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|Washington Southern Loop|
|Author: mike evans, Published: 22 Mar 2017||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A four mile round walk in West Sussex, partly along the South Downs Way, with expansive views down to the coast and across the South Downs. You should be aware that the walk crosses the A24 dual carriageway twice, provision for the footpath is provided but care should be taken as the traffic is fast moving at these points and visibility is not easy. Initially the walk climbs quite steeply. The total ascent is 550 feet and this is mainly in the first section, after which it is downhill or flat. The views are worth it! You will not be sharing the paths with cattle or sheep (although we encountered some sheep being moved via the tracks). There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate some gates. Allow 2 hours.|
The walk starts just off the A24 south of Washington in West Sussex. From the roundabout on the A24 at Washington, travel south for just over a mile and keep a very close eye out for a turning on the left, which is quite small. Once on this road (Washington Bostal), turn right after 50 metres or so and drive 100 metres to a car park which sits on the South Downs Way. The Lat/Lng of the parking is 50.896574, -0.408254. The nearest post code is RH20 4AZ which will take you to a point too far north on Washington Bostal.
|Start to View Point|
Start point: 50.8966 lat, -0.4082 long
The car park sits on the South Downs Way. Start by exiting the car park at the opposite end to the entrance. With a two-way fingerpost on your left (indicating the South Downs Way in both directions), set off past a vehicle barrier (in an easterly direction). The wide track climbs slowly at first. After 170 metres or so, the track splits at a Y-junction. Take the left-hand of the options.
|View Point to Sheep Rest Point|
Start point: 50.897 lat, -0.3984 long
From the viewpoint, continue along the South Downs Way for another 600 metres as it climbs more steeply to reach a T-junction of tracks (with a small grass triangle in the middle). Turn right here to part ways with the South Downs Way.
|Sheep Rest Point to A24 Crossing|
Start point: 50.8922 lat, -0.3962 long
From our 'sheep' rest point, the track goes downhill for 1.3km. There are views down to the sea on the left and open countryside on the right. The grand building of Windlesham School can be seen below you to the right. The route will take you directly behind it shortly.
|A24 Crossing to Turning Point|
Start point: 50.8876 lat, -0.4107 long
Follow the green bridleway sign a short distance up to a narrow road. Cross the road and follow a waymarker to go up a bank and into a field. Follow the trees on the right-hand side of the field for 440 metres as the path bends round to the left. As it reaches some fir trees, the path curves round to the right. Follow it as it passes a waymarker on your left. In a short distance the path bends to the left, now with trees on your left and a fenced-off field on your right.
|Turning Point to End|
Start point: 50.8867 lat, -0.4241 long
On meeting this three-way fingerpost, turn right to walk down the narrow road. Walk down this road for some 560 metres to reach the back of Windlesham House School. Continue ahead as the road curves round to the right and, in 220 metres, look out for a footpath leading off to the left into some trees.
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