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|Author: mike evans, Published: 08 Jan 2018||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk around the West Sussex village of Madehurst. The walk is a mixture of woodland, open downland and farmland. There are a few ups and downs, but nothing too strenuous. It can be muddy in places during wet weather. The walk includes lovely views throughout. We didn't meet any cattle during the walk, but did pass some sheep that were fenced off by an electric fence. Be prepared to negotiate both stiles and gates. The total ascent is 251 metres. Allow 3 hours.|
Fairmile Bottom is on the A29 between Fontwell and Bury. From the A27 at Fontwell, turn on to the A29 which is signed to London, Dorking and Slindon. After three miles look out for a small lay-by on the left, there is a green bridleway sign in the lay-by and a five bar gate signed Fairmile Bottom on the opposite side of the road. The latitude and longitude of the lay-by is 50.884765,-0.600070. The nearest post code is BN18 9FD, but this will take you to the roundabout between the A29 and A284 (from here head south-west on the A29 for one mile to find the lay-by on the right). The start of the walk can be reached on public transport using the number 71 bus from Chichester to Pulborough. The bus stop is Fairmile Bottom.
|Start to Houghton Forest|
Start point: 50.8779 lat, -0.593 long
From the lay-by follow the green public bridleway past a large log and pass through the hedge of trees to start the walk in a northerly direction. After 80 metres, at a three-way fingerpost and a kissing gate, turn right. (The kissing gate is your return route). The path here has new scalpings so the going here is good underfoot. Walk, now parallel with the A29, for some 700 metres to enter a wood. Shortly after entering the wood turn left. There is a bridleway waymarker on your left.
|Houghton Forest to Seat|
Start point: 50.8952 lat, -0.5974 long
After turning left, walk for 80 metres or so to reach the edge of the forest with a waymarker post on the left. Turn right here and walk with the forest on your right and a thin line of trees on the left. After a short distance the thin line of trees on your left give way to forest both left and right. Walk through the forest for 190 metres. Turn right and continue close to the edge of the forest for a further 150 metres and then, at a fingerpost on your left and arable fields in front, bear left and walk 160 metres between the fields towards further trees. (see image). Once at the trees continue ahead with the trees on your left and the field initially on your right and then trees both sides. In 450 metres you meet a wide track at a crossroads at a four-way bridleway fingerpost.
|Seat to Coneygate|
Start point: 50.8953 lat, -0.6216 long
The walk continues from the seat by returning to the gate and turning left to walk downhill with a clear view to the coast and a straight path ahead for one and a half kilometres. The path is only interrupted half way along by a pair of small five bar gates as your path crosses a track at a crossroads. Continue straight ahead. When we walked this section there were sheep on the left separated from us by an electric fence. As you reach a thin tree line and a fourway fingerpost, turn left to follow the footpath. Walk to the left of the trees, passing an old seat on your right after a few metres and continue to drop down a small hollow after 300 metres to reach a wooden kissing gate. Pass through the gate and up an incline and into a wooded area. After about 80 metres, at a three-way footpath fingerpost, turn left. Walk ahead a short distance to a visible large five bar gate with a stile to the right of it. Pass over the stile and into a field. Follow the direction of the footpath waymarker attached to the stile to bear right and cross towards the corner of a wood and a further footpath waymarker.
|Coneygate to End|
Start point: 50.8851 lat, -0.6122 long
At the narrow roadway, turn right onto it. Walk along the roadway for some 300 metres as it curves to the left through woodland then opens to a lovely vista on the left (see associated picture). Three spectacular cedars can be seen.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2018 by the author seekin and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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