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Duncton Hill

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Duncton Hill
Author: mike evans, Published: 31 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Duncton Hill Walking Guide star1 Duncton Hill Walking Guide star1 Duncton Hill Walking Guide star1 Duncton Hill Walking Guide star0 Duncton Hill Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Duncton Hill
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Duncton Hill Walking Guide boot Duncton Hill Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk from the top of Duncton Hill in West Sussex, first going to the east and taking a clockwise route crossing the A258 halfway round and looping to the west before returning to the starting point. If the wind happens to be in the north, keep an eye open for gliders flying out of nearby Parham airfield at Storrington. This is an ideal area for ridge soaring and they likely to come over just above treetop height.

There are expansive views throughout the walk which is mainly across open downland. The walk is up and down as might be expected on the South Downs, but nothing too extreme. No cattle or sheep should be encountered on the walk. You will pass through one gate and go over one stile (which has a large gap for dogs). There are two crossings of the A285 which need care. Allow 1.5 hours.

Duncton Hill sits on the A285 between Halnaker and Duncton in West Sussex. The walk starts at the top of Duncton Hill at the entrance to a quarry. The quarry is on the eastern side of the A285, some 5.8 miles from Halnaker and one mile from Duncton. Parking is alongside of the entrance to the quarry where there is plenty of space without hindering access to the quarry itself. There is no public transport to the start of the walk which is at latitude 50.953277 and longitude -0.630759. The nearest post code of GU28 0LU will take you about half a mile away (a bit further away from Duncton than the start point).

Walk Sections

Start to Wood
Start to Wood

Start point: 50.9344 lat, -0.6431 long
End point: 50.9343 lat, -0.6432 long

From the parking area, walk to the A285 and turn right, staying on the verge for a few metres until you are opposite to a green bridleway sign (to the left of a double metal five bar gate) on the other (eastern) side of the road. Cross the road with care and go through the gap to the right of the sign.

Note the direction of the sign which points across an arable field. Use this direction, if the path across the field has not been established, as your way ahead. Walk across the field, a distance of 400 metres. At the end of the field, follow the path as it immediately enters a wood with a two-way bridleway fingerpost on the left. Follow the path as it goes down hill for some 400 metres, where you will reach reach a three-way bridleway fingerpost.

Wood to Crossroads
Wood to Crossroads

Start point: 50.9343 lat, -0.6432 long
End point: 50.9363 lat, -0.6315 long

Turn right at this three-way bridleway fingerpost and follow the new path as it goes gently uphill, emerging from the woodland to fields on your right. Walk now in a bit of a gully with trees on the left and open fields on the right. Follow the path and, after about 130 metres, the path bears left away from the fields and starts to gently descend. On the left the walk now opens to a spectacular view to the north and east.

Continue to descend for 550 metres as the path gently curves to the right, to eventually reach a track at a crossroads with a four-way fingerpost on your left.

Crossroads to Farm
Crossroads to Farm

Start point: 50.9363 lat, -0.6315 long
End point: 50.9282 lat, -0.6307 long

Turn right onto the track. Walk for some 700 metres down the track, which curves gently to the right and then the left before terminating at the A285. There are expansive views on both sides. On reaching the A285, turn left and walk for about 100 metres along a lay-by alongside the A285 as it goes round a bend. Once round the bend, continue on the verge for a few more metres and carefully cross the road and enter the drive of a farm. Not visible from the road, but visible once you have entered the farm drive, is a footpath fingerpost tucked behind a hedge on the left.

Farm to Last Stretch
Farm to Last Stretch

Start point: 50.9282 lat, -0.6307 long
End point: 50.9274 lat, -0.6416 long

From the footpath fingerpost behind the hedge on the left side of the farm entrance, go through the small five bar gate and continue ahead, staying just to the right of the hedge which runs alongside the A285 for 70 metres or so, to a two-way footpath fingerpost. Follow the sign to turn right, walk another 70 metres to another two-way fingerpost and turn left.

Now with a field on both sides, walk for 285 metres to the end of the fields and turn right. Continue with a fence separating you from a field on the left and walk a short distance towards some trees. Enter the trees, bearing slightly right with a footpath waymarker on your right. Pass through the trees and, in 100 metres, exit into open ground with a three-way footpath fingerpost on your left.

Last Stretch to End
Last Stretch to End

Start point: 50.9274 lat, -0.6416 long
End point: 50.9292 lat, -0.6453 long

Continue straight ahead across the open ground towards a tree line 250 metres away. Enter the trees through a gap in the fence, with a footpath waymarker on your left. Follow the path through the wood for some 290 metres to exit onto a wide chalky track, with a wide metal double five bar gate to your right and a stile to the right of that. Turn right and pass over the stile. It is now a short walk down the quarry access road back to your starting point.

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3 comments for "Duncton Hill"

Lovely dog walk through some beautiful countryside. Thank you!

By Blauster on 14 Sep 2018

Stunning views in the late autumn sunshine

By Shelton on 05 Nov 2017

Nice walk with wonderful views across the countryside.

By linny on 02 Nov 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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The view at the start of the walk.

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