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Up Marden Loop

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Up Marden Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 16 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Up Marden Loop Walking Guide star1 Up Marden Loop Walking Guide star1 Up Marden Loop Walking Guide star1 Up Marden Loop Walking Guide star1 Up Marden Loop Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Up Marden Loop
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Up Marden Loop Walking Guide boot Up Marden Loop Walking Guide boot Up Marden Loop Walking Guide
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With expansive views all the way, this walk of just under 5 miles takes you round a lovely part of the South Downs in West Sussex, starting and ending at the village of Up Marden. There is one moderate climb on the walk otherwise it is gently up and down. There is one stile and one gate to pass through. You should not encounter any cattle on the walk, although there may be sheep fenced off by an electric fence. Allow 2.5 hours.

Up Marden is on the South Downs, 7 miles (11 km) north-west of Chichester, close to East Marden and Walderton. There is no public transport to Up Marden. By car, starting in Walderton, head in the direction of Stoughton and take the left turning shortly after leaving Walderton then continue for 2.3 miles. Look out for an unmade road on the left, signed to the church. The sign (which is small and at ground level) is in the middle of a small grass triangle, and there is also a walled garden on the far side of the road with a staddle stone by it and a fingerpost on the right. There is parking on the grass verge on the right, just past the sideroad. The Lat-Lng of the parking spot is N50.921228,W0.868081. The approximate post code is PO18 9JR.

Walk Sections

Start to Top of Hill
Start to Top of Hill

Start point: 50.9214 lat, -0.8679 long
End point: 50.9214 lat, -0.868 long

From the parking spot, walk back to the unmade road to the church and turn down it. Walk down the road, passing the path into the church on your left and a recently restored cart shed. The road, which has become a track, now descends as a bridleway. After some 700 metres, the path jinks to the left with the 1st meeting of a cross-country horse riding track ahead.

Footsteps and bike tracks indicate that the horse track has been more popular than our path, which becomes quite narrow initially from here on. A waymarker indicates the correct route and it is quite passable. From here it is uphill and after some 800 metres, the bridleway meets a footpath at a T-junction with a three-way fingerpost on the left.

Top of Hill to Tree Trunk
Top of Hill to Tree Trunk

Start point: 50.9214 lat, -0.868 long
End point: 50.9259 lat, -0.8894 long

When you meet the T-junction with the footpath, turn right onto it. Continue on this track (with a hedge of small trees on your left and a barbed wire fence on your right) as it heads towards a chalet bungalow off to the right. After 330 metres, and just after you have passed the bungalow, the hedge ends on the left to reveal expansive views to Uppark House.

The National Trust owned Uppark House is a 17th century built country house which was gutted in 1989, when a workman accidentally set it on fire with a blowtorch whilst working on some lead work. It has now been fully restored.

You meet again the Compton cross-country riding course, which runs parallel just to the left of your track. Continue along the track and, in a short distance, you will find a large tree trunk lying down to the right side of the track. This is a handy point to stop, possibly for a drink, whilst taking in the views which extend in all directions.

Tree Trunk to Turning Point
Tree Trunk to Turning Point

Start point: 50.9259 lat, -0.8894 long
End point: 50.943 lat, -0.8683 long

After leaving the tree trunk carry on, now gently downhill to meet a road after some 700 metres or so. Cross the road straight ahead to continue on a new track. Again you will meet the Compton cross-country track. Continue on the track and, after some 400 metres, pass a path that leads off to the right at a fingerpost. Do NOT take it, but continue for a further 500 metres, passing a number of jumps belonging to the cross-country course en-route. On reaching the corner of the field, turn sharply right at a fingerpost that points to a footpath (so that you are almost going back on yourself).

Turning Point to Road
Turning Point to Road

Start point: 50.943 lat, -0.8683 long
End point: 50.9327 lat, -0.8704 long

Having turned sharply to the right, the path opens up to a field on the right and a hedge of trees on the left. At the time of writing, the field was holding sheep, held back by an electric fence.

Continue for 640 metres. The path meets two stiles en-route, but it is not necessary to cross them as the way is open to the right of them. At the end of this section, the path bends to the left with a footpath going off to the left. Do NOT take this, but bear right to stay with the field on your right and the hedge on your left. Continue for some 470 metres to meet a road and turn right onto it.

Road to Church
Road to Church

Start point: 50.9327 lat, -0.8704 long
End point: 50.9207 lat, -0.87 long

Walk up the road for 70 metres to reach a fingerpost pointing to a footpath on the left. Turn left and pass through a gate (to the left of a five-bar gate) to enter a field. Continue across the field for some 550 metres, keeping to a barbed wire fence on your right to reach a stile. Cross the stile and continue through an arable field for 200 metres to a hedge of trees.

Keeping the trees on your left, walk for another 280 metres to exit into the path which you originally walked down and turn left. Walk for 90 metres or so and turn right (just after the restored cart shed) towards the church.

Church to End
Church to End

Start point: 50.9207 lat, -0.87 long
End point: 50.9214 lat, -0.8679 long

The 12th century church of St Michael's is normally locked which is unfortunate as it houses some interesting wall paintings. You might care to take advantage of the bench seat in the churchyard and spend a couple of minutes of your time to give a thought to two courageous Englishmen buried in the small churchyard. Herbert Richard Westmacott, the highest ranking SAS officer to be killed in Northern Ireland, and his father Herbert Patrick, a much decorated sub mariner.

Pass through the churchyard and, a few feet behind the aforementioned graves, the path is a little indistinct but leads to a fingerpost pointing across the field. En-route across the field, and to the left of the (indistinct) path and now somewhat stranded, is the old village well. Use your imagination to see the more than 65 houses that stood in this area in the mid-eighteen century.

Cross this short field to emerge onto the road and turn left. Walk up the road the short distance back to your starting point.

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1 Comments for: "Up Marden Loop"

The church at up marden is well worth a visit. It's never been locked the times i visited, which is a fair few!

By montyspass on 26 Aug 2018

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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Well from the village that used to be.

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