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North Stoke

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North Stoke
Author: mike evans, Published: 16 Sep 2018 Walk Rating:star1 North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide star1 North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide star1 North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide star1 North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide star0 North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
North Stoke
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide boot North Stoke  - iFootpath Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the tiny hamlet of North Stoke in West Sussex. The walk has great views throughout with, in places, views over Arundel and all the way down to the English Channel. There are gates to negotiate on the walk, but no stiles. We passed through meadows holding sheep, but we did not meet any cattle (although this might be possible at other times). Allow 2.5 hours.

The tiny hamlet of North Stoke can be reached from Amberley, which is on the road from Fontwell to Storrington. From the A27 at Fontwell take the A29 towards Bury. Drive for 3.5 miles to the Whiteways cafe roundabout. Take the B2139 towards Amberley and Storrington. Drive for approximately 2 miles steeply down hill to reach and cross a narrow bridge over the River Arun. Take the first right shortly after the bridge and drive down the narrow road for 0.75 miles to reach North Stoke. On reaching the hamlet you will see a T-junction with a telephone box in front of you. Turn right and in a short distance you will see a disused building on the left, with a grassy area in front. This is a suitable place to park. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.887310,-0.548485. The nearest postcode is BN18 9LS. (This is the postcode of the church which is a few hundred metres on from the parking spot.)

Walk Sections

Start to Meadow
Start to Meadow

Start point: 50.8874 lat, -0.5483 long
End point: 50.8858 lat, -0.5327 long

From the parking spot, walk back in the direction that you came. When you reach the left-hand turn in the road (with a telephone box on the right), ignore this and continue straight ahead. There is an electrical transformer on a wooden pole a short distance ahead on the right. Walk for 200 metres. Shortly after passing a waymarker post on the left, you will see an old galvanised five bar gate on the right with a smaller gate and a bridleway fingerpost. Bear right to pass through the smaller gate (somewhat hidden to the right of the galvanised gate in the undergrowth) and into a meadow. Follow the farm track as it descends and runs to the left below some power lines. (There were sheep in this meadow when we walked). At the bottom of the meadow follow the power lines to pass through a wooden five bar gate. You will see another gate a short distance ahead. Pass through this second gate and walk straight ahead towards the double support poles of the power line, situated in the left-hand corner of the meadow. Pass the poles and head towards an obvious open five bar gate and walk through it.

Meadow to Farm
Meadow to Farm

Start point: 50.8858 lat, -0.5327 long
End point: 50.8742 lat, -0.527 long

Continue ahead as the path narrows with a rithe (drainage ditch) on your right. Walk on the path for some 650 metres. Towards the end, the path bears left and enters some trees. At the end of this section, there is a two-way bridleway fingerpost on the left and then a five bar gate and, as the path turns sharply to the right, a further three-way fingerpost by a stile. To the left you will see an escarpment climbs steeply.

Do NOT take the left-hand options, instead bear right to stay at the edge of the meadow, now with a wire fence on the right. After 500 metres you will pass a stile and fingerpost on the right. Continue past these to meet a wide farm track. Follow this as it swings left and starts to climb. Continue on this track for 560 metres to reach some farm buildings on the right and a small road at a junction.

Farm to Viewpoint
Farm to Viewpoint

Start point: 50.8742 lat, -0.527 long
End point: 50.8819 lat, -0.5226 long

Turn left onto the road. Walk for 450 metres to a T-junction with a grass triangle in the middle. Turn left (noting the public bridleway sign on the left). Walk ahead, initially with paddocks on the right. There are far reaching views on both sides. Walk on for some 500 metres passing some flint built farm buildings on the right towards the end. Just past the buildings, a three-way fingerpost points off to a track and footpath on your right. Do NOT follow this, instead continue ahead on the bridleway, now slightly rougher with grass growing in the middle. The track bends to the right and, after 230 metres, there is a footpath fingerpost on the left (to the right of a galvanised gate). This is NOT your route but you might like to dwell here for a couple minutes, to lean on said gate and look backwards, as the view here reaches over Arundel and its castle and down as far as the English Channel, so it is well worth a look.

Viewpoint to Lane
Viewpoint to Lane

Start point: 50.8819 lat, -0.5226 long
End point: 50.89 lat, -0.5187 long

From the gate and fingerpost, continue on the same track. Walk for 680 metres to reach a three-way bridleway fingerpost, with a grassy track leading off to the right. Turn right onto this track, which has a wood on the left. Shortly pass a waymarker on the left pointing into the wood. Ignore this but continue ahead for about another 100 metres to reach another three-way bridleway fingerpost as the track curves to the right. Turn left here and enter a wooded area. Stay on the path for just over 200 metres, ignoring paths off to the left and right at a four-way fingerpost part way along the route. Emerge onto a wider track and turn right.

Lane to End
Lane to End

Start point: 50.89 lat, -0.5187 long
End point: 50.8875 lat, -0.548 long

Once on the track, continue ahead for about 230 metres to meet a track coming in from the right (at an angle). There is a two-way fingerpost on the left. Walk straight ahead, to the left of a galvanised five bar gate and onto what is a public road. Walk now for 2km on what is initially a pretty rough public road, to return to your parking spot.

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1 comments for "North Stoke"

Glorious walk, but it’s only 4 miles.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. All iFootpath walks are tracked using our bespoke GPS Tracker which is calibrated to match Ordnance Survey distances. We then round to the nearest mile for simplicity. In this case the GPS track is 4.7 miles (hence rounded to 5 miles). Other trackers you use may be calibrated differently (especially fitness type apps which estimate distances based on your steps).

By trudieann on 19 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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