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Racton Monument Circular

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Racton Monument Circular
Author: mike evans, Published: 22 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide star1 Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide star1 Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide star1 Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide star0 Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Racton Monument Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide boot Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide boot Racton Monument Circular Walking Guide
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A walk of around 5 miles in West Sussex, taking in Racton Monument and views of Stansted House with expansive views down to the Solent, Chichester Harbour and of the South Downs. There are three stiles to negotiate on the route and a number of gates. There are a couple of sections walking along quiet lanes. No cattle or sheep were encountered at the time of walking, although neither could be ruled out at a different time of the year. Allow 2.5 hours.

The start of the walk is on the B2147 (the route between Westbourne and Walderton). Once on the road going in the direction of Walderton, look out for a church on the left with a small number of houses. The walk starts some 230 metres past the church. The off road parking area (which is large enough for at least three cars) is denoted by a noticeboard and a post box. The lat/lng of the parking area is 50.878381/-0.890150 and the nearest post code is PO18 9DS. The number 54 bus from Chichester stops at the Church of St Peter's, a short distance from the start of the walk. From the church, walk for 230 metres in a north westerly direction.

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Walk Sections

Start to Crossroads
Start to Crossroads

Start point: 50.8783 lat, -0.8902 long
End point: 50.8827 lat, -0.9161 long

From the parking area, face the post box and turn left and walk up Monument Lane. The wide track meanders as it goes uphill and, in 560 metres, you will reach Racton Ruin (or Racton Monument) on the left. Many stories locally surround this old and frankly rather spooky building and I among many locals, who in their youth, spent time looking for the reputed smugglers tunnel to the coast and the secret staircase in the walls. In fact it was commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Halifax, possibly as a summerhouse for the nearby Stansted Estate, though an alternative theory suggests it could have been constructed so the Earl could watch his merchant ships dock at the nearby port village of Emsworth.

The track continues past the ruin and the reservoir opposite it. Continue ahead for a further 620 metres where you meet a wood at a wide crossroads of tracks. Walk straight ahead into the wood. After 200 metres or so, the wood ends on the left and the track now opens to expansive views to the coast. After a further 500 metres, and just after you pass a large piece of tree trunk placed in the track (presumably to stop vehicles passing) at a crossroads of tracks, turn right.

Crossroads to Cottage
Crossroads to Cottage

Start point: 50.8827 lat, -0.9161 long
End point: 50.9016 lat, -0.8983 long

After turning right onto a wide track, walk for a few metres and then bear right off the main track. (If you carry on along the main track you will shortly reach a sign reading 'Private' - if you reach this, retrace your steps a short distance and take the correct path). The correct path, after a few metres, splits to form a Y-junction. Take the left-hand path, indicated by a fingerpost. The path, which is clearly defined, goes for some 400 metres across an arable field. There are views to the left of Stansted House.

Stansted House, originally a hunting lodge built in the 11th century, was built on the present site in 1688 for Richard Lumley. The original house was burnt down in 1900, and rebuilt in 1903. It is currently looked after by a charitable trust. The history of Stansted Park since the 12th century is told in Lord Bessborough's book "The Enchanted Forest".

At the end of the field, follow a yellow waymarker through a tree line. Beyond the trees, a two-way footpath fingerpost points the direction across a further arable field. The path across this field (currently planted with grass) is somewhat less distinct. Follow the direction of the fingerpost, eventually aiming for a five foot gap in a five foot hedge at the far side of the field (distance 450 metres). The gap in the hedge is a short distance to the left of some trees.

Pass through the gap in the hedge, turn right onto a wide track and head towards the aforementioned trees a short distance away. After 300 metres, at a small grass triangle and a fingerpost, turn left onto the public bridleway. The track quickly opens up to fields on the left with trees and bushes on the right. After some 500 metres, the the track meets a tarmac lane at a T-junction, opposite a flint cottage. Turn right onto the lane. Continue for 600 metres, passing Broadreed farm en-route (at the farm stay with the bridleway track marked with a blue arrow, ignoring the footpath marked with a yellow arrow). By this point the tarmac lane has become a farm track. There is an old stone water trough on the left which makes a useful seat if you are in need of a break for refreshments. A further 220 metres brings you to a flint cottage and a three-way junction of paths with a three-way fingerpost. Turn right here.

Cottage to End
Cottage to End

Start point: 50.9016 lat, -0.8983 long
End point: 50.8783 lat, -0.8902 long

After turning right at the cottage, walk along the wide track with trees on your left and expansive views down to Chichester Harbour and the Solent on you right. Stay on the track for 1.2km, passing though a few trees at the end to emerge onto a road.

Turn left onto the road and walk downhill. Walk down the road for 500 metres and, as the road bears left at a flint cottage, take the footpath on the right at the end of the cottage marked by a fingerpost.

Enter a field and here the route is indistinct, but walk uphill towards the left-hand end of a tree line. The walk goes to the left of the tree line, missing it by 30 metres or so. Shortly, as the tree line moves to the right away from you, walk diagonally left towards the far left-hand corner of the field in front of you.

On reaching the corner, go through a gate or over the adjacent stile. After passing a small paddock on the right, enter a small field. Keep to the barbed wire fence on the left and walk ahead to a stile. Cross the stile. (At the time of writing once across the stile you find yourself in a small field surrounded by a flexible electric fence. If this is the case look at the first section of this electric fence on your left. You will find an orange plastic handle at the right-hand end of this section. On the end of the handle is a hook. This enables you to unhook the electric fence enabling you to walk through).

Walk ahead through the small field (now to the left of the electric fence) onto a drive and turn left. Pass over a small bridge and turn right onto a new footpath. Walk ahead for a short distance (with an open wooden fence on your left) to a stile and pass over it into a field. Walk across this field aiming for a five bar gate in the middle of the open wooden fence, which leads into the next field. Go through the gate and cross the next field walking diagonally left, aiming at a point just to the left of where a low hedge meets a higher tree line, a telephone pole also marks the spot.

Go over the stile and onto a road. Turn right and walk along the road for 230 metres or so to return to your starting point.

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2 comments for "Racton Monument Circular"

Walked 5/5/17. The route over the last mile is difficult as new crops being grown in the fields and the farmer hasn't made a path as yet. Little to guide you other then where you are relative to the iFootpath map. The very last bit if field walk also tricky as you approach the road, as there are no way posts and no stile as mentioned, had to enter the horse field via the gate and hope he was friendly!! Otherwise, a lovely walk.

By Sussex Walker on 05 May 2017

Walked 1st August. Lovely walk just a little confusing when we got to the farm. Tip is to follow the blue arrow not yellow when getting to the cottages on the farm.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for the extra tip, we have added this into the walking instructions.

By joyanne31 on 01 Aug 2017

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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Uploaded: 26 Jan 2017
Head for a five foot gap in a five foot hedge
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Section 1 Start towards Racton Monument
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Section 1 Tree trunk prevents vehicular access.
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Section 2. At Y-junction take left hand path which is clearly defined.
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Section 2 Trough makes a useful seat.

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