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|Durford Wood and Rogate|
|Author: Claire, Published: 23 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Rogate|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk close to Liss on the borders of West Sussex and Hampshire, enjoying large sections of mixed woodland and a few quiet arable fields. There is lots of wildlife to enjoy and great views of the South Downs ridge. Half way around, the walk takes you through the idyllic village of Rogate with its quaint church and classic village pub. |
The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout, plus a couple of short steeper sections. The paths and bridleways are rutted and uneven and can also get very muddy at times, so good boots are a must. There is one stretch along a quiet country lane, so take care of occasional traffic (or tractors!) here. You will need to negotiate a few gates plus one stile (which has a gap at the side that most dogs should be able to pass through). A few of the narrower paths can be a bit overgrown in the height of summer. There is no livestock on route and well-behaved dogs will be able to enjoy lots of time off lead. Allow 2.5 hours.
Durford Wood is located about 1.5 miles south-east of Liss. The walk starts at the National Trust car park for Durford Wood, a stone car park with parking for about 12 cars. The car park is accessed from Combe Hill Close, directly opposite the gates for Mulberry Cottage. Approximate post code GU31 5DS.
|Start to Views Crossroads|
Start point: 51.0278 lat, -0.8742 long
From the car park, do NOT take the open woodland path alongside the noticeboard, instead go through the bridle gate (directly opposite the vehicle entrance) to join the bridleway (marked with a blue arrow and a Sussex Border Path waymarker). Follow this stone track leading you downhill, with a boundary fence running on your right.
|Views Crossroads to Slade Lane|
Start point: 51.0162 lat, -0.8791 long
Bear left to follow the grass track leading you steadily downhill, with a tree line running on your right. At the bottom of the first stretch you will come to another junction marked with a fingerpost. Turn left here, leaving the Byway to join a Public Footpath. This grass track leads you between fields, swinging steadily right, passing a beautiful row of rose bushes and the property called Carrols Cottage on your left. There are more great views to your right here.
|Slade Lane to Rogate Village|
Start point: 51.0106 lat, -0.8685 long
Keep ahead along this narrow tarmac lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. The lane leads you past several properties including Slade House on your right and, later, the pretty thatched cottage of Little Slade, also on your right. Follow the main lane as it swings right, ignoring the two small side turns on your left.
|Rogate Village to Nuttings|
Start point: 51.0077 lat, -0.8518 long
Pass the bus stop and the village shop on your left, to reach the crossroads at the centre of the village (with the village church, St Bartholomew’s, and the village pub just ahead). Turn left immediately before the pub, along the side road signed to Rake and Liss. NOTE: Take care along this short stretch as there are no pavements.
|Nuttings to End|
Start point: 51.023 lat, -0.8537 long
Cross over the road and keep straight ahead to join the signed Public Bridleway between fences. The path leads you steeply downhill along a sunken track beneath a tall canopy of trees. At the bottom of the first section of slope you will reach a minor fork, bear right (signed with a blue arrow and Serpent Trail waymarker).
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Davina F: Fantastic walk today at Durford wood and Rogate. Beautiful scenery and good variety.
|By Facebook on 19 Sep 2016|
Really nice walk with very nice views of the downs. Good variety of landscape.
|By mussontheloo on 08 Apr 2017|
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