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|West Chiltington and Nutbourne|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 06 Jun 2016||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, Pulborough|
|Hi, I'm Ali and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. It's a 6 mile circular journey through the gently rolling Sussex hills surrounding the idyllic village of West Chiltington, taking in a converted windmill, large sections of vineyard, great views, sheep pastures, old ponds, pretty woodland and a couple of village pubs along the way. It is so peaceful too. If you stop to listen, the only things breaking the silence are the rustling trees, birdsong, a few insects and occasionally babbling water. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. |
The walk includes several gentle gradients throughout, with just a couple of short steeper sections. Some sections can get very muddy at times (so good boots are a must) and a few of paths are narrow making them prone to becoming overgrown in the summer growing season (so shorts are not recommended, unless you are immune to nettles!). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some steps and 8 stiles. (Most of the stiles have large gaps alongside for dogs to pass through and the two stiles that have only small gaps are quite low, so larger dogs should be able to climb over). You will be sharing several fields with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. You will also cross one field that may be holding cattle, but you literally step into the field and straight out again within the same corner, so the chance of encountering the cattle is very slim. Allow 3 hours.
West Chiltington is a small village located about 3 miles east of Pulborough in West Sussex. The walk starts and finishes on Church Street, directly outside St Mary’s Church. If you are coming by car, there is a small parking area in front of the church. If this is full, follow the signs to the church overflow car park or park on the street with respect for the residents. Approximate post code RH20 2JW. If you are coming by public transport, the nearest bus stop is on East Street in West Chiltington.
|Start to Converted Mill|
Start point: 50.9547 lat, -0.4491 long
The walk begins directly outside St Mary’s Church on Church Street. The attractive church is un-restored and has a spire covered with oak shingles and a roof of Horsham Stone. Ancient paintings (dating from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries) on the interior walls were uncovered in 1882 and are worth a look if you have time. The village stocks and whipping post are preserved outside the church and are thought to date from the mid-1600s.
|Converted Mill to Nutbourne Village|
Start point: 50.9517 lat, -0.4565 long
Pass to the right of the converted mill and follow the entrance track down to the junction with the road. Take a moment to look around you at the beautiful properties surrounding this junction, including Mill House on your left and the main house of Fryars Vineyard at about 1 o’clock. Turn right (with care) along the road edge for just 20 paces and then cross over to turn left onto the signed public bridleway. This leads you past the house for Fryars Vineyard on your left (more about the local vineyards later…).
|Nutbourne Village to Mare Hill Lodge|
Start point: 50.9589 lat, -0.471 long
If you glance to the left here you will see the Rising Sun pub, a great opportunity for a quick pit stop should you wish. Turn right for a few paces, then turn left onto the gravel entrance drive for The Camber (signed as a public footpath). When you reach a hedgerow ahead, pass to the right of this to join a fenced path which leads you to a tall deer gate at the edge of the vineyard.
|Mare Hill Lodge to Broomershill Farm|
Start point: 50.9568 lat, -0.4828 long
Turn right for a few paces to reach a fork and take the left-hand branch, a concrete and grass track which leads you down a slope. Before the bottom of the slope (where the wall on your left ends), turn right up a small grass bank (signed as a footpath) to reach a kissing gate. Pass through this gate to enter large meadow.
|Broomershill Farm to Redfold Farm|
Start point: 50.9648 lat, -0.4855 long
Join the tarmac drive ahead (with the farm buildings on your right) and you will come to a fingerpost marking a junction of paths. Stay with the main driveway which swings steadily right, with a metal fence running on your left. The views here really are spectacular. Look out for the tower sitting on a hillside in this distance. This is Toat Monument, an octagonal four-storey tower folly that was erected by Samuel Drinkwater in 1827.
|Redfold Farm to Wooden Footbridge|
Start point: 50.9689 lat, -0.4747 long
Follow the drive ahead and, where it swings left, fork right though the wide wooden gate (or adjacent stile) to enter a pasture. A few paces along you will come to a fork in the grass path. Take the right-hand branch, which leads you steadily downhill. After passing through the line of trees, bear right and follow the grass path down to a fingerpost in the bottom boundary. Turn right here, through the gate and over a stile to enter a large meadow.
|Wooden Footbridge to Nyetimber Vineyard|
Start point: 50.9632 lat, -0.4658 long
Beyond the bridge, keep ahead on the path climbing steeply through the woodland. Keep left at the fork and at the top you will come to a junction. Bear left, passing fenced horse paddocks to your right. Pass through the gate ahead to reach the edge of a private garden. There is a tap and bowl on your left here, which the owner kindly provides for passing dogs. Follow the grass path with tall herbaceous borders each side.
|Nyetimber Vineyard to End|
Start point: 50.9645 lat, -0.4577 long
Beyond the buildings you will come to a fingerpost marking a crossroads of paths. Turn right onto the bridleway, passing the vineyard’s medieval barn on your right. Follow this stone track ahead. At the first junction go straight ahead, following a tarmac track through a tunnel of trees. You will come to a T-junction with a stone property on your left and thatched houses ahead. Turn left onto the signed bridleway, an unmade track passing the thatched houses on your right.
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My wife and I completed the walk on 6th August 2016. The weather was beautiful and the walk was excellent. The vineyards and thatched cottages along the route made it especially memorable together with the great view of the downs. At the end of the walk we had a lovely lunch at the Queens Head in Chiltington. We would definitely recommend the walk and instructions were very clear although be careful between stages 4 and 5 where it gets a little tricky. Enjoy the walk, Mark.
|By cosaitis on 07 Aug 2016|
Lovely day and a lovely walk - 25th September 2016. We have gone to try and buy some Nyetimber wine on the strength of it!!
|By eralcnaderri on 25 Sep 2016|
Carol D: I completed this a couple of times last Summer. One of the most interesting of my walks so far. Vineyards, Windmills (one without Sails), Watermill, Thatched Cottages, Views, Meadow and Haymaking, Old Golf Course, Odd House and not forgetting the Cat ...
|By Facebook on 07 Jan 2017|
We did this as a walk/run with our dogs. We would alter the last leg so that you double back to the path you started out on as the road is too dangerous to walk on especially with dogs. Other than that it has to be one of the most stunning walks/runs I have ever had the pleasure to do!!! Particularly on a sunny spring day with lambs in the field!!! Awesome!!!
|By Jakers on 30 Mar 2017|
Interesting walk with some amazing views. The crop field mentioned in Section 5 has been given over to pasture, not too confusing but could catch you out.
|By IainOutdoors on 18 Apr 2017|
This is an excellent walk - we agreed that if you wanted to show someone the charm of the English Countryside and only had a few hours in which to do it - this walk would be your answer. The Rising Sun pub in Nutbourne is quirky and worth a visit.
|By JohnSheils on 24 Apr 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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