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Binderton and Kingley Vale

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Binderton and Kingley Vale
Author: mike evans, Published: 03 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide star1 Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide star1 Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide star1 Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide star0 Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Binderton and Kingley Vale
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide boot Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide boot Binderton and Kingley Vale Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from Binderton in West Sussex, up over the north face of the South Downs to Kingley Vale and back. Early on it is a steady walk up the escarpement of the downs to reach a view point to match any that you will find on the downs. There are views as far as Brighton along the coast and Chichester harbour and the Solent. You will meet no cattle on the walk, but I have come across the odd sheep (although this is unusual). The are a number of gates on route but there are no stiles on the walk. There are a couple of road crossings and a stretch along a roadside verge. Allow 2.5 hours.

Binderton is situated on the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road, one mile north of Lavant. When you reach Binderton, turn into Binderton Lane. Binderton Lane is on the west side of the A286. A short distance up the lane, park on a dirt lay-by on the right opposite Binderton House. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.891160, -0.792496. The nearest postcode is PO18 0JS (this will take you to the A286 just to the south of Binderton Lane).

By bus. The number 60 Stagecoach bus from Chichester to Midhurst stops close to the start of the walk. From either the north or south going bus stops, walk north towards Midhurst for a short distance and Binderton Lane is on the left. The walk starts at a lay-by, a short distance up the lane.

Walk Sections

Start to B2141
Start to B2141

Start point: 50.8911 lat, -0.7923 long
End point: 50.8911 lat, -0.7923 long

From the parking area, walk away from the A286 up Binderton Lane, passing Binderton House on your left.

Binderton House was the home of Anthony Eden during the Second World War after he bought it in 1941. By all accounts though, he did not spend a great deal of time there due to his commitments in London.

Initially up a slight gradient for 340 metres, proceed up Binderton Lane to turn left and then go downhill for half a kilometre to reach the B2141.

B2141 to Viewpoint
B2141 to Viewpoint

Start point: 50.8911 lat, -0.7923 long
End point: 50.8902 lat, -0.8047 long

Once on the B2141, turn right and walk a short distance to a green bridleway sign on the right. Carefully cross the road and enter a grassy track by going through a gap to the left of a galvanised five bar gate.

The track goes uphill at a moderate rate. Walk for about 800 metres to meet a track coming in from the left. Walk straight ahead to join it and continue for some 650 metres to a crossroads of tracks with a four-way bridleway fingerpost on the left. Turn right and continue uphill for 540 metres to reach a notice board about Kingley Vale, and as good a view as you will find on the South Downs, or arguably anywhere.

On a good day you can see as far as Ditchling Beacon and Brighton in the east, Chichester Harbour, the Solent and the Isle of Wight in the the south and Cocking in the north. Kingley Vale covers some 400 acres and has Yews as much as 2,000 years old, which are some of the oldest living organisms in Great Britain.

Viewpoint to Turning Point
Viewpoint to Turning Point

Start point: 50.8902 lat, -0.8047 long
End point: 50.8908 lat, -0.8251 long

From the viewpoint, continue uphill ignoring options to go off to the left or right as you start. After about 500 metres, at a four-way bridleway fingerpost, turn right. You'll be pleased to know that the walk goes either flat or downhill from here on, well at least until it goes back uphill towards the end!

Stay on this track for just over one kilometre. At a four-way bridleway fingerpost on the left, turn right onto a narrow path. Pass through a bit of a dark tunnel between two yew trees.

Turning Point to B2141
Turning Point to B2141

Start point: 50.8908 lat, -0.8251 long
End point: 50.9055 lat, -0.8241 long

Go through the tunnel between the yews and, a short distance on at another four-way fingerpost, turn right. The path goes fairly steeply downhill for some 350 metres before emerging from the trees. Shortly go through a small wooden five bar gate and into a field. Bear left and walk to the left of the short field to a crossroads of tracks. There is a small galvanised five bar gate, somewhat on its own straight ahead. Walk past the gate and continue straight ahead, passing a two-way bridleway fingerpost on the left after a few metres. Continue to reach the B2141 after 70 metres at a double five bar gate with a gap in the middle.

B2141 to End
B2141 to End

Start point: 50.9055 lat, -0.8241 long
End point: 50.9009 lat, -0.8151 long

At the B2141, turn right and walk for 220 metres. There is a wide verge to safely walk on either side of the road. After 220 metres, turn left onto a track at a bridleway fingerpost. Walk for 750 metres up the track as it goes gently uphill to reach a crossroads with a four-way fingerpost on the left.

Go 'straight' across the crossroads (actually bearing slightly to the right). Walk now for 700 metres, passing a house on the right halfway along, where the track becomes a drive to the house. At the end, exit onto the Binderton Lane, turn left (actually straight on) and walk down the lane to your starting point.

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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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