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|Finchdean and West Marden Loop|
|Author: mike evans, Published: 17 Nov 2016||Walk Rating:|
|Hampshire, Sussex Hampshire Border|
|A pleasant 4.5 mile circular walk starting at Finchdean and going to West Marden, returning by an alternate route. The walk includes woodland and open downland with views down to the Solent during the early part of the walk.
The walk follows a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet lanes. There is one stile that you will need to cross twice (once at the start of the walk and once at the end). There are no cattle or sheep on this walk. Allow 2.5 hours.
Finchdean is a small village which lies to the north of Rowlands Castle and to the east of Horndean. From Rowlands Castle travel north up the Finchdean Road. After one mile turn left onto Dean Lane. You will reach Finchdean, in 0.4 of a mile. The postcode in the centre of the village is PO8 0AY and the lat-lng is 50.910129 -0.950824. There is (currently) free parking in the centre of the village for a few cars by the village hall, otherwise there are areas in the village where roadside parking is possible.
|Start to West Marden|
Start point: 50.9089 lat, -0.9518 long
The walk starts on a footpath at the right-hand side of the pub car park. Go over a stile to start the walk. Walk down the narrow path for 100 metres to a small bridge carrying the Portsmouth to Waterloo railway line. Pass under the bridge and into a field. Follow the path straight across the field (160 metres) to the right-hand end of a line of hedging and trees. When you reach the hedge continue straight ahead with the hedge on your left until you reach a narrow road (130 metres).
|West Marden to End|
Start point: 50.916 lat, -0.9112 long
After turning right at the T-junction, continue for 450 metres (ignoring the three-way bridleway sign on your left along the way). At the end of the path, at a small grass triangle, you meet a small road. Turn right and after a short distance a village sign for Forestside confirms that you are heading in the right direction.
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Great directions, peaceful & exactly as 'advertised' - completed in Dec 16, will walk again in the Spring. The George is just the ticket to reward yourselves afterwards.
|By philnorman49 on 29 Dec 2016|
Good directions easy to follow. My garmin made it 4 miles not 5! Will definitely do this walk again though.
|By hevvie on 20 Aug 2017|
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