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East Dean Loop

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East Dean Loop
Author: mike evans, Published: 25 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 East Dean Loop Walking Guide star1 East Dean Loop Walking Guide star1 East Dean Loop Walking Guide star1 East Dean Loop Walking Guide star0 East Dean Loop Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
East Dean Loop
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot East Dean Loop Walking Guide boot East Dean Loop Walking Guide boot East Dean Loop Walking Guide
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A round 6 mile walk from East Dean in West Sussex, up through Charlton Forest taking in parts of the West Sussex Literary Trail and the South Downs Way. The walk has some lovely views and passes a number of Bronze Age barrows. The first half of the walk is generally uphill and the second half downhill. There are a number of stiles and gates on the route. No cattle were encountered when we did the route, but there was one field with sheep in. Allow 3 hours.

East Dean is reached by taking a turning off the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road at Singleton. Drive for one and a half miles passing through Charlton. East Dean is a charming little village nestled in the South Downs. There is a village green in the middle and a duck pond. There is general parking around the green. The lat/lng of the centre of the village is 50.908966,-0.715702 and the postcode is PO18 0JB.

Walk Sections

Start to View Point
Start to View Point

Start point: 50.9097 lat, -0.715 long
End point: 50.9194 lat, -0.7218 long

From your chosen parking spot make your way along the Main Road in a north easterly direction (past the Star and Garter pub on your right) looking out for the white painted village hall on the left, with a flag pole beside it. The walk starts on the left just after the village hall car park and opposite Wynkins house.

Cross a stile by a fingerpost to start the walk, and walk aiming at the distant end of a hedge on the left. The distance is 100 metres. At the end of the hedge is a stile. Cross this and follow the path across the next field to a hedge line, a distance of 125 metres. Cross a further stile and turn right to walk along with a hedge of trees and a fence on your right and a steep meadow on your left. Walk for 115 metres to meet a chalk track. Walk diagonally left across the track to follow the path as it makes its way in a bit of a hollow, up the steep bank. The path initially curves to the right before straightening out and, after 110 metres, reaches a small five bar gate with a stile to the right of it. Pass through the easier gate, note there is a seat just over the stile.

Follow the path between shrubs and trees until it emerges through two stout posts and a waymarker (after 100 metres or so) into a field. Walk diagonally across the field, aiming towards the left-hand end of a tree line in front of you. Once you reach the trees, continue to walk along the left side of the trees for some 390 metres, to a point where the path enters the trees at a waymarker. The waymarker indicates the route but before taking it, it is worth continuing on for 25 metres or so to enjoy the views afforded there.

View Point to South Downs Way
View Point to South Downs Way

Start point: 50.9194 lat, -0.7218 long
End point: 50.9396 lat, -0.7063 long

The wood ahead will be a sea of white when the wild garlic is in bloom. Enter the wood at the waymarker, continue for 200 metres or so and turn right at a four-way fingerpost. Follow this path for 170 metres or so to join a larger path, coming from your left with a two-way fingerpost on your right. Continue and, in 170 metres at a junction where a wide path cross yours, there is a two-way fingerpost. Go straight across to follow the fingerpost and join a narrower path.

After a further 400 metres, carry straight on (bearing slightly to the left) as you pass a three-way fingerpost which takes you from a footpath to a bridleway. Similarly another 480 metres brings you to another three-way fingerpost, this time all three options are bridleways. It was our intention to return from this point but the lure of seeing part of the South Downs Way which we had not visited before caused us to press on. Again go ahead, bearing slightly left. The track is quite wide here and ahead you can see where the track becomes a harder roadway.

It is a straight 850 metre walk from here to the South Downs Way. This section is a little tedious but in fact the scalping lined roadway made the going easy and the 850 metre walk goes quickly. Walk straight ahead, going gently uphill. As you walk this section you will pass a wide track coming in from the left after 375 metres and cross another wide track at 740 metres. Eventually meeting the South Downs Way at a four-way fingerpost.

South Downs Way to Turning Point
South Downs Way to Turning Point

Start point: 50.9396 lat, -0.7063 long
End point: 50.9373 lat, -0.6823 long

Turn right to follow the South Downs Way. The walk along this section of the South Downs Way is pretty straight forward. The length is 1.7 kilometres, the turning point at the end being denoted by a large lead-topped five-way fingerpost to the right of the track (with place names on it). There is also a normal four-way fingerpost on the left. Along this stretch you will pass some accessible (but fenced off) Bronze Age Barrows dating from between 2200 and 1100 BC. There is a notice board en-route with a detailed description. Once you reach the turning point, the route of your walk is to follow the right pointer to East Dean.

Turning Point to Newhouse Lane
Turning Point to Newhouse Lane

Start point: 50.9373 lat, -0.6823 long
End point: 50.9259 lat, -0.698 long

Having turned right towards East Dean, walk with a wood on your right and open land through a thin line of trees on your left for 500 metres. Note the rather lonely stile off to the right part way through this section, it leads nowhere, how curious. After 500 metres, the track crosses over a roadway. On the left on the roadway is a handy box which for us seconded as a useful seat for lunch.

The route though, goes straight across the road, passing a waymarker on the left. Another 150 metres brings you to the next crossing, again go straight across. There is a waymarker on the right. Again after a further 340 metres cross over a third crossing (this time with a waymarker on the left). Shortly you will come to a gate leading to an open field. Pass into the field and here the route is a little indistinct, but your target is a gateway and a fingerpost which just to the right of two large trees which are slightly leaning towards each other. Once you get there you have reached Newhouse Lane.

Newhouse Lane to End
Newhouse Lane to End

Start point: 50.9259 lat, -0.698 long
End point: 50.9098 lat, -0.7097 long

Cross Newhouse Lane and head diagonally right towards a stile in the middle of a fence (which itself goes from Newhouse Lane towards a tree line). Cross the stile and head off, maintaining more or less the same angle towards a stile at the tree line. Cross this stile into the wood and walk through the wood for 500 metres or so, following the waymarkers to reach a roadway. Turn right (this is New Road).

Follow New Road to reach a sign for Charlton Forest on the right (by a three-way fingerpost). Go ahead passing by a metal vehicle barrier and onto a track. Follow the track for about 1km until it reaches Droke Lane in East Dean. Turn right onto Droke Lane and after 250 metres, at the junction of Main Road, bear left to walk 100 metres or so back to the start of the walk.

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4 Comments for: "East Dean Loop"

a lovely walk and thanks for the hint to do the extra 25 metres for the view. The areas through forest were tranquil and welcome as it was raining for most of our walk but a good route.

By vkerryb on 11 Feb 2018

Very pleasant, easy to follow walk. Thanks

By andrewhalfac on 27 Oct 2017

Lovely walk but we clocked it at around 7 miles. Matthew and Simon

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. All iFootpath walks are measured by the author using a GPS tracker while walking the route (the tracker is calibrated against Ordnance Survey and Nike). We then round to the nearest mile for simplicity. Other phone-based tracking apps will vary on the lengths they clock, especially fitness apps based on activity, depending on the calibration they use.

By ovvinfirhill on 19 Jul 2017

Davina: Did the new east dean loop today. Great walk and pretty village.

By Facebook on 03 Apr 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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