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|Moonlight Cottage Cocking and Heyshott Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 21 Feb 2014||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, Midhurst|
|A 4 mile circular walk from Moonlight Cottage in Cocking, West Sussex in the heart of the South Downs. Moonlight Cottage is a wonderful B&B (open all year) and tea room (open March to September) offering walkers a perfect base for weekends away or simply some much needed refreshments after a day of walking. The walking route heads north through Hoe Copse to reach the nearby village of Heyshott before returning across the rolling fields. There are lovely views across the patchwork hills of the Downs throughout and lots of wildlife to enjoy in the woodlands. |
The route has a few steady climbs and descents throughout. In terms of obstacles there are some gates, two stiles (both with open fencing gaps suitable for most dogs), some steps and a couple of narrow footbridges to negotiate. There are also a couple of sections of walking on quiet country/village lanes so take care of any traffic at these points. The walk follows mainly unmade woodland and field paths which, whilst generally firm, can become quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. Some of the paths across fields can become obscured by crops before harvest. You may come across sheep and/or horses in a couple of the fields so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Cocking is located on the A286, just 3 miles south of Midhurst in West Sussex. The walk starts and finishes from Moonlight Cottage B&B and Tea Room, which is located on the main A286 road, on the left-hand side if you are travelling south from Midhurst. Moonlight Cottage has its own small car park alongside which day walkers are welcome to use if they are visiting the tea room before or after their walk. If this car park is full, there are additional spaces behind The Malthouse (on the opposite side of the road - turn down the lane marked public footpath and History Column) which is also managed by the owners of Moonlight Cottage. Approximate post code GU29 0HN.
|Start to Hoe Copse|
Start point: 50.9505 lat, -0.7517 long
Standing on the main A286 road facing Moonlight Cottage, turn left along the pavement, heading north into the village. On the left you’ll pass a pretty set of terraced cottages built in 1904.
|Hoe Copse to Mill Lane|
Start point: 50.9541 lat, -0.7453 long
Take this path, heading down a few steps into Hoe Copse which contains a beautiful carpet of bluebells every spring. Follow the obvious path over the stream and swinging right to pass through a section of coppiced hazel. A little later, the path veers left towards the centre of the woodland, with a section of coniferous trees on the right.
|Mill Lane to Marsh Pond|
Start point: 50.9603 lat, -0.7322 long
Turn left along the grass verge for just a short distance and, when you reach the signpost on the opposite side, cross over to turn right along the bridleway. Follow the bridleway through a long belt of trees. Soon the path becomes a sunken stony track with steep banks each side (this path can run with water after periods of rain). The path leads you to a footbridge over a stream.
|Marsh Pond to Hampshire Copse|
Start point: 50.9599 lat, -0.7251 long
Continue on the roadside verge past the pond, and immediately afterwards take the signed footpath to the left. Follow this path across the rough marshland (hence the name of the pond!), staying fairly close to the hedge across to the left. You will need to use the sleeper bridge to cross the ditch which is used to drain this marsh area.
|Hampshire Copse to End|
Start point: 50.9533 lat, -0.7343 long
Follow the path through the copse and out into the next field. Keep straight ahead on the grass path between crop fields. As the hedge over to the left ends, fork left onto the path striking out diagonally through the large crop field. The path will lead you to a gap in the hedge with the road beyond. Do NOT go through to the road, instead bear right to follow the field edge with the road running down to the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Have just done this walk and would just like to tell you that now you can see the steps at the corner of the field, because the hedge has now been cut back exposing the steps that lead onto the tarmac path. Poully x
|By Gina1951 on 12 Aug 2017|
There are some changes on this walk. In section 3 when you reach Canine Partners you turn right at tarmac road and then left around the outside of the dog training field. In section 5 the field path is overgrown with crops making it difficult to walk round. There are no steps in the corner to get out to concrete access road. The next field to Sage Barn was also overgrown with crops making the footpath difficult to find.
|By linny on 13 Jul 2017|
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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