through a small wood, exiting this to arable fields now on your right; there are views down to Chichester Harbour. After 500 metres you will merge with a wider track coming in from the left. Continue down this wider track for a further 500 metres to a T-junction of paths.

At the T-junction, turn right. Walk for some 360 metres with a wire fence on both sides to reach a wood. Enter the wood and continue on the same path through the wood as it goes gently downhill for a further 780 metres to reach a road. At the road turn right and walk for approximately 150 metres to reach a left-hand side road.

Woodend to Turning Point
Woodend to Turning Point

Start point: 50.8744 lat, -0.8434 long
End point: 50.8698 lat, -0.8337 long

Turn left at this road junction and walk now for about 330 metres. The road is usually quiet, but keep a close eye out for traffic. Look out for a two-way fingerpost on the left, pointing down a wide track. There is a black and white traffic prevention post in the centre of the track and a blue police anti-theft sign on the right of the track.

Turn left onto the track. Walk for some 740 metres. There are a number of tracks leading off to the left and right. Look out on the left for a track that leads off with a wire fence on the right of it. This is NOT your route, but continue ahead on the track that you have been on, the wire fence continues on the left of your track. At the next left turning the wire fence goes to the left. This is your route.

Turning Point to End
Turning Point to End

Start point: 50.8698 lat, -0.8337 long
End point: 50.8724 lat, -0.8291 long

So turn left here to stay with the wire fence on your left. Now walk along this path for 350 metres to reach a road. There is a one-way fingerpost on the right pointing back the way that you have come from.

Turn left onto the road and, again taking care of any traffic, walk for 125 metres to meet a road at a T-junction. Turn left to follow the National Nature Reserve car park sign. A further 40 metres will return you to your parking spot.

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1 Comments for: "Kingley Vale and Woodend"

stunning views but get there early

By jophoenix on 15 Sep 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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