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Walderton and Adsdean Loop

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Walderton and Adsdean Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 06 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide star1 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide star1 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide star1 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide star0 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Walderton and Adsdean Loop
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide boot Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide boot Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide
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A relatively short walk in West Sussex, this 3 mile circuit is partly through woods but also providing expansive views down to Chichester Harbour and The Solent in places. There are two moderate climbs, one at the beginning of the walk and one a short distance after the start. There are a couple of stiles to negotiate and four kissing gates. You should not meet any cattle or sheep, but you are likely to pass some pigs which are fenced off by electric fences.

Walderton is on the B2146 between Racton and West Marden. The walk starts at the junction between this road and the road to Stoughton. It is served by buses number 121 and 54. The approximate post code of the start of the walk is PO18 9EA and the latitude and longitude of the car park is 50.888462, -0.881782. There is adequate parking on a green, adjacent to the road junction.

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Start to Wood
Start to Wood

Start point: 50.8885 lat, -0.8818 long
End point: 50.8885 lat, -0.8733 long

From the parking area, walk across the road and the few metres back towards the road junction. At the junction, and adjacent to a sign warning of horse riders, a smart new galvanised kissing gate marks the start (and later the end) of the walk. Pass through the gate and, keeping to the barbed wire fence on the left, walk 50 metres to a similar kissing gate at the other side of this short field. Go through the second kissing gate and onto a track which has a barbed wire fence on the left and a hedge of bushes and small trees on the right.

The path climbs at a moderate rate for nearly 400 metres before emerging onto a Public Way. Turn left on this Public Way. Walk down this stone track as it bears to the right and slowly descends. After 300 metres, as the track turns 90 degrees to the left, turn right by a large Forestry Commission sign onto a track and into a wood.

Wood to Ruin
Wood to Ruin

Start point: 50.8885 lat, -0.8733 long
End point: 50.8869 lat, -0.8639 long

After entering the wood, the track climbs steadily. Stay with the main track and do NOT take the left-hand track which leaves shortly after the start. After approximately 600 metres, as the track turns slightly to the left, look out for a blue waymarker pointing up a narrow path on the right. Keep a sharp lookout for this path as it is a little indistinct. Turn right here, go ahead for a few paces then turn right at a three-way fingerpost. Follow this bridleway for 110 metres where the path passes by some derelict farm buildings on your right.

Ruin to Barn
Ruin to Barn

Start point: 50.8869 lat, -0.8639 long
End point: 50.8787 lat, -0.8676 long

As you pass the ruins of the farm buildings, the path turns to the left. Do NOT take this turning, but rather go straight ahead crossing the stile which is to the right of a five bar gate in front of you. Ahead is a view down across Chichester Harbour and out into the Solent.

Continue, now downhill, across a field staying by a fence on your right, to reach a stile by a two way fingerpost (at the bottom after some 360 metres). Cross over the stile and onto a very wide grass path which, at the time of writing, was guarded by an electric fence on both sides which keep pigs at bay. After some 290 metres, the wide grassy track meets a farm track. Bear right onto this new track, now with a few sporadic trees on your left. Continue on this track for some 360 metres until you reach a couple of barns on your left. As you come along this section, there are views of Adsdean House on your right.

Barn to Adsdean
Barn to Adsdean

Start point: 50.8787 lat, -0.8676 long
End point: 50.8781 lat, -0.8718 long

As you reach the last of the barns on your left, turn left to continue on a path that goes between the end of the barn and a tree line. Cross the short field, keeping to the tree line on your right. After 150 metres, and before reaching the end of the field, follow a narrow path into the trees at a two way fingerpost and emerge onto a bridleway at a three way fingerpost after a short distance.

Turn right onto the new track. After 350 metres the bridleway meets a tarmac drive. Bear right onto the drive and follow it for about 125 metres until the drive meets a narrow road at a cottage (opposite). Turn right onto the road. Follow this single track road (with an open wooden fence on the right and a barbed wire fence on the left) for some 400 metres passing, the drive to Adsdean Farm on your right along the way.

At this point you have reached Adsdean House on your right, so a little about this building.

Adsdean Estate has been in existence since shortly after the Norman Conquest and by the 12th century was part of the estate of the Earl of Arundel - only being sold off in 1845. There have been a number of previous buildings on the site and the present house was completed in 1850. Early in the 20th century the house was rented by Earl Mountbatten of Burma (as he later became) and his young family. On 6th June 1940, as the Battle of Britain raged, it became a mixed Dr Barnardo’s children’s home. It was safe from bombings but very remote and not accessible by public transport. The home closed on 21st July 1950 and is now flats.

As it happens I have some personal history here as my mother attempted to get a job when it was Dr Barnardo’s. I was about one at the time and amazingly I remember this, I was put in a crèche with about 20 other infants. I also remember bawling my head off. Job lasted a day; sorry mum!

Adsdean to End
Adsdean to End

Start point: 0 lat, 0 long
End point: 0 lat, 0 long

As the drive to Adsdean House bears right, bear left onto a stone track. Follow this track for 1.2km and it takes you back to the point where you originally joined the Public Way. Along the way keep your eyes open on the right, shortly after the start, for an alpaca sanctuary and later for some glorious views across to Rackton monument on your left.

On reaching the point where you originally joined the Public Way, turn left to re-trace your route down the path, through the two kissing gates and back to the starting point.

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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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6942_0seekin1485469346 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
Uploaded: 26 Jan 2017
Looking down on Walderton village
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Section 5 Adsdean to End. View down to Chichester harbour and The Solent
6942_1seekin1485470427 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
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Section 3 Ruin to Barns. Farm machinery en-route to the barns.
6942_2seekin1485470427 Walderton and Adsdean Loop Walking Guide Image by: mike evans
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Section 3 Ruin to Barns. View to Adsdean House en-route to the barns. Lord Louis Mountbatten was commodore of Emsworth Sailing Club whilst he lived here. There is a plaque to him in the dinghy park.

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