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Eartham Loop

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Eartham Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 08 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guidestar1 Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guidestar1 Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guidestar1 Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guidestar1 Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Eartham Loop
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guide boot Eartham Loop West Sussex South Downs walking Guide
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This 4 mile Eartham Loop in West Sussex takes you through some lovely countryside and charming woodland around the village of Eartham. There are some mild gradients on the route but nothing too extreme. There is a short stretch (of 100 metres or so) on a main road, but it has a good verge to walk on. No cattle or sheep were encountered, but there are a number of stiles and gates. There was no problem for our dog passing either of these. Allow 2 hours.

Eartham is about 1.5 miles north of Fontwell, which is on the A27 between Chichester and Arundel. From Chichester drive east on the A27 for 1.4 miles before turning left onto the A285 towards Halnaker. Drive for 2 miles, passing through Halnaker to turn right at a sign to Slindon and Eartham. Follow the signs to Eartham, a distance of about 1.5 miles. Park where you can, but the walk is described from the road junction opposite Great Ballard School which we found wide enough to park besides. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.876789, -0.666639 and the nearest postcode is PO18 0LT. The Compass bus service runs the 99 bus service from Chichester or Petworth and the bus stops outside of the Great Ballard School.

Walk Sections

Start to Pump House
Start to Pump House

Start point: 50.8768 lat, -0.6668 long
End point: 50.8767 lat, -0.6636 long

The start of the walk takes you past Great Ballard School, so a little about that. Eartham House was originally built in 1800 and was occupied by the poet William Hayley. The house was subsequently purchased by William Huskisson, a prominent nineteenth-century politician. Huskisson, despite his high-profile political career, is best remembered for the tragic manner of his death – he was run over by George Stephenson's locomotive engine The Rocket at the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway line in 1830.

From the parking spot walk to the road junction and past Great Ballard School entrance. With this entrance to your right and a flag pole at the apex of the junction to your left, walk down the road past a flint cottage on your left with four gabled windows. As the road curves to the right, fork left onto the track. There is a public footpath fingerpost on the left.

Shortly you will pass an interesting flint building on your right. This is an old water pumping station built in 1907 to serve one of the local buildings, More than likely Eartham House, now Ballard school.

Pump House to Wood
Pump House to Wood

Start point: 50.8767 lat, -0.6636 long
End point: 50.877 lat, -0.6524 long

Continue uphill along the track for some 475 metres, passing a waymarker post on the right. Continue to reach a somewhat pointless stile to the left of an opening. Pass through the opening and then turn immediately left. Walk now along the edge of the field with a fence and a hedge of trees behind it on your left and an arable field on your right.

At the top of the field and at a two-way fingerpost, turn right, again continuing along the edge of the field with expansive views down to the sea. At the end of the field walk through a gap (alongside another pointless stile) to reach a bridleway with a three-way fingerpost within woodland.

Wood to Road
Wood to Road

Start point: 50.877 lat, -0.6524 long
End point: 50.8864 lat, -0.6648 long

Turn left onto the bridleway and walk through the wood. Follow the path as it goes steadily uphill. Continue for some 750 metres and then, after bearing round to the right and after a further couple of hundred metres, meet a crossing path with a fingerpost on the left. Turn left here to start to go downhill.

After some 300 metres and at the bottom of the hill, at effectively a crossroads of tracks, turn left to walk up a small rise. Continue walking on the flat for a short distance before going slightly downhill. Follow the path for nearly 1km to the point where it terminates at a white barrier (designed to stop traffic). Walk into a more open area with two wooden buildings to the right. Continue ahead and past another barrier and then past a bungalow (behind a high hedge) on your right. You will shortly reach a road with a bridleway fingerpost on the left.

Road to A285
Road to A285

Start point: 50.8864 lat, -0.6648 long
End point: 50.8808 lat, -0.6777 long

Turn right onto the road and walk for some 25 to 30 metres before turning left at a footpath fingerpost. Follow a narrow path through the wood. On meeting a crossing track (the left of which goes straight into a field), walk ‘straight’ ahead past a two-way fingerpost on your right and up a small incline to continue on the same path.

Continue with an arable field beyond a few bushes and shrubs on your left, the wood remaining on your right. Later, cross straight over a track that goes between two arable fields Finally the path ends at a stile (which has space for a dog to pass through).

Turn right onto a new grassy path leading gently downhill. Follow the path and cross a farm track with a five bar gate on the right, and continue straight ahead on a narrow path that runs along the top of a small bank. Shortly ahead you will pass another pointless stile to the right (with a whole field of space to the left of it). On reaching a fingerpost on the right, turn right and walk to shortly reach a road, the A285.

A285 to Field
A285 to Field

Start point: 50.8808 lat, -0.6777 long
End point: 50.8791 lat, -0.6772 long

Taking great care, cross the road and turn left to walk on the verge. Walk downhill for some 280 metres or so and look out for a green public footpath fingerpost on the left. Carefully re-cross the road to join this path through some woods. Walk gently uphill to reach a stile in a wooden fence (after 180 metres or so).

Go over the stile or through the space to the right of the fence. In line with the stile, cross a farm track, turn right and go through a five-bar gate and turn left immediately. Walk towards a footpath waymarker on the left some 20 metres ahead. Walk through two stout posts beside the waymarker and then pass through a few small trees towards an arable field and a footpath fingerpost (see image).

Field to End
Field to End

Start point: 50.8791 lat, -0.6772 long
End point: 50.8768 lat, -0.667 long

The fingerpost points slightly to the right but the farmer has left a path (which obviously he would prefer you to use) directly ahead. Follow the way directly ahead across the arable field. Walk uphill towards the false horizon ahead. Take the opportunity to look behind you as you walk uphill, to get a great view of Halnaker windmill in the middle distance.

As you pass over the brow of the hill one solitary post marks the way (with nothing on it). Over the crest, a lovely view of the village of Eartham opens up ahead. Walk downhill towards the village and the edge of the field with a three-way footpath fingerpost. Go straight ahead to pass to the left of it and, two or three metres on, pass through a kissing gate and follow the path downhill. After a few paces, bear right onto the edge of an arable field and then shortly enter a further arable field and turn left to walk along a path with a hedge of trees on your left and the arable field on your right.

Walk gently downhill to the left of the arable field, with a hedge to your left. At the end of the field, walk straight ahead now with a fence on both sides towards a small five bar gate (with a galvanised gate to the right of it). Pass through either to continue going gently uphill with fencing on both sides. Pass a churchyard wall on your left to reach a road. When you reach the road, turn left to carefully walk up the road, bearing left to reach your parking spot where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Eartham Loop"

1st walk using the app, found all directions and explanations spot on !! Looking forward to the next one... Week Done.

By chrisnp on 07 Apr 2019

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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