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Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden

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Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden
Author: mike evans, Published: 20 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide star1 Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide star1 Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide star1 Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide star1 Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide boot Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide boot Pudsey Walk from Compton to Upmarden Walking Guide
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A 4 mile (6.5km) circular walk starting and ending in the square at Compton in West Sussex. There are stunning views in all directions throughout most of the walk. We did the walk the day after Children in Need was televised so we found ourselves walking in the company of Pudsey Bear, or at least evidence of his passing along a part of the walk.

There are several gradients up and down, these are not too extreme although the final descent is quite steep and can be slippery. The walk is mainly through open downland with one section through woodland at the beginning and one short section on a country road. There are a number of gates on the walk and a couple of stiles. We did not meet any cattle or sheep, although this could not be ruled out on another occasion. Allow 2 hours.

Compton in West Sussex is 5 miles (8km) north of Emsworth and sits on the B2146 between West Marden and South Harting. Entering the village from West Marden (from the south), look for a turning to the right in the centre of the village immediately past the Coach and Horses pub. Turn right and there is parking in the square in front of you. If there is no parking in the square, then there is some parking at the end of School Lane where the walk starts. Turn into the square and drive to the right of the well in the centre of the square. The lane is short and there is some parking opposite the school entrance. The latitude and longitude of the start of the walk is 50.927420/-0.896705. Approximate post code PO18 9HA.

Walk Sections

Start to Road
Start to Road

Start point: 50.9269 lat, -0.8955 long
End point: 50.934 lat, -0.8808 long

If you parked in the square, walk up School Lane with the well to your back. School Lane is the right-hand of the two road options. At the end of the lane the school sits on the right. If you parked by the school then you are already there. The way ahead is obvious and is a track leading ahead to the left of the school entrance.

After 100 metres the track splits at a Y-junction. Take the left-hand option and, after a few metres, turn left to take the first option of the three which are presented to you. There is a four-way fingerpost which itself is on the right, slightly past the option that you want.

Walk on the track between trees for a distance of 1200 metres to emerge from the trees and into a meadow. There are still trees on your left. Stay close to the trees on the left and walk for a further 200 metres to reach a road at waypoint 1.

Road to Field
Road to Field

Start point: 50.934 lat, -0.8808 long
End point: 50.9368 lat, -0.869 long

At the road junction walk straight ahead onto a wide track with two large logs preventing vehicular access. Walk on this wide track for some 400 metres or so, to the start of a wood on the right. Just before the wood you will see a stile on the right with a footpath waymarker to the right of it. Go over the stile and walk with the wood on your left and a field on your right. After some 220 metres and at the end of the wood on your left, you will reach a two-way fingerpost on your left pointing towards a stile a short distance ahead. Walk ahead and go over the stile (which has a footpath waymarker on the left-hand post).

Walk ahead across a field, keeping to a fence on your left. After 270 metres and at the end of the field, go over a further stile (there is a two-way fingerpost to the right) and onto a track and turn left. Walk straight ahead following the fingerpost, crossing a field keeping a fence on the left and in line with some overhead electric cables. Walk for 180 metres towards the corner of a wood on your left, to reach a two-way footpath fingerpost on the left pointing diagonally across the field.

Field to Long Lane
Field to Long Lane

Start point: 50.9368 lat, -0.869 long
End point: 50.9328 lat, -0.8702 long

Follow the direction of the fingerpost to diagonally cross the field towards the distant tree line and a four-way fingerpost. At the fingerpost, do NOT exit the field but turn right to stay in the same field. Walk staying close to the left-hand edge of the field now with trees on your left and the field on your right. Continue for some 470 metres to meet a road (Long Lane) and turn right onto it. Walk up the road for 70 metres to reach a fingerpost pointing to a footpath on the left.

Long Lane to Church
Long Lane to Church

Start point: 50.9328 lat, -0.8702 long
End point: 50.9213 lat, -0.8691 long

Turn left and pass through a gate (to the left of a five-bar gate) to enter a field. Continue across the field for some 550 metres, keeping a barbed wire fence on your right, to reach a stile. From this vantage point a great view of the Solent and the Isle of Wight can be seen. Cross the stile and continue through an arable field for 200 metres to a hedge of trees.

Keeping the trees on your left, walk for another 280 metres to exit onto a track. Here you turn to the left to visit the 12th Century Upmarden church of St Michael's. Walk for 90 metres or so and turn right (just after the restored cart shed) towards the church.

The 12th century church of St Michael's is normally locked which is unfortunate as it houses some interesting wall paintings. You might care to take advantage of one of the three benches in the churchyard and spend a couple of minutes of your time to give a thought to two courageous Englishmen buried in the small churchyard. Herbert Richard Westmacott, the highest ranking SAS officer to be killed in Northern Ireland, and his father Herbert Patrick, a much decorated sub mariner. They are situated on the far side of the church. If you venture to go there, look out a short distance into the adjacent field to see the now somewhat stranded, old village well. Use your imagination to see the more than 65 houses that stood in this area in the mid-eighteenth century.

Church to Cross Country Track
Church to Cross Country Track

Start point: 50.9213 lat, -0.8691 long
End point: 50.9241 lat, -0.8826 long

From the church, exit using the same track that you entered on and turn left and past the restored cart shed. The track now descends as a bridleway. After some 700 metres, the path jinks to the left as it meets a cross-country horse riding track ahead.

Footsteps and bike tracks indicate that the horse track has been more popular than our path, which becomes quite narrow initially from here on. A waymarker indicates the correct route and it is quite passable.

Cross Country Track to End
Cross Country Track to End

Start point: 50.9241 lat, -0.8826 long
End point: 50.9269 lat, -0.8955 long

From here it is uphill and, after some 800 metres at a crossroads of tracks, cross 'straight' over (in fact bearing slightly left and then right) to go straight ahead and follow the only footpath signed on the four-way fingerpost on the left.

Walk at the right-hand side of a field for some 170 metres with a hedge to the right. The path now starts to steepen sharply as you leave the field behind on the left in favour of more general scrub, but still with trees on your right. After some 160 metres you meet the point where you departed from this common route on the outward leg. From this point you will be retracing your steps. Simply carry on ahead, walking the final 130 metres back to the start adjacent to the school.

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