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|Duncton and Sutton|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 07 Jun 2016||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, Petworth|
|Hi, I'm Katherine and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. This 5 mile walk from Duncton takes you through a mix of landscaped parkland, mature woodland, pastures, fields and streams with a pretty village and pub at the halfway point – perfect! A great route and a memorable day. 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 has several gentle climbs and descents throughout but there are no particularly steep sections. The paths and bridleways can be very muddy at times and, whilst most of the paths are of generous width, there are about three short, narrow sections that are prone to becoming overgrown in summer. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus 5 stiles (all of which have gaps in the surrounding fencing that should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). You will need to cross two pastures that may be holding cattle so take care in these fields, particularly with dogs. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
Duncton is located about 3 miles south of Petworth in West Sussex. The walk starts and finishes from the Burton Park N-bound bus stop which sits at the junction between the A285 and Willett Close. If you are coming by car, park in Willett Close (with respect for the local residents). Approximate post code GU28 0LA.
|Start to Burton Park Chapel|
Start point: 50.9469 lat, -0.6346 long
The walk begins at the Burton Park N-bound bus stop which is on the A285, at the junction with Willett Close. Standing with your back to the bus shelter, turn right along the pavement and cross over the entrance for Willett Close. Immediately afterwards, cross over the A285 with care to turn left through the black entrance gates for Burton Park (signed as a public footpath). Follow the driveway passing West Lodge on your left and then continuing through woodland.
|Burton Park Chapel to Crouch Farm|
Start point: 50.9496 lat, -0.624 long
Continue on the driveway with open fields to your left and the buildings of Burton Park to your right. Stay with the driveway as it swings left, leading you away from the main buildings and out between open fields. Just before the drive swings right, look out for the ancient sweet chestnut tree on the left (thought to be 400 years old). It is worth taking a moment to appreciate the gnarled twisting giant trunk of this ancient beauty. Turn right here, continuing on the main driveway and follow it between a handful of properties each side.
|Crouch Farm to Locketts Cottage|
Start point: 50.9456 lat, -0.6119 long
Turn left along the lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane through the dip and just as it begins to climb, turn right to join the woodland path, signed as a public bridleway. This site, known as The Warren, is a nature reserve managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust. At the end of the woodland you will emerge to a junction with an access drive, with a house to your right. Bear left along this drive and keep right at the fork to reach a junction with the road.
|Locketts Cottage to Sutton Village|
Start point: 50.9381 lat, -0.6035 long
Cross the stile and join the grass path which passes a timber garage block on your right and then swings right to pass behind the cottages. You will come to a kissing gate ahead. NOTE: You may come across cattle in the next two fields. Pass through the kissing gate and another one in quick succession to reach the edge of a large pasture. Walk at about 11 o’clock, following the sparse line of oak trees on your right.
|Sutton Village to Stream Bridge|
Start point: 50.9308 lat, -0.6077 long
Turn left, following the road downhill and taking care of any traffic. Ignore any paths signed off to the sides, simply follow the village road passing between the various stone and flint properties. Just before a sharp left-hand bend, you will come to The White Horse pub, perfect for mid-walk refreshments. Turn right immediately before the pub, into the pub car park, and then fork right up the embankment to join the fenced footpath.
|Stream Bridge to Folly Lane|
Start point: 50.933 lat, -0.6141 long
Cross the bridge and the stile ahead to enter a meadow. Walk ahead, staying close to the right-hand fence line, for about 25 metres to reach a fingerpost. Take the path at about 1 o’clock, leading you uphill to reach another stile. Cross this and turn immediately left to join a path with a tree line on your left (and probably an electric fence on your right). At the top of the field, keep straight ahead to join the stone farm track.
|Folly Lane to End|
Start point: 50.9385 lat, -0.624 long
Turn very sharp right (almost back on yourself), passing through the gap alongside the pair of metal vehicle gates. Follow this farm vehicle track with a fence running on your right. Down in the valley bottom to your right you will be able to make out the mansion of Burton Park. In the distance at about 11 o’clock you will see another mansion house sitting at the base of a hillside. This is Lavington Park which today houses an independent school, Seaford College.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author WSW and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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