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West Marden Southern Loop

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West Marden Southern Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 18 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide star1 West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide star1 West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide star0 West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide star0 West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
West Marden Southern Loop
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide boot West Marden Southern Loop Walking Guide
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A four mile round walk in West Sussex with a mixture of open countryside and woodland in pretty much equal measure. There are several gentle climbs and descents throughout the walk, but non are particularly extreme. The couple of hundred yards to and from the parking area to the start of the walk is on the road, so take care on these stretches. You will need to negotiate gates and stiles on the walk but, other than the first one which is not particularly dog friendly, they are easy enough for a dog to get through. There is a short section at the end through a field which had cattle (of the long-horned, shaggy-haired variety) when we walked. We passed a short distance from them with our springer on a lead without any problems, but do take care with dogs. You are requested to keep dogs on a lead, first past some chickens and then through Stansted Forest. Allow 2 hours.

West Marden lies on the B2146. Once in the village, at the crossroads, take the road south signed to Rowland Castle. Pass the Victoria Inn on the right and Noredown Way is a short distance on the left. I have found this to be the best place to park. The approximate post code is PO18 9EP.

Walk Sections

Start to Wood
Start to Wood

Start point: 50.9162 lat, -0.9065 long
End point: 50.8993 lat, -0.917 long

From the parking area walk back to the junction of Noredown Way and the Rowlands Castle road and turn left. Walk for about 200 metres up the road. Take care as there are no pavements on this stretch, although the traffic is usually very light. The road first bends to the right and then to the left. As it bends to the left, on the left you will see a five bar gate with a stile to the left of it and a fingerpost to the right of it. The two fingers point down the field and diagonally across the field to a tree line. Cross the stile and follow the second of the fingers and go diagonally across the field for 60 metres to a further stile, to the right of a small five bar gate at the tree line.

Cross the stile and turn left to follow the path uphill through the wood for some 260 metres or so to exit the wood into a field. Walk directly ahead by the side of the field, keeping the hedge on your right. Cross the field, a distance of about 300 metres, to meet a lane. Cross the lane, walking diagonally to the right, to enter the next field through a small metal gate (to the right of a larger metal gate). A bridleway fingerpost points the way, this time to the right of a hedge. Walk ahead for 290 metres, keeping the hedge on your left and now a paddock over a barbed wire fence on your right. As you come to the end of this field, a notice requests that dog owners put their dogs on a lead to protect the chickens, several of which have apparently been lost to passing dogs. Fair request!

Exit the path to the right of a galvanised five bar gate and onto a tarmac drive. Walk ahead passing on your right the aforementioned chickens, cooped up safely in a large shed when we passed. You pass a two-way bridleway fingerpost on your left. Continue ahead, passing some farm buildings on the right where the tarmac ends and a farm track starts. Ahead the track passes between two arable fields to reach a tree line in 300 metres. There is a four-way fingerpost at the tree line where the bridleway that you are on is crossed by a footpath. Go straight ahead to follow the bridleway into the wood.

The track through the wood can be muddy during the winter months or during wet weather. Walk through the wood, part of Stansted Forest, for some 640 metres until you reach a four-way fingerpost.

Wood to Lane
Wood to Lane

Start point: 50.8993 lat, -0.917 long
End point: 50.8949 lat, -0.9102 long

At the four-way fingerpost, turn left onto a footpath. Follow the footpath for 350 metres to reach a galvanised kissing gate and pass through it and into a field. The path is fairly well-defined across the field, so follow it as it cuts diagonally towards a tree line. On route is a yellow footpath waymarker and, hidden in a dip, is a galvanised kissing gate. Pass through the gate and continue to the trees.

Having reached the trees, a two-way footpath sign points the way ahead. Turn right to follow the sign and go along the side of the trees with a barbed wire fence on your right. Follow the path as it bends to the left and then enters the trees. Keep straight ahead through the trees to emerge onto a lane and turn left onto it.

Lane to Cottage
Lane to Cottage

Start point: 50.8949 lat, -0.9102 long
End point: 50.9014 lat, -0.8983 long

Stay on this lane for 900 metres, passing a flint cottage at 350 metres (as the lane bends left) and Broadreed House at 650 metres. After 900 metres the lane ends and continues as a farm track. Continue ahead on the track for 270 metres where, at a cottage on your left, the track reaches a wood. There is a useful stone trough on this last section which acts as an excellent seat.

Cottage to Road
Cottage to Road

Start point: 50.9014 lat, -0.8983 long
End point: 50.9081 lat, -0.9007 long

As you reach the wood there is a three-way post pointing right or ahead into the wood. Go ahead into the wood. A short distance into the wood there is another four-way fingerpost. Take the option to go straight ahead. Do NOT be tempted to take the fork to the left.

The path now goes slowly downhill. Follow it for some 800 metres, passing a blue bridleway marker en route. After 800 metres go straight across the tarmac lane, there is a two-way fingerpost on the right, on the far side of the lane. A short distance on you meet a narrow road.

Road to End
Road to End

Start point: 50.9081 lat, -0.9007 long
End point: 50.9162 lat, -0.9065 long

Go straight over the road and up a bank to a stile, slightly off the track to the right. Pass over the stile. Continue ahead through a short wood to emerge into a meadow with a hedge of trees on your right. Continue for 350 metres to reach an iron gate as the path enters a wood.

Go through the gate into the wood. Follow the path a short distance through the wood to reach a stile, taking you right into a field. There is a two-way fingerpost. Turn left and walk along the edge of the field for some 100 metres, where a further two-way fingerpost points the way over another stile and back into the wood. Follow the path through the wood for 300 metres to reach a stile into a field. Cross the field (150 metres) to reach a further stile.

There were cattle in this field when we crossed it, of the long-horn, shaggy coat type so take care, particularly with dogs. We passed within 20ft of them with our springer on a lead and they didn't blink an eyelid (just sayin!).

Cross the next stile and cross the next short field to finish the walk. Turn right on the road to return to the parking area.

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1 comments for "West Marden Southern Loop"

Really enjoyed this walk, directions are super clear and very accurate.

By joysquibb on 30 Dec 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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