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|Slindon Park Circular|
|Author: Claire, Published: 14 Jan 2014||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 3 mile circular walk through Slindon Park, an ancient estate set within the South Downs in West Sussex. The route heads north around the edge of Slindon’s Medieval deer park before passing through the unspoilt downland village of Slindon and then returning through woodland. There’s something for everyone on this varied walk with woodland flowers in the Spring, plenty of wildlife, ancient beech trees and the charming brick and flint houses of the village itself. The Forge, the community cafe and shop, provides the perfect place for refreshments on route. |
The route has just a few gentle slopes and the paths are generally well-made, although some of the woodland paths can get very muddy after periods of rain. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate, just a couple of steps and the paths are very uneven in places. One section of the walk follows village roads where there are no pavements, so take care of any traffic at these points. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Slindon is a small village which is located about 6 miles east of Chichester and 2 miles west of Arundel in West Sussex. The village is accessed from the A29, close to its junction with the A27. The walk starts and finishes from the free National Trust car park on Park Lane. Approximate post code BN18 0QY.
|Start to Raised Beach|
Start point: 50.861 lat, -0.6367 long
From the car park take the middle of the three paths, the track to the left of the notice board which heads directly away from the road. After a short distance, fork left onto another path (alongside a gate). Follow this woodland path, which is famous for its rich carpet of bluebells in the spring.
|Raised Beach to Slindon College|
Start point: 50.8645 lat, -0.647 long
When you are ready to continue, resume your journey along the main track with the raised Pale bank still to the right. After just a few paces the track swings right, passing back through the Pale. On the left you’ll pass Druids’ Grove, a hauntingly beautiful collection of the surviving ancient beech trees and a great place for a picnic.
|Slindon College to The Forge|
Start point: 50.8689 lat, -0.6374 long
Keep right along the main road, with the tall boundary wall for Slindon College to the right. The original site of Slindon House was the medieval residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury. The present Elizabethan structure by Sir Garrett Kempe, was bequeathed (along with the surrounding parkland and beech woods) to the National Trust in 1950. Today the house is home to Slindon College, an independent day and boarding school.
|The Forge to End|
Start point: 50.8626 lat, -0.6292 long
Formerly the village blacksmith’s, The Forge opened in October 2012 as a community run shop and cafe. The shop stocks a wide range of items – it’s a cross between a convenience store with everyday essentials, a farm shop with lots of fresh produce, and a deli – all with an emphasis on local produce wherever possible, including some of its own unique products. The café is licensed, serves delicious coffee, light meals and cakes – much of it homemade, or sourced from local suppliers. There’s free wi-fi and dogs, cyclists and walkers are made very welcome. In fine weather you can sit outside and enjoy the views across the fields to the woods.
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Easy walk - mostly sheltered. Dog off lead most of the time. The Forge is just wonderful - fab lunch & drinks (for 2) for under £15. We'll be back for another Slindon Estate walk!!
|By philnorman49 on 23 Feb 2015|
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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