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Halnaker Loop

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Halnaker Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 14 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guidestar1 Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guidestar1 Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guidestar1 Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guidestar0 Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Halnaker Loop
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guide boot Halnaker Loop, West Sussex Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk in the surrounds of Halnaker and Boxgrove, near Chichester in West Sussex. The walk passes through woodland and open country and gives an option to visit Halnaker windmill. There are some gentle gradients but mainly it is fairly flat. There are both stiles and gates to negotiate, but we did not meet any cattle or sheep. Our springer did not require help at any of the stiles. Allow 2 hours.

Halnaker is about 2.5 miles north west of Chichester, on the A285 between Chichester and Petworth. 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 and look for an unofficial layby on the left at a junction with a narrow road. Park in the layby. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.870712,-0.699889 and the nearest postcode is PO18 0NF.

Walk Sections

Start to Lay-by
Start to Lay-by

Start point: 50.8706 lat, -0.6999 long
End point: 50.8783 lat, -0.6834 long

From the parking spot, walk east onto an obvious track which goes ahead (as if it is an extension of the lay-by). Shortly reach Mill Cottage with a track leading off to the left. Continue ahead leaving the cottage to your left and following a sign to Halnaker windmill. After 300 metres or so, reach a five-bar gate across the track. Pass over a stile to the right of this five-bar gate. (There is an adjacent two-way fingerpost). Now continue on a path running a short distance to the right of, but parallel to, the main track. Shortly cross another stile to continue on the same path. In 185 metres (at a three-way fingerpost) there is an option to turn left and take a 1km (this is the total distance there and back) detour to visit Halnaker windmill. Note that this detour is straight forward, but a GPS track is not included on the live map.

Otherwise, continue on the path that you are on for a further 330 metres, crossing a stile en route, and pass a vineyard on your right to reach a crossing track with a stile and a two-way fingerpost on the left. Turn left to go over the stile (or more likely turn left on the track and then immediately turn right) to walk with a wire fence on your right and open fields on your left. After 240 metres, follow the path as it leaves the field to pass through a few small bushes and brambles towards an electricity pole. Pass through a gap to the right of it, with a footpath waymarker to your right. Walk now straight ahead on a grassy area between two arable fields. Shortly reach a hedge and continue to the right of it. At the end of the field the path bears right and goes down a short slope to reach a road (A285) at a lay-by.

Lay-by to Field Edge
Lay-by to Field Edge

Start point: 50.8783 lat, -0.6834 long
End point: 50.8773 lat, -0.6725 long

Turn left onto the lay-by and, ignoring a drive going off to the left, walk carefully on the verge going gently uphill for 200 metres beside the main road. Look out for a green public footpath fingerpost on the right. Carefully cross the road to join a 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 then 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.

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 to reach a three-way footpath fingerpost.

Field Edge to Thicket Lane
Field Edge to Thicket Lane

Start point: 50.8773 lat, -0.6725 long
End point: 50.8677 lat, -0.6843 long

Turn sharp/acutely right at the fingerpost to cross the adjacent arable field diagonally at an angle of about 45 degrees. When we crossed it the path was obvious, but it is possible that at another time of the year this might not be the case. There is a false horizon on the field but beyond that a clump of trees can be seen. Aim at these trees (see image).

The path terminates at the corner of the trees, with a two-way fingerpost on the right. Follow the fingerpost to walk to the left of the trees. There are views ahead to the coast.
At the end of the trees, again if the path is not obvious, bear slightly right to aim just short of the bottom right of the arable field.

When you reach the end of the arable field, there is a wire fence with trees beyond. There is an opening in the fence with a footpath waymarker post to the right of it. Pass through the gap and follow a path through the trees. Walk a few metres, slightly downhill to meet a crossing path at a further waymarker and turn left onto it. Walk slightly downhill as the path curves to the right to reach a three-way fingerpost. On reaching the fingerpost turn right.

Continue slightly downhill towards a waymarker that can be seen ahead, about 70 metres or so. At this waymarker the track turns sharply right, but you should turn left to follow the waymarker. Walk through the trees and gently downhill. At the end of the wood, you will reach a (somewhat rusty) five bar gate with a kissing gate to the right of it. Pass through the kissing gate and onto a road.

Turn left onto the road and after a few metres meet another road on a bend. Turn left onto this road. Pass between two road signs proclaiming 6’6” width. Walk for 300 metres or so and, as the road turns to the left, turn right off the road to pass through a gap alongside a five-bar gate and past a bridleway fingerpost.

Thicket Lane to Meadow
Thicket Lane to Meadow

Start point: 50.8677 lat, -0.6843 long
End point: 50.8663 lat, -0.7046 long

Shortly bear right as the track goes into a field with another track leading off to the right. Walk with a wood on your right and a few trees on your left and then open arable fields. The mast of a mobile base station can be seen on the left. Stay with the path as it kisses the field once again on the left before bearing right away from the field. The path reaches a wide farm track passing from left to right. Walk straight across this and continue for 200 metres to reach a five-bar gate leading to a lane. On the lane turn right and walk to pass beneath some electricity cables.

After some 180 metres the lane bears left to terminate at a five-bar gate, with an unmade track going straight ahead signed Timwood Lane. Pass to the right of a holly tree to follow this lane. Stay on the track, ignoring two options en-route to turn off left through kissing gates. After 800 metres or so you will reach a road on a bend. The left option takes you to Keepers Cottage. DO NOT go this way, but go straight ahead (to effectively turn right onto the road). Walk for 350 metres and, after passing the entrance to a large house on the left, look out for a public footpath fingerpost by a stile on the right. Pass over the stile and into a meadow.

Meadow to End
Meadow to End

Start point: 50.8663 lat, -0.7046 long
End point: 50.8707 lat, -0.6998 long

Walk straight across the meadow, passing a large flint house on your left. Aim for a stile in a line of firs directly ahead. Pass over the stile and walk straight ahead across an arable field towards a fingerpost which can be seen on the other side.

At the end of the field, walk ahead and slightly downhill bearing left. As the track bears right, go straight ahead into an arable field. Now this final stretch of the route does not exactly follow the official right of way, but the farmer appears to want you to follow the tracks left by a tractor (and footprints on the ground indicated that this is what people have done). You may need to improvise on the day but the associated image will show you where you need to end up. Cross the arable field, a distance of 240 metres, to exit the field onto a road opposite your parking spot. Carefully cross the road to finish the walk.

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