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Upwaltham and Sutton Down

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Upwaltham and Sutton Down
Author: mike evans, Published: 13 Dec 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide star1 Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide star1 Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide star1 Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide star0 Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Upwaltham and Sutton Down
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide boot Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide boot Upwaltham and Sutton Down Walking Guide
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A circular walk of around 5 miles (8km) starting and ending on the A285, just north of Upwaltham in West Sussex, with a total ascent of 210 metres. The walk has some stunning views throughout and a grand seat with a grand view perfectly placed at the end of the up in 'up the downs' (a local saying). The walk touches on The Monarchs Way and spends some time on the South Downs Way. There are both gates and stiles that you will need to negotiate on the route. We passed through one field of bullocks, although they were quite relaxed and caused us no problems (the path through this field is part of the South Downs Way and so is well-walked). There is no road walking, but you will need to cross the A285 twice, so take care at these points. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts on the A285 between Halnaker and Duncton. Upwaltham is a small hamlet some four miles north of Halnaker on the A285. The walk starts one mile from Upwaltham, heading in the direction of Duncton. Look out for a lay-by on the right-hand side as the A285 bends to the left. There is ample parking in the lay-by. The Latitude and Longitude of the parking is 50.927930, -0.640275. The nearest postcode of GU28 0LU will take you to a property quite close to the left-hand bend in the A285.

Walk Sections

Start to Wood
Start to Wood

Start point: 50.9278 lat, -0.6404 long
End point: 50.921 lat, -0.6309 long

From the parking spot, walk up the lay-by towards Duncton (north). At the end of the lay-by turn right at a public way fingerpost to enter a wide stone track with grass in the middle. Follow the track for some 700 metres as it bears right and then left. Then, as the public way crosses a bridleway at a four-way fingerpost, turn right. Ahead are two fields with a wide grass track between them. Walk straight ahead on the grass track. At the far side there is a small five bar gate to the left of a larger galvanised five bar gate with a bridleway waymarker on the left-hand gate post of the smaller gate. Pass through the gate and carry on straight ahead. Walk on this track for nearly 500 metres as it passes through initially open ground and then a lightly wooded area. The track goes gently downhill and bears to the right. As the slope downhill increases you pass a bridleway waymarker on your right. A short time later you will reach a small five bar gate, to the right of a larger five bar gate, both of which are on your left.

Wood to Seat
Wood to Seat

Start point: 50.921 lat, -0.6309 long
End point: 50.9088 lat, -0.6231 long

Pass through the gate, continue to a further small five bar gate and pass through that. The path ahead is initially narrow at first, but walk for 450 metres with fields on both sides through intermittent hedging, bear right half way along and finally enter a wooded area and reach a three-way bridleway sign with a track coming in from the left. Turn right and, in just a few metres, turn left to follow a narrow path uphill to a bridleway waymarker on the right. Bear left to join the bridleway. (In fact, if you miss the narrow path uphill, just carry on and follow the path to turn left and you will arrive at the same place).

Walk for some 450 metres to reach and pass through a small wooden five bar gate (to the right of a large galvanised five bar gate). Ahead in a wood you will see two radio masts. Walk ahead, now on a grass track, walk for 250 metres across open pasture to a similar combination of gates (with a sign for Bignor Hill) and pass through them. Do NOT take the large galvanised five bar gate to the right of the Bignor sign. A short distance ahead as you reach the wood, a track comes in from the right. There is a bridleway waymarker on the right. Do NOT turn right but walk straight ahead. Pass through the short wood and, in 340 metres, pass through a small wooden five bar gate in a wooden fence on the left. Walk diagonally right across the small fenced off area (going to the left of a small pond) and sit down on the fine wooden chair that someone has kindly placed there, and breathe! And enjoy the view.

Seat to Crossroads
Seat to Crossroads

Start point: 50.9088 lat, -0.6231 long
End point: 50.9067 lat, -0.622 long

From the seat, return to the gate through which you entered the area, pass through it and turn left. Walk for just over 300 metres, pass through a wooden five bar gate to a three-way bridleway fingerpost and turn right onto the South Downs Way. Walk for 175 metres, now with the radio masts on your right across a meadow. Towards the end, you head down a small slope to reach a track coming in from the left, turn right to join it. Shortly there is a four-way fingerpost on the left, marking a crossroads.

Crossroads to A285
Crossroads to A285

Start point: 50.9067 lat, -0.622 long
End point: 50.9217 lat, -0.6487 long

Stay right (on the South Downs Way) and walk for just over 100 metres and go through a five bar gate into a meadow. Still following the South Downs Way, there is a wire fence immediately on your left. The meadow is some 700 metres in length. When we passed through this meadow there were a number of bullock present, we passed quite close by a number of them without any problems. Just to say also that we have been through this particular meadow on many occasions and never seen cattle there before.

At the end of the meadow, pass through a small five bar gate. There is a four-way bridleway fingerpost to your left and a seat opposite. Go straight ahead, passing to the left of the seat and staying on the South Downs Way.

It is a straight 2.75km on this track (the South Downs Way) back to the A285. It's all downhill and when we walked it, they were in the final stages of re-surfacing the lower half with scalpings, so the going is generally easy. There is a track coming in from the right two thirds of the way down, but follow the bridleway fingerpost on the left at this point to continue ahead. (When I say straight, in fact towards the end there is a 90 degree turn to the left followed by a 90 degree turn to the right).

The track terminates at the A285, exiting through a large five bar gate. Turn right and walk a few metres on the verge to a fingerpost pointing to the left and the continuation of the South Downs Way.

A285 to End
A285 to End

Start point: 50.9217 lat, -0.6487 long
End point: 50.9281 lat, -0.6403 long

Cross the road carefully and walk up the drive ahead for a short distance. Where the drive splits, your route continues to the right of the drive to the building. Follow it as it goes uphill for a short distance to a five bar gate and pass through it. Shortly ahead as the ground rises, you will see a five bar gate and a three-way fingerpost. Do NOT go straight ahead through the gate, but turn right and walk towards a larger galvanised five bar gate with a stile to the left of it. Pass over the stile (or through the gate if it is open) and continue ahead to take a similarly configured gate and stile a short distance on. Continue on this track for an overall distance of 0.5km until you reach a track going of to the right towards some farm buildings. (Note that there was no footpath sign here when we walked). Walk down this track, to the right of an arable field, to reach a two-way fingerpost at the bottom and turn right.

In 70 metres or so there is another fingerpost pointing left. As the farmer has left equipment on the direct route of this fingerpost, I think it would be reasonable to take a diagonal route towards the corner of the farm building on your left to shortcut the direct route and avoid a considerable amount of mud. Once round the corner of the building, you will see a further fingerpost and the route out to the A285. From the exit of the farm, turn left and you will see your parking spot and the start of the walk ahead and on the other side of the road. Take great care crossing over!

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1 comments for "Upwaltham and Sutton Down"

This is a very good dog friendly walk. off lead until road crossings. the climb well worth it for the views. On my list of favourites.

By Sharon on 31 Dec 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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