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Lavant and Binderton

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Lavant and Binderton
Author: mike evans, Published: 13 Feb 2018 Walk Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Lavant and Binderton
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3.5 mile circular easy-access walk from Lavant in West Sussex, that follows the River Lavant back towards its source. At Binderton the walk joins the Centurion Way for the return journey. I have been looking for some time for a local walk that would be suitable for an off-road mobility scooter. There always seems to be something (a kissing gate or set of steps or a stile) which stops it working. On this walk the only obstacles are three simple gates, all of which should be operable from a scooter. I have included pictures of each to help individuals make the decision. The walk is essentially flat except for a slope down onto the Centurion Way. Just one caveat though, and that is the paths are not all surfaced so, 'not in the winter and only in dry conditions' is the easy-access rule, as the walk can be muddy in places. There were no cattle or sheep present when we did the walk, but it is possible that some may be encountered between gates one and two. Allow 2 hours.

Lavant sits on the A286 Midhurst Road a mile or so north of Chichester. After entering Lavant from Chichester, lookout for the Earl of March pub on the right. Then a couple of hundred metres further, as the A286 bends to the left, turn sharp right onto Sheepwash Lane. Then at the end of a short hill, park in a lay-by on the left. The number 60 Chichester to Midhurst bus service stops adjacent to the Earl of March pub. If you take this option, once you get off the bus walk in a northerly direction for 200 metres and turn right into Sheepwash Lane. The start of the walk is at the lay-by at the bottom of the hill. The latitude and longitude of the parking area is 50.868935,-0.781435 and the nearest postcode is PO18 0FA.

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Walk Sections

Start to River Lavant
Start to River Lavant

Start point: 50.8689 lat, -0.7816 long
End point: 50.8689 lat, -0.7818 long

From the lay-by, walk down the road with the River Lavant (or as it is also known, the Lavant Course) on your left. After some 100 metres or so, turn left to cross a bridge over the river and onto a track. Walk for one and a quarter kilometres to waypoint one where the river returns to run adjacent to the track.

River Lavant to Gate 1
River Lavant to Gate 1

Start point: 50.8689 lat, -0.7818 long
End point: 50.8792 lat, -0.7831 long

Continue ahead on the same track which is variable in quality and, certainly during wet periods, slippery in places. After a further 700 metres you will reach the first gate. The small wooden five bar gate has a tall opener on the far side of the gate suitable for a horse rider. The gate opens away from you. (See image).

Gate 1 to Gate 2
Gate 1 to Gate 2

Start point: 50.8792 lat, -0.7831 long
End point: 50.8854 lat, -0.7865 long

From gate one, continue ahead on the same track for a further 435 metres to a four-way bridleway fingerpost on the left. Turn left here to pass through gate two. Again gate two is the same format as gate 1. (See image).

As you walk along this section, the village (well hamlet at best) of Binderton can be seen a few hundred metres away to your left. Hidden in the trees is Binderton House which was owned by Anthony Eden during the Second World War.

Gate 2 to Gate 3
Gate 2 to Gate 3

Start point: 50.8854 lat, -0.7865 long
End point: 50.8892 lat, -0.7838 long

After passing through gate 2, the path makes its way for approximately 150 metres towards a bridge over the Centurion Way and the final gate. (The image shows gate 3 from the far side).

Gate 3 to Centurion Way
Gate 3 to Centurion Way

Start point: 50.8892 lat, -0.7838 long
End point: 50.8895 lat, -0.786 long

From gate 3, the path passes over the bridge and away from The Centurion Way as it slopes down gradually to the same level. At the bottom there is an acute bend to the left after which the path leads back to join the Centurion Way.

On reaching the Centurion Way turn right onto it. The distance back to Lavant is one and a quarter kilometres. As you walk along this section, have a thought for the Canadian soliders that were camped alongside this railway during the Second World War whilst waiting for D-day.

Centurion Way to End
Centurion Way to End

Start point: 50.8895 lat, -0.786 long
End point: 50.8812 lat, -0.7869 long

The Centurion Way is interrupted by the housing estates at the north end of Lavant. Historically this area was a sprawling toy factory with stacks of drying oak everywhere you looked. I remember as a child living in Lavant and the siren going off at 7:30 every morning to mark the start of the working day.

Once you reach the houses that mark the end of this section of the old railway line, you enter a circle of houses around a green. Circle the green in a clockwise direction and turn left into Lavant Down Road. Continue along Lavant Down Road for about 300 metres and, at a set of bollards across the road, walk through them and into Spring Gardens. Walk along Spring Gardens for some 250 metres as the road bends to the right towards the end to meet St Nicholas Road at a T-junction. Turn left into St Nicholas Road. Continue along St Nicholas Road for about 350 metres until it reaches St Nicholas Church itself. Exit the estate onto the pavement alongside the A286 Midhurst road and turn left.

Walk on the pavement alongside the A286 for some 300 metres as it passes now over the re-established Centurion Way and, when the A286 bends to the right, go straight ahead (actually turning left off of the A286) to join Sheepwash Lane. Go steeply downhill for a short distance to reach 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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