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Compton Northern Circuit

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Compton Northern Circuit
Author: mike evans, Published: 02 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide star0 Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide star0 Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide star0 Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide star0 Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Compton Northern Circuit
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide boot Compton Northern Circuit Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk just outside of the village of Compton in West Sussex. There are several gradients up and down, but nothing too extreme. The walk is through open downland, some woodland and a number of arable fields. The start and finish are on a quiet country lane. There are stunning views in all directions throughout most of the walk. There are a number of gates on the walk, but no stiles. We did not meet any cattle, but did meet some sheep on the walk, and a trough in one meadow was indicative of a possibility of cattle at times. Allow 2 hours.

Compton in West Sussex is 5 miles (8 kilometres) north of Emsworth and sits on the B2146 between West Marden and South Harting. Pass through the village from West Marden (from the south, heading north). After exiting the village on the B2146, take the next turning on the left which is in about half a mile. Drive up this country lane for about a half a mile and park in a small lay-by on the right. The nearest postcode, PO18 9NW, will take you close to the junction between the B2146 and the country lane, about half a mile from the starting lay-by. Latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.932499, -0.911897.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wood
Start to Wood

Start point: 50.9325 lat, -0.912 long
End point: 50.9324 lat, -0.912 long

From the lay-by, walk back down the lane towards Compton (north) for 140 metres to reach a small galvanised five bar gate on your right (with a fingerpost to the right of it). Pass through the gate and follow the (somewhat indistinct) grass path across the meadow (which may be holding sheep), passing to the right of a large tree in front of you (about 2 o'clock). Walk for 130 metres to a similar galvanised five bar gate in a wire fence. Pass through the gate and and walk with views to distant Butser Hill on the right. Walk directly ahead, following the grass track for 220 metres, to reach the right-hand side of a tree line. Pass through a further (this time rather rusty) five bar gate, with a bridleway waymarker on the left-hand gate post. Now with trees to the left and expansive views on the right, walk for a further 370 metres to a small wooden five bar gate (to the right of a larger galvanised five bar gate) as the path enters a wood.

Wood to Road
Wood to Road

Start point: 50.9324 lat, -0.912 long
End point: 50.9297 lat, -0.9152 long

Pass through the gate and into the wood. The path now climbs steadily and, after 150 metres or so, reaches a five bar gate with a gap to the right of it. Pass through the gap and after a short distance, as a track comes in from the left (with a two-way bridleway waymarker on the left), turn right to continue on the bridleway. Continue ahead and, after 300 metres, pass through a gap to the right of another five bar gate. Just beyond the gate, a three-way fingerpost on the right points to a footpath leading off to the left. Do NOT take this footpath but continue ahead on the bridleway. A further 220 metres brings you to another three-way fingerpost pointing to a footpath on the right. This time DO turn right to follow the footpath towards an electricity pylon with a three-way fingerpost in front of it. Walk the length of what must be one of the shortest footpaths around to the post in front of the pylon, and turn right onto the bridleway.

Now walk going gently downhill for 270 metres to exit the wood. Ahead over a short field you will see a five bar gate with a fingerpost to the left of it in the hedge line. Walk across this short field to the gate and exit onto the road.

Road to Farm Track
Road to Farm Track

Start point: 50.9297 lat, -0.9152 long
End point: 50.9271 lat, -0.9229 long

Once on the road, turn right. It is a short distance to a footpath fingerpost on the left. (Watch out for a false opening before it). Turn left at the bridleway fingerpost and walk a short distance through trees and into a field. The footpath is straight ahead across the arable field (335 metres).

Continue ahead, crossing two additional fields of similar size, with the path passing through a short length of trees between the fields. At the end of the third field, again pass through a few trees to exit by a bridleway fingerpost on the left. This points across another arable field, towards the right of a group of trees and bushes, where a fingerpost beside a five bar gate can be seen. Head across the field towards the fingerpost.

At the fingerpost, turn right to walk to the left of the divide between two fields. After 400 metres, at a bridleway fingerpost, the path follows the edge of the field to turn left and shortly right. Continue on for another 400 metres to meet a farm track at a T-junction. There is a three-way fingerpost on the right. Turn right onto it.

Farm Track to End
Farm Track to End

Start point: 50.9271 lat, -0.9229 long
End point: 50.9441 lat, -0.922 long

Stay on this track for almost one kilometre, as it passes through an avenue of trees before reaching some buildings on the left. Ignore the fingerpost here, but continue on first turning right and then left. A few metres past the left turning, look out for a footpath fingerpost on the right pointing across a field. Turn right onto this path and into the field, there is a concrete post on the left and another one a short distance into the field. Walk 210 metres to cross the arable field to a hedge. At the hedge, walk through the gap to the right of a waymarker and into another arable field.

The track goes slightly left, say between 10 and 11 o'clock, towards a point to the left of a field exit (and at the time of writing towards the left end of two large hay stacks). At a fingerpost, exit onto and cross a lane into a further arable field. Walk across this short field at an angle of about 10 o'clock, towards the corner of a tree line. (Unfortunately the fingerpost here is missing and the exit through the trees is not obvious but it is there and once found it is a few metres through the trees and onto your original road). Once on the road, turn right and it is 250 metres back to the lay-by and the start of the walk.

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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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