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Dale Park

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Dale Park
Author: mike evans, Published: 26 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guidestar1 Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guidestar0 Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Dale Park
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guide boot Dale Park, West Sussex walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk in Dale Park near Slindon in West Sussex. The walk takes in a mixture of wooded and open ground and there are no significant climbs or descents. You will need to negotiate both gates and stiles. Both sheep and cattle were encountered on the route (although neither bothered us despite having to pass closely amongst the cattle at one point to reach a stile). We have walked in the same place before when there were no cattle, so it is a bit pot luck. Allow 1.5 hours.

The start of the walk is a small lay-by just off the A29 Fontwell to Bury road. From Chichester travel east on the A27 to Fontwell. Turn left onto the A29 and travel for about 1.5 miles to the Spur pub which is on the right on the brow of a hill. Continue (now going downhill) for about 150 yards and, as the A29 turns to the right, turn left up a small road. Shortly turn left again and in a few metres you will see an unofficial pull-in on the right. It is quite small but will suffice for one or two cars. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.868491,-0.623206 and the nearest postcode is BN18 0NE (which is the postcode of the Spur Pub). The route is served by the number 71 bus from Chichester which is provided by the Compass Bus company. From Chichester the stop is called Chichester Lodge. From the bus stop, walk uphill bearing right almost immediately up Baycombe Lane, the lay-by and the start of the walk is about 100 metres up on the right. The return bus stop is a couple of hundred metres further down the hill on the opposite side.

Walk Sections

Start to Right Turn
Start to Right Turn

Start point: 50.8682 lat, -0.6233 long
End point: 50.8714 lat, -0.6249 long

The walk starts by taking a footpath directly from the lay-by. Walk up the bridleway through a wooded area. Shortly, as a path comes in from the right, carry on straight ahead. On reaching a four-way fingerpost (where a footpath crosses your bridleway), go straight on to stay on the bridleway. Carry on for a total distance of 380 metres (from the start) to reach another four-way fingerpost.

Right Turn to T-Junction
Right Turn to T-Junction

Start point: 50.8714 lat, -0.6249 long
End point: 50.8759 lat, -0.6247 long

Turn right and walk, still in the wood, downhill. Shortly, as the track bears to the right, go straight ahead (effectively turning left) to follow a footpath waymarker post that is on your left. The path is indistinct here but keep straight ahead as you work your way now steeply downhill. Stay confident, as although the path is not clear, provided you go straight downhill it is not possible to go wrong. The downhill path meets a very well-defined path crossing from right to left (with open meadowland beyond). If you hit it right you will see a two-way fingerpost. Either way, turn left onto this new path.

You will now have a wood on your left and open meadowland beyond a fence on your right. Walk for 200 metres or so to the end of the meadow. Continue now with trees on both sides for a further 100 metres or so to reach a path at a T-junction.

T-Junction to Tarmac Road
T-Junction to Tarmac Road

Start point: 50.8759 lat, -0.6247 long
End point: 50.8848 lat, -0.6124 long

There is a three-way footpath fingerpost at this T junction and you should turn right. You will see open meadowland ahead. Now bear right to leave the meadowland and re-enter the woods. Shortly, as the track goes off to the left, there is no sign post but keep straight ahead, now going uphill. As you reach the top of the hill there is a two-way fingerpost on the left, carry straight on. On reaching another path at a T-junction (with a three-way fingerpost), turn left onto the new path. Walk for some 700 metres and, after passing a three-way fingerpost on the right, bear right towards a five-bar gate with a stile to the right of it.

Pass over the stile and bear right to cross a short stretch of grass heading towards the right-hand corner of some trees opposite, a distance of about 100 metres. Head to the right of these trees to reach a waymarker at the corner. Now stay to the right of a wire fence along the edge of this wood. After a short distance turn right to stay with the wire fence as it leaves the wood and crosses an open meadow with an arable field on the other side of the fence on your left. There is a line of electric overhead cables following the same route. Ahead is another tree line.

Pass through the tree line to enter the wood through a large five bar gate (or the stile to the right of it) and walk a short distance uphill. There is a track coming in from the right and almost immediately after you meet a track at a T-junction on a bend. Do NOT take the first right, but turn right at the 'T-junction' instead.

Walk through the wood for some 300 metres, initially passing some nissen huts that must date back to the Second World War, and then later passing the drive to a house on the left. Continue on to meet a narrow roadway.

Tarmac Road to Wide Grass Track
Tarmac Road to Wide Grass Track

Start point: 50.8848 lat, -0.6124 long
End point: 50.8824 lat, -0.6058 long

At the narrow roadway, turn right to join it. Walk along the roadway for some 300 metres as it curves to the left through woodland then opens to a lovely vista on the left (see associated picture). Three spectacular cedars can be seen.

Continue on the roadway as it continues to curve gently to the left, now with trees to your right and the open view to your left. After some further 400 metres, where you meet a crossroads with a four-way fingerpost on your right, take the right-hand option.

Wide Grass Track to Pointless Stile
 Wide Grass Track to Pointless Stile

Start point: 50.8824 lat, -0.6058 long
End point: 50.8739 lat, -0.6122 long

Walk down a concrete track to shortly pass through (open) double galvanised gates. Then as the concrete track goes off to the right and into a Southern Water works, go straight ahead through a further galvanised five bar gate and onto a wide grassy area with a wire fence on both sides. Walk along this grassy ride for some 470 metres. At the end of the wide grass area the track narrows and enters some trees. Walk straight ahead through the trees for a distance of 80 metres.

At the end of the trees there is an unnecessary stile on the right and a fingerpost beside it. Continue straight ahead into a meadow and walk 100 metres across it to reach some trees. Follow with the track to the left of the trees and, after a further 100 metres, you will reach a junction with a track that merges in from your left. There is a pointless stile on the left and a two-way fingerpost at this junction.

Pointless Stile to End
Pointless Stile to End

Start point: 50.8739 lat, -0.6122 long
End point: 50.8683 lat, -0.6229 long

Turn sharp left onto the track. After 30 metres or so bear right off the track and onto a grassy track. After about 50 metres pass a footpath waymarker post on your left. Walk now going gently downhill for 400 metres, with an arable field on your right and a wood on your left, to reach a drive. Turn left onto the drive and walk along it for 450 metres to reach a cottage on your left. Bear right to follow a waymarker onto a track that goes into the woods. DO NOT take the right-hand option indicated by a two-way finger post. After 70 metres or so, at a footpath waymarker on the right, bear off to the right (actually more straight ahead), as the track that you are on bears left. After about 100 metres, when you reach a crossroads of paths with a four-way fingerpost to your right, turn left. Bear right as a track comes in from your left and follow the track the short distance back to your starting point.

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