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Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs

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Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs
Author: stuartb3502, Published: 03 Dec 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guidestar0 Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guidestar0 Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guidestar0 Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guidestar0 Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guide
West Sussex, Halnaker
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guide boot Halnaker Windmill Woods and Downs Walking Guide
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An 8 mile circular walk close to the village of Halnaker in West Sussex. This is a longish walk (allow 3.5 hours), optionally visiting Halnaker Hill and windmill, with fine views and taking in a section of Stane Street, the route of an old Roman Road. The walk also passes the ruins of Halnaker House and enjoys lovely sections of woodland and downland.

There are some long, but gentle climbs with a couple of shorter slightly steeper sections. It crosses a mixture of woodland and downland using footpaths, bridleways and forestry tracks. There is a short (500m) section walking along the A285 but there is a decent verge. There are ten stiles (at least 4 of these could be bypassed) and two kissing gates on the route. There is space at all stiles for a small to medium dog to go underneath or around. We encountered a few muddier parts after rain in November, but none were problematic. This walk crosses the A285 four times, and three of these are where there is a 60mph speed limit. We encountered no livestock on the walk, but there are a couple of places where there might be at another time.

The start of the walk is at Eartham Woods Forestry Commission car park. This has free parking. There is a 2.1m height restriction, although there is also a small unrestricted area (marked for horse boxes). The nearest postcode is PO18 0LU but this is some way past the car park. If coming from the north, take the A285 from Upwaltham. After reaching the top of the hill (where Selhurstpark road is to your right), continue straight on and downhill and look for the next left in just over half a mile. which leaves at 30 degrees and is signposted Great Ballard School. The car park is just over 0.25 miles along this road on the left.

Walk Sections

Start to Stane Street
Start to Stane Street

Start point: 50.8883 lat, -0.6666 long
End point: 50.8869 lat, -0.665 long

The path from the car park can be found close to the entrance height restriction (to your right as you enter the car park from the road). Follow this a short distance to a T junction of paths and turn right. Continue to the road. At the road, cross and go slightly to your left where you will see a small gap in the hedgerow (marked by a person in the photo). The footpath sign here is hidden until you have crossed and entered the copse.

Stane Street to A285
Stane Street to A285

Start point: 50.8869 lat, -0.665 long
End point: 50.8808 lat, -0.6777 long

The path here is part of Stane Street, the Roman Road built between AD 53 and AD 70 running from London to Chichester (modern names). There are better preserved sections, but the built up roadway with ditches either side is clear along parts of this section. When you reach a track which crosses the footpath, continue straight on (marked by a footpath sign).

As you reach the A285, there is a stile, but the gate was also open when we walked here. Take great care crossing this road as it can carry extremely fast cars and motorbikes. There is a decently wide verge on the far side. Cross and turn left along the verge.

A285 to Halnaker Windmill
A285 to Halnaker Windmill

Start point: 50.8808 lat, -0.6777 long
End point: 50.8739 lat, -0.6928 long

Continue down the side of the A285 for about 500m until you reach a lay-by on the right near the entrance to Seabach House. Look for a footpath sign through the hedge from the lay-by and follow this. There is a stile here but this could be bypassed when we walked this. The path continues to follow the route of Stane Street and is straight up between the fields underneath and following some small power lines. At the end of the field, the path continues straight on through a gap in the hedgerow marked with a post.

Continue on the path. When the path emerges from the hedgerows, there is a crossing track. Looking left down this track you will see the A285 in the distance and will be at the corner of a vineyard. Go slightly left and immediately right to pass to the side of a stile where the path continues along the fence of the vineyard and is marked by a footpath sign. You will still be going in the same direction (broadly following the power lines above).

The path is narrow and eroded for a short section and can be muddy so take care. You will reach a track on your right which goes up Halnaker Hill to the windmill via a kissing gate.

Halnaker Windmill to Re-crossing the A285
Halnaker Windmill to Re-crossing the A285

Start point: 50.8739 lat, -0.6928 long
End point: 50.8706 lat, -0.6999 long

The walk to the windmill is a slightly steeper section, but rewards you with the best views of the walk - from here you can see the sea, Bognor, Chichester (large spire), Goodwood racecourse (white pointed roofs of the stand on the hill) and as far as the edge of the New Forest (marked by Fawley refinery on the horizon).

Walk back down from the windmill and re-join the footpath. N.B. although there is a road track running parallel to this footpath, the vehicle gate at the end is locked and you would need to climb over, so use the path not the roadway. If you take the footpath at the beginning there is a stile at the end instead.

Continue down the track after this until you reach the A285 again at another lay-by and entrance to Warehead Farm. Taking great care again, cross the A285 here to follow the footpath marked with a green and white footpath sign and a gap in the hedge.

Re-crossing the A285 to Tinwood Lane
Re-crossing the A285 to Tinwood Lane

Start point: 50.8706 lat, -0.6999 long
End point: 50.8663 lat, -0.7045 long

Once across the road and in the field, the path snakes immediately right and then left before going straight to the far right corner of the field. The path exits this corner of the field. In a short distance follow the path slightly left into another field and the path then runs across the centre of this field to a stile in a line of conifers at the far side (pictured). Then cross the next field to another stile next to a vehicle gate. At this stile you will be at Tinwood Lane.

Tinwood Lane to Park Lane
Tinwood Lane to Park Lane

Start point: 50.8663 lat, -0.7045 long
End point: 50.865 lat, -0.7116 long

Cross the stile and turn right along the lane. In a short distance, look out for some wooden steps up the bank on the left. Go up these and through a gate. The path then runs under an avenue of trees with a vineyard to your right. Continue to the end where the path goes sharp left and then reaches a T junction of paths. Turn right and walk to the end of this path to another gate next to a crossroads of a minor road and the A285. The Anglesey Arms is a short distance along to your right.

From here, look across the main road to see a flint wall with an archway. The lane to the right of it is Park Lane and this is your route.

Crossing the A285 here again requires great care. Although the speed limit is lower, the junction is on a bend. I suggest crossing the minor road ahead of you first and going slightly to your left along the A285 where there is a dropped kerb directly opposite the brick building (The Old Store Guest House) where you will be further from the bend. Or turn right and cross near the pub if you need more time to cross. Then head on to Park Lane.

Park Lane to Selhurstpark Road
Park Lane to Selhurstpark Road

Start point: 50.865 lat, -0.7116 long
End point: 50.8947 lat, -0.703 long

There now follows a long straight section starting on the dead-end road Park Lane. Walk all the way up this road with the flint wall to your left. On the way you can catch another glimpse of the windmill to your right and then the impressive ruins of Halnaker House surrounded by dead trees. At the end of the surfaced road you'll see a vehicle gate with a pedestrian gate alongside. Go through this and continue straight on with the wall to your left (ignore the gate over to the right) to reach another pedestrian gate alongside a vehicle gate.

Here you will enter the woods and Halnaker Park. The path is along a track and at first meanders through mixed woodland before becoming a straight forestry track through a plantation of beech. It is just under 2 miles, keeping straight on at any crossing tracks which are marked with bridleway posts. The track will climb gently and then for the last short stretch be slightly more steep. At the top of the hill, you will reach a brideway marker post pointing only left (pictured). Go left here and follow the bridleway. (Note that the forestry track straight ahead is a slight short short cut, but not a right of way).

Upon reaching a metal vehicle gate just before the road (Selhurstpark Road), pass to the left of the gate and then look to your right for a stile and footpath fingerpost. Take this path.

Selhurstpark Road to Metal Post
Selhurstpark Road to Metal Post

Start point: 50.8947 lat, -0.703 long
End point: 50.8904 lat, -0.6782 long

Follow this path through the woods, eventually emerging on to downland (pictured), just before the point where a path across the field merges from the left. Go straight on and very shortly the path will curve to the right to lead you to a stile ahead of you. When we walked here, there was no fence to the left of the stile. Pass the stile to enter the field and head diagonally across to your right to the far corner where there is another stile.

Cross the stile and follow the path between the two fields passing by a solitary oak tree. The windmill is on the horizon to your right. At the end of the field you will reach a crossroads, with a redundant metal gate and stile to your left (pictured on next section).

Metal Post to End
Metal Post to End

Start point: 50.8904 lat, -0.6782 long
End point: 50.8882 lat, -0.6669 long

At this crossroads, turn left and follow this path until you reach the A285 again. Cross and take the footpath on the other side of the road marked by a green and white sign.

Follow this path a short distance until you reach another minor road. You can see the road entrance to the car park to your right. Turn right and walk a few yards along the lane before crossing and heading left through the woodland surrounding the car park, to reach the parking area where the walk began.

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