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Three Seats Walk

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Three Seats Walk
Author: mike evans, Published: 27 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Three Seats Walk Walking Guide star1 Three Seats Walk Walking Guide star1 Three Seats Walk Walking Guide star1 Three Seats Walk Walking Guide star0 Three Seats Walk Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Three Seats Walk
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Three Seats Walk Walking Guide boot Three Seats Walk Walking Guide boot Three Seats Walk Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk which starts between Walderton and Upmarden in West Sussex. The walk is partly wooded and partly through open countryside with expansive views down to Chichester harbour. As the walk name suggests, there are three seats on the walk, the first two with lovely views down to the coast and the third frequently gives views of deer in a glade in front of you. If you want a shorter downland 'fix' then walk to the first or second seats which come shortly after the start, have a coffee or tea and take in the views and retrace your steps. This is something we often do if we are limited for time.

There is one steepish descent which can be slippery at times and one moderate climb, also a gradual descent which is rutted in places and is strewn with flints. There is one stile on the walk and one kissing gate. There are no cattle or sheep. There is one stretch along a quiet road. Parking is somewhat limited being restricted to one car. Allow 2 hours.

Up Marden is on the South Downs, 7 miles (11 km) north-west of Chichester, close to East Marden and Walderton. The walk starts on the road between Walderton and Up Marden. There is no public transport to start of the walk. By car, starting in Walderton, head in the direction of Stoughton and take the left turning shortly after leaving Walderton then continue for 0.8 of a mile. Look out for a two-way footpath sign on the right, a footpath leading from the left and the right side of the road and a wide track leading off to left to some barns. There is room to park on the left, pointing towards the barns but still leaving access clear to them. Latitude and longitude of parking is 50.901252/-0.872040.

Walk Sections

Start to Seat 2
Start to Seat 2

Start point: 50.9012 lat, -0.872 long
End point: 50.9014 lat, -0.8804 long

From the parking area the footpath goes in both directions, but turn to the left (with Walderton behind you) to start up the footpath so that you leave the barn on your right. The path makes its way uphill through trees. Follow it for some 170 metres to a point where a path leads off to the left at a three-way bridleway fingerpost. Turn left and continue ahead. As you come out of the trees (there are still trees on your right) and into open downland, stay close to the tree line on the right. After 150 metres or so you will find seat number one on your right. There are lovely views ahead and to the left.

Keep going for another 150 metres, curving to the right and staying close to the tree line on your right. The track enters some trees past a bridleway waymarker on your right. The wide track now goes gently downhill, curving first to the right and then to the left (ignore the track on the right) and then again to the right to emerge from the trees with views to the coast on the left. There are two further waymarkers to guide you through this section. In a few metres you will reach seat two on the right. Actually two seats and a table!

Seat 2 to Drive
Seat 2 to Drive

Start point: 50.9014 lat, -0.8804 long
End point: 50.9079 lat, -0.8839 long

Leaving seat two, continue ahead in the same direction. To the left ahead you can see the sweeping grounds of Watergate House, the entrance to which is on the left a few metres beyond the point where you will shortly turn right.

A little about Watergate House first. The original house was built around 1600 but was burnt down in 1942 during a period when it was occupied by the army. It was then rebuilt in its current classical style.

Continuing with the walk. The track goes gently downhill. After 300 metres, with a two-way fingerpost on your right, pass to the right of a metal five bar gate. Continue ahead, again for 300 metres, passing a beautifully restored barn conversion on your left. Now with a wooden panelled fence (with a metal fence in front of that) on your left, turn right down a drive which goes off to the right at 90 degrees. The drive immediately turns right into an industrial area with a grass track going ahead. Go ahead on the grass track with a fenced field on your left and a hedgerow of trees on your right. After 320 metres or so, the track enters a wooded area. Shortly, as the main track goes straight ahead, another track goes off to the right (marked by a footpath waymarker on the right). Bear right here. Again after a few metres, the new track is crossed by a track coming from the left. Continue by turning right onto it. The track climbs as it curves round to the left and, after 130 metres, opens out into a field with a two-way fingerpost on the right. Follow the fingerpost to turn left and continue staying close to the tree line on your left. Walk for 340 metres to reach a drive.

Drive to Locksash Farm
Drive to Locksash Farm

Start point: 50.9079 lat, -0.8839 long
End point: 50.9171 lat, -0.8887 long

At the drive, turn left to join it. Walk down the drive to meet a narrow road in 120 metres and turn right. There is generally very little traffic on this quiet road. You may see one or two cars on your journey, so be careful. Walk for 1km until you see a white painted house in front of you at what appears to be a T-junction. In fact, it is a left hand bend in the road with a drive into a farm yard to the right. When you reach this point, turn right and pass through a double five bar gate and into Locksash Farm.

Locksash Farm to Arable Field
Locksash Farm to Arable Field

Start point: 50.9171 lat, -0.8887 long
End point: 50.918 lat, -0.8843 long

Follow the fingerpost on the right to walk into Locksash Farm, passing through a metal five bar gate. A flint wall on the right shortly gives way to a large barn. Continue ahead and, at the end of the barn (as the drive goes round to the right), continue ahead passing to the left of another barn which is in front of you. Bear slightly left to make for a metal five bar gate and pass through it (or through the space to the left of it). A wide track ahead bends to the right past a waymarker on the right. As you go down hill and around the bend, look out for a path leading off to the left by a two-way fingerpost. Caution here as there is also an unmarked path on the left just before the one that you want. Turn left at the fingerpost and take the path which goes fairly steeply downhill.

The path can be slippery at times. Follow the path, going to the right of an old stile as you near the bottom, to emerge into an arable field with a footpath waymarker on your left. Pay attention to the yellow arrow on the waymarker (particularly if you are walking at a time of the year when the way across the field has not been established). The arrow points to the correct direction which is about 30 degrees to the left of the line straight across the field (about 11 o'clock). Those with keen eyes will spot a waymarker at the far side of the field.

Arable Field to Wood
Arable Field to Wood

Start point: 50.918 lat, -0.8843 long
End point: 50.9118 lat, -0.878 long

Make your way uphill across the field, heading for the aforementioned waymarker. Leave the field and enter a wood. Follow the path for 80 metres to meet a wider path crossing from right to left at a two-way fingerpost and turn left onto this. Continue on this fairly straight grassy path for 250 metres to a two-way footpath fingerpost. Follow the fingerpost to continue straight ahead. After a further 130 metres, follow the path as it turns about 90 degrees to the right at a three-way fingerpost (which is on your left).

The path, which now goes gently downhill, reaches seat three in about 130 metres. The seat consists of an old tree trunk with the top sliced off and, if you choose to sit here, more often than not you will see deer in the glade in front of you. The walk continues in the same direction, past the seat and, in 120 metres, bends to the right at a footpath waymarker. After a further 170 metres, the path emerges from the wood at a waymarker on the right with a field to the right and a hedge of trees on the left. Walk 350 metres past the field to re-enter a wood. The track here becomes wider and muddier as it makes its way downhill and bends to the right.

Wood to End
Wood to End

Start point: 0 lat, 0 long
End point: 0 lat, 0 long

Bear to the right as a poorly defined track joins you from the left. Continue ahead and, in 90 metres or so, you will reach a Y-junction. Take the left-hand fork to bear left and start to go uphill, shortly passing a two-way fingerpost on your right as a track joins you from the right. The track now climbs steadily for 170 metres or so. As you approach the top, you will see a track on the right with two small posts either side of the track in front of you. The left-hand one has a small 'private' sign on it. Turn right to follow the track to the right. Shortly you will reach a five bar gate with a metal kissing gate to the left of it. Go through the kissing gate and walk ahead, shortly passing Lyecommon Cottage on the left.

After leaving the cottage on what is now the cottage drive, bear left to walk for 150 metres to reach a three-way bridleway fingerpost on the left (where the drive turns 90 degrees to the right). Do NOT follow the drive, but continue ahead bearing slightly left onto a track, shortly passing a vehicle barrier. The first 230 metres of the track has fields behind hedges of trees and shrubs on both sides. Thereafter the track passes through woodland. Shortly into the wood there is a crossing track, but a bridleway waymarker guides you to stay straight ahead and remain on track. Later, a track goes off to the right, the way is barred by a large tree, ignore this track and again follow a bridleway marker to stay on track. The track becomes somewhat furrowed with rain water channels here and shortly before the end you pass a junction where you turned left on the outward leg (now on your right). Total distance of this last track is about 1km. From this point simply go ahead to retrace your steps back to the start.

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