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Harting Down

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Harting Down
Author: mike evans, Published: 01 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Harting Down Walking Guide star1 Harting Down Walking Guide star1 Harting Down Walking Guide star1 Harting Down Walking Guide star1 Harting Down Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Harting Down
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Harting Down Walking Guide boot Harting Down Walking Guide boot Harting Down Walking Guide
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A round walk of some 3 miles in West Sussex, with stunning views over South and East Harting and expansive views over a good part of the walk. The walk starts in a National Trust car park and commences on the South Downs Way. Whilst it is up and down, there is nothing too extreme by way of gradients. You may come across sheep or cattle on the route (so keep dogs under close control) but there are no stiles (only gates). Be aware that the last section runs fairly close to a fast road which is not always visible from the path, so a lead for your dog also through this section would be advisable.

The start of the walk is in a National Trust car park just off the B2141 which runs from Lavant to Petersfield. From Lavant start out on the A286 towards Midhurst and then, shortly after leaving Lavant, turn left onto the B2141. The car park is on the right after 7 miles on the B2141. It is at the top of the steep hill which runs down to South Harting. The lat/lng of the parking is 50.956034/-0.875258. The nearest postcode is GU31 5PN. The National Trust car park uses RingGo parking which is accessed by mobile phone. The cost is currently £2 a day (correct Mar 2017) and can be paid any time up to 11pm on the day of parking. The access number is 01372885500 and the location number is 8508. You may also pay on their web site which is

There is alternative free parking for one or possibly two cars only, just off the road on the right-hand side (travelling from Lavant) some 500 metres before the car park (50.949875/-0.867555). If you take this option, walk a short distance into the wood and through a five bar gate where you will pick up the walk at the beginning of the last section. Turn left to join the walk. Also, a short distance before this parking area on the left-hand side (down a track) there is a small area suitable for parking.

Walk Sections

Start to Seat
Start to Seat

Start point: 50.9568 lat, -0.8762 long
End point: 50.9591 lat, -0.871 long

Firstly there are two paths which initially run in parallel, very close to each other. This walk starts on the South Downs Way. So, from the car park walk straight ahead in the same direction as the access road across a meadow (as if you were extending the access road) towards a two-way fingerpost. Do NOT walk diagonally across the meadow to an obvious gate and a fingerpost. In 50 metres you will meet the South Downs Way passing from left to right. Turn right onto it.

In about 130 metres pass through a gate, just after a two-way fingerpost on your left, confirming that you are on the South Downs Way. You stay on this track for a while but as you walk the first 100 metres or so, pause for a moment to look behind you. A lovely view is afforded of an unusual ruin. Curiously this is the ruins of a folly which was built to honour a failed American state. Dating from the 18th century, the folly lies within the grounds of Uppark House. It was built to celebrate the founding of the American colony of Vandalia in 1774, the events of the American Revolution meant that the colony never got off the ground, so in many ways it was a true folly.

After you have travelled the first 120 metres, at a waymarker and a small stand of trees, a path on the left leads a short distance to a seat with stunning views of Harting and the surrounding area. It is just off your track to the left and it is early in the walk but you may still feel it is worth sitting here for a few minutes and enjoying the view.

Seat to Grand Sign
Seat to Grand Sign

Start point: 50.9591 lat, -0.871 long
End point: 50.9611 lat, -0.8575 long

Continue on the South Downs Way, enjoying the expansive views to your left, and in a further 470 metres you enter an area of small trees as the track starts to go downhill.

The track drops down and after another 470 metres, shortly after leaving the trees, you will reach a rather spectacular multi-way fingerpost. At the substantial fingerpost with its base embedded in a mound of cemented flints, turn right to follow the the direction of the South Downs Way. Note that it is 69 miles to Eastbourne but do not fear, that is not the task today!

Grand Sign to Tree Trunk
Grand Sign to Tree Trunk

Start point: 50.9611 lat, -0.8575 long
End point: 50.9509 lat, -0.8613 long

Having turned right at the grand fingerpost, continue, now going gently uphill towards a tree line. After 690 metres you will see a galvanised gate, sitting somewhat out of place on its own to the right of the track. There is a three-way fingerpost on the left. Turn right here and follow this new path, now downhill, for 600 metres.

The path follows a line close to the trees on the left. At the bottom (at a crossroads of paths with a four-way fingerpost), turn left to follow the bridleway. If you are thinking of stopping half way round this walk for a tea or coffee, a few metres along this new path on the right is a moss covered fallen tree which provides an excellent seat.

Tree trunk to Alternative Parking
Tree trunk to Alternative Parking

Start point: 50.9509 lat, -0.8613 long
End point: 50.9471 lat, -0.8658 long

Continue ahead and, after 150 metres from the start of this path at a waymarker on your right, the path bears right and starts to go uphill through some woods. After 200 metres or so, pass through a double five bar gate and bear right with the trees now giving way to a field on the right. Continue now with the field on your right and trees on your left. Bear left and continue to the end of the field. At the end of the field, pass though a few trees to again meet a field on your right. After a short distance you will see a five bar gate in front of you (and this gives access to the alternative parking).

Alternative Parking to End
Alternative Parking to End

Start point: 50.9471 lat, -0.8658 long
End point: 50.9567 lat, -0.8756 long

Before reaching the five bar gate ahead, turn right to pass through a smaller five bar gate and then continue with a wire fence on your right separating you from the field. There are trees on the left. Note that from here until the end of the walk you are walking parallel to (and only 20 metres or so from) a fast road on your left. The road is not always obvious so if you have a dog with you, you may wish to keep it on a lead.

At the end of the field (on your right) you enter a wood and in 70 metres at a four-way fingerpost, go straight across a crossroads of paths. The path now continues for another 900 metres or so, meandering left and right as it weaves its way through the wood, generally in the ‘same’ direction. At a further crossroads of paths, go straight ahead. Eventually as you near the end of the wood, you will see a blue waymarker pointing straight ahead with a path leading off to the left. Take the left-hand path (away from the waymarked path) and this will lead you to the car park entrance. Once at the entrance, follow the car park access road to return to the starting point.

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5 Comments for: "Harting Down"

Lovely walk with fantastic views across the downs. The map was very accurate and easy to follow. The dogs loved it too :-)

By jesscraven on 22 Apr 2018

Fantastic walk with superb weather today. I would however suggest this walk is a bit more than up and down and there were cattle and sheep everywhere so dogs on leads please. Our two lurchers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the views were spectacular.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for the update about the livestock - we have updated the walk introduction to reflect this.

By garydyer on 16 Mar 2018

lovely Autumnal walk, v pretty woods, sweeping heathland and great views. Excellent directions. Only downside was being in earshot of a busy road for the last stretch. Might reverse the walk next time. Really enjoyed it thank you!

By stumpyaura on 13 Oct 2017

Great accurate detail to follow. Map function did not work however.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for the comment and glad you found the directions accurate. The map function should work on your iFootpath App, so there must be something wrong with your settings or similar. We have emailed you so that we can help you get it all working properly.

By Undertheskie on 24 Jun 2017

There were certainly some long climbs in places but spectacular views.

By swumswum on 27 May 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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