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|West Dean and The Centurion Way|
|Author: mike evans, Published: 08 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 3 mile circular walk from West Dean near Chichester in West Sussex. The Centurion Way is the recently completed conversion of part of the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line into a track suitable for walking and cycling. The line, initially built in 1881, closed for passenger traffic in 1935. The last section, from Chichester to Lavant, finally closed in 1991, that section having been used to transport gravel and sugar beet. This walk starts from West Dean and takes in the section of the Centurion Way from Binderton to West Dean.
There are 3 gates on the route and one set of steps. The walk passes through a number of fields with sheep in. There is initially an uphill section and thereafter the walk is essentially flat. Allow 1.5 hours.
West Dean sits on the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road, some 6.5 miles north of Chichester. Coming from Chichester, as you enter the village there are combined 'School ahead and crossroads' signs on both sides of the road. Turn right at the crossroads indicated into a narrow road, travel to the bottom of this short road and turn left. There is off-road parking on the right ahead. The walk starts adjacent to this corner. The bus service is provided by the number 60 bus from Chichester or Midhurst. This stops at the Dean public house. If you take this option, walk down the narrow road to the right of the pub, turn right at the bottom, the walk starts on the left at the next (right-hand) corner of the road. Lat/lng of the parking is
|Start to Gate 3|
Start point: 50.9031 lat, -0.7808 long
From your chosen parking spot, walk south with the River Lavant on your left and, where the road turns right, turn left and cross the bridge over the River Lavant. Bear right to walk uphill for 400 metres on a wide stone track with the flint wall bordering West Dean gardens on your left. At the end of a small wood on the right (and at a two-way fingerpost), turn right off the track and onto a path. Walk with fields on the left and the wood on your right. After 170 metres the wood ends. Continue on the path and, after a further 265 metres, pass through a small five bar gate to enter a sheep pasture. Continue ahead and in a further 320 metres, pass though a similar gate and again into a new field. Once again continue ahead and walk a further 500 metres to a three-way fingerpost at a gate on the right. As you walk this section, looking over to your right you will see the small hamlet of Binderton. Binderton house is somewhat hidden in the trees but this is where Anthony Eden lived during the Second World War.
|Gate 3 to End of the Rail Line|
Start point: 50.8891 lat, -0.784 long
Turn right to pass through the gate and walk ahead, passing over the Centurion Way after 140 metres. Continue for another 100 metres and turn sharp left (back on yourself) to walk back to the Centurion Way. Join the Centurion Way, turning left onto it.
|End of the Rail Line to End of Walk|
Start point: 50.9053 lat, -0.7834 long
Walk down the steps to exit onto a narrow road and turn right. Walk the short distance to meet the Chichester to Midhurst road and cross over it into another narrow road. Walk down this new road leaving the Dean pub (humm... was always called The Selsey Arms?) on the left and then, again on the left, the village shop. Turn right at the bottom, with the River Lavant in front of you, and walk along to finish the walk at your starting point.
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A lovely walk. very muddy to start but my fault for going in January.
|By stevensally on 22 Jan 2018|
Lovely walk, pretty in places and easy paths. I walked it in an hour at a fair pace. Great descriptions, thanks!
|By stumpyaura on 09 Oct 2017|
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