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West Marden Loop

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West Marden Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 17 Feb 2016 Walk Rating:star1 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guidestar1 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guidestar0 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide
West Sussex, Border with Hampshire
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
West Marden Loop
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide boot West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide
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This is one of my favorite walks in the area, a circular walk, not too long and not too short. It is gently undulating with views down to the Solent and the Isle of Wight in the south and Telegraph Hill in the north.

There are several gentle climbs and descents throughout. The initial and final couple of hundred yards are on the road, so take care on these stretches. You will need to negotiate gates and stiles but these all should be easy enough for a dog to get through. There is a short section in which I have seen sheep once and another small field in which I once came across cattle.

West Marden lies on the B2146. Once in the village, at the crossroads, take the road south signed to Rowland Castle.
Pass the Victoria Inn on the right and Noredown Way is a short distance on the left. I have found this to be the best place to park. The approximate post code is PO18 9EP.

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Walk Sections

Start to Horsley Farm
Start to Horsley Farm

Start point: 50.9163 lat, -0.9038 long
End point: 50.9169 lat, -0.913 long

Walk back to the junction of Noredown Way and the Rowlands Castle road and turn left. Walk for about 200 metres up the road. Take care as there are no pavements on this stretch, although the traffic is very light. As the roads bends left, West Marden Hall is situated on the right. Ignore the first fingerpost, this will be your return path. Instead take the path just to the left of the entrance to West Marden Hall.

This is the first of the two climbs on the walk. The path, which follows the edge of the Hall Gardens, winds its way up and has a solid base of chalk and stones and is not muddy even in wet conditions. At the top, turn right along a wide farm track. Continue along the track, which can be muddy when it is wet, until you reach the farm. At the farm there is a three way fingerpost, turn left to continue along the track in front of the farm.

Horsley Farm to South Holt Farm
Horsley Farm to South Holt Farm

Start point: 50.9169 lat, -0.913 long
End point: 50.912 lat, -0.9404 long

At Horsley Farm cross the small drive which goes into the farm and continue straight ahead into a field. The path stays close to the hedge on the right-hand side. At the end of the field the path enters a wood. After a short distance you meet a staggered crossroads. Go left and immediately right (in effect continuing straight ahead). The path continues through an attractive tree-lined avenue. At the end of this, the path continues with open fields on your left. The path continues just inside the wood with a broken wire fence separating you from the field.

Eventually you enter open fields on both sides with views to the left going all the way to the Isle of Wight. The track then merges with hardcore farm track, continue straight on. Go through South Holt Farm, bearing right onto a surfaced road.

South Holt Farm to Ice House
South Holt Farm to Ice House

Start point: 50.912 lat, -0.9404 long
End point: 50.9192 lat, -0.9421 long

Once on the surfaced road, after about 30 metres turn right at a three-way fingerpost towards Rookwood Cottage. The scalping-based path turns to grass. After a short distance you pass through a kissing gate and in another 25 metres cross over a stile into a small field. Looking left you may see a train passing along the bottom of the valley as it travels the Portsmouth to Waterloo line. You may occasionally also see cows in this field so take care if you have a dog with you. The topography of the field is such that you cannot see the top of the field from the bottom or visa versa. The direction you need to take is straight ahead to a stile which is clearly visible on the far side. (You may wish to stay close to the fence and go round either the top or bottom of the field depending on the location of the cattle).

Once over the stile you enter a wood where, at the right time of the year, you will be overwhelmed by the smell of wild garlic. Continue through the wood, bearing left at a green waymarker labelled Staunton Way. The path now continues downhill towards the edge of the wood where you will see a large house with a walled Victorian garden. Beside the garden (facing you) is a long open shed which until recently housed a small aircraft. Together with the now also removed windsock, you have to marvel at the pilot because the terrain does not look suitable for any landing or take off. As you pass this point also look to your right as a fallen tree just off to the right provides an excellent seat if you are looking for somewhere to stop and have a drink or possibly lunch.

The track then carries on for a short distance to a kissing gate where you will see the remains of a sunken ice house in the field in front of you. The ice house wall, until recently, provided an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the view of St Huberts Church which can now be seen in the middle of the adjacent field. Now though it is protected by a barbed-wire fence.

Ice House to Table and Chair
Ice House to Table and Chair

Start point: 50.9192 lat, -0.9421 long
End point: 50.9266 lat, -0.9105 long

Whilst strictly not on the walk, if the field in which it stands is fallow, you may wish to pay a visit to St Huberts Church which was believed to have been built in the 9th century on land owned by King Harold's father. It holds some interesting wall paintings.

From the ice house, your journey continues to a stile at the bottom of the field in the direction of the church. Pass over the stile and turn immediately right through a kissing gate into another field. Stay close to the hedge on the right and walk parallel to some power lines which run a short distance into the field. Continue to a stile, cross it and keep to the right-hand side of this next field. Just before you meet a galvanised five-bar gate in front of you, the path bears right heading uphill and into a wood.

This is the start of the second and last climb on the walk. After a short distance you will meet a track. Turn left and continue straight ahead (note that another path leads off to the left). In 60 metres some steps on the right show your next direction. Climb the four steps and continue up the path. As you reach the top, the path bears right. Stay close to the field which can now be seen on the right. Shortly after the path flattens off you reach a T junction with a bridleway. Turn left and 85 metres later turn right at an angled crossroads. (Alternatively continue on for a short distance and turn right at a fingerpost under some power lines).

At the next fingerpost do not go on through the five-bar gate, instead turn right. You will shortly exit the wood. Your path carries on, following the right of the field. There are views on your right down to the Solent.

At the bottom of the field turn left then at the next T junction turn left again (the right turn option is signed to a private wood). After going left, the path sweeps around to the right with expansive views to the north as far as Telegraph Hill. At a sharp right bend in the path there is a rather rustic seat made out of a tree trunk and an equally rustic table. Time perhaps for a final rest before the last section of the walk which takes us downhill all the way back to West Marden.

Table and Chair to End
Table and Chair to End

Start point: 50.9266 lat, -0.9421 long
End point: 50.9163 lat, -0.9038 long

From the rustic table and chair it is all downhill back to West Marden. Follow the track down to the bottom of the field. At the T junction of tracks, turn right and head down to a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and turn immediately left. The path stays close to the left-hand side of the field. I should say that I have once seen sheep in this field so take care with dogs.

Following along the left-hand edge of the field you quickly meet another kissing gate. Go through this and then over two stiles to finally come out on the northern side of the entrance to West Marden Hall (a few metres from where your first climb started). Turn left and make your way back down the road and right into Noredown Way where your walk began.

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4 comments for "West Marden Loop"

Enjoyed the walk, as last reviewer stated at end of stone path descent towards end, just turn right and go through kissing gate and just follow fence all the way back to West Marden.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk! We have sent you an email requesting details of the updates needed - if you are able to reply to confirm the wording required for the end, we can update the guide for future walkers...

ADMIN UPDATE OCT 2017: The walk author has kindly visited the site and the wording has been updated to reflect the new kissing gates.

By pompeymatt on 18 Sep 2017

lovely mix of woodland and grass land. towards the end of the walk stiles have been replaced by kissing gates.

By joyanne31 on 27 Aug 2017

Really enjoyed this walk today. Beautiful sunny day and gorgeous views.

By Jimmy the one on 16 May 2016

Lovely walk with views towards Isle of Wight. Don't recommend walking this route after rain as it was extremely muddy and slippery!

By nancywalking on 10 Apr 2016

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10 gallery images for "West Marden Loop"

5545_0seekin1456087615 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
Uploaded: 21 Feb 2016
Stile on route to Ice House
5545_1seekin1456087615 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
Uploaded: 21 Feb 2016
All down hill from here
5545_2seekin1456087615 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
Uploaded: 21 Feb 2016
Sunken Ice House now fenced off
5545_3seekin1456087615 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
Uploaded: 21 Feb 2016
Fallen tree provide ideal lunch seat on the right
5545_0kev0011460328010 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: kev001
Uploaded: 10 Apr 2016

5545_0Ginaha111463434438 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 16 May 2016
In the distance you can see the skyline of Portsmouth and its Spinnaker Tower.
5545_1Ginaha111463434439 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 16 May 2016
At some points on this walk there was wild garlic as far as the eye could see. Pathways lined with it made the walk even more pleasurable.
5545_2Ginaha111463434439 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 16 May 2016
I aim to return when the field is fallow to have a look inside this church.
5545_3Ginaha111463434440 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 16 May 2016
This was before the Church. Wild garlic, buttercups and rape. View was gorgeous
5545_4Ginaha111463434441 West Marden Loop Hampshire Walking Guide Image by: Ginaha11
Uploaded: 16 May 2016
A welcome rest point.

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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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