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Wepham Circular

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Wepham Circular
Author: mike evans, Published: 14 Feb 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Wepham Circular Walking Guide star1 Wepham Circular Walking Guide star1 Wepham Circular Walking Guide star0 Wepham Circular Walking Guide star0 Wepham Circular Walking Guide
West Sussex, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Wepham Circular
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Wepham Circular Walking Guide boot Wepham Circular Walking Guide
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A simple round walk of just under 4 miles, from the village of Wepham in West Sussex. There are expansive views throughout, with the Solent and the Isle of Wight often visible to the south, along with Burpham, Arundel and Arundel Castle. You will encounter the usual ups and downs of the South Downs but nothing too taxing. You are likely to pass sheep on route but all, when we walked, were behind electric fences. You will encounter some stiles on the way, most of which have side gaps or dog gates to allow dogs to pass. Allow 2 hours.

Wepham sits to the north east of Arundel. To reach the village, leave Arundel on the A27 and shortly after passing over the railway bridge, turn left onto a road signed Warningcamp and Burpham. Drive for 2.5 miles and look out for a concrete roadway on the right with a round mirror and a footpath sign to the right-hand side. This is the start of the walk, but continue ahead for another 140 metres or so (passing a small road on the left) to reach a tarmac drive on the right with a footpath sign. This is the return route. Just passed the drive, there is parking for one car. If you cannot park here then there is a possibility of parking down the small road that you passed on the left. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.867197,-0.518782 and the nearest postcode is BN18 9RD.

Walk Sections

Start to Turn One
Start to Turn One

Start point: 50.8672 lat, -0.5187 long
End point: 50.8672 lat, -0.5187 long

From your parking spot make your way back along the road to the turning onto the concrete track which you passed by car on your journey here. As said within the Getting There notes, there is a mirror and footpath fingerpost to the right and a sign to 108 Wepham Cottage on the left.

Turn onto this track and walk gently uphill for a distance of 450 metres to reach a three-way fingerpost on the left which marks Waypoint One.

Turn One to Crossways
Turn One to Crossways

Start point: 50.8672 lat, -0.5187 long
End point: 50.8645 lat, -0.5128 long

At this three-way fingerpost, turn left to continue to follow the concrete track which, on the corner itself, becomes tarmac for a stretch.

Continue for 260 metres to a point where the concrete track turns left. On your right you will see a galvanised five bar gate with a stile to the left of it. The gate will most likely be open. Either go through the gate or over the stile and into a field. After a few paces, as the field edge turns left by a water trough, turn left to follow the edge of the field.

Continue ahead, staying close to the left of the field with the hedge on your left. At the end of the field (after 350 metres) you will reach a stile with a dog gate. Pass over the stile and cross a track, then immediately climb a small bank ahead up to a similar stile and dog gate. Pass over this stile and walk directly ahead for 25 metres or so to reach a four-way bridleway fingerpost.

Crossways to Tracks
Crossways to Tracks

Start point: 50.8645 lat, -0.5128 long
End point: 50.8648 lat, -0.5039 long

At the bridleway crossroads, turn left and continue (with the track which you previously crossed running parallel on your left, a short distance away). Follow this path across open downland for some 1.3km to pass through a (most likely) open galvanised gateway with a bridleway waymarker on the left. Continue for another 900 metres, now on a dirt track with a fence on both sides. Finally, exit into a crossroads of tracks with a three-way bridleway fingerpost on your left.

Tracks to Seat
Tracks to Seat

Start point: 50.8648 lat, -0.5039 long
End point: 50.8812 lat, -0.4935 long

Throughout this section of the walk there are views across to Arundel and beyond to the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

Straight ahead is a short, wide concrete strip with a wide galvanised gate (with a fingerpost to the right of it). Walk ahead down the strip to reach the galvanised gate. Follow the yellow footpath fingerpost by walking through the gap to the left of the gate, bearing left to follow the path as it stays close to a hedge on the left, with a newly planted hedge separating you from a field on the right. The path curves quite tightly to the left.

Stay on the path as it straightens out and continues for just over 1km. (Ignore the fingerpost on your left en-route which points off to the right). At the end of this section, as the track that you are on bends sharply to the left, your route continues straight ahead on a grass track. However, before leaving this track you might like to follow it for a short distance to visit the bench seat that sits waiting for you by a stand of trees ahead.

Seat to End
Seat to End

Start point: 50.8812 lat, -0.4935 long
End point: 50.8741 lat, -0.5019 long

From the seat return to the wide grass track and now turn left onto it. Walk with a neat hedge on your left and a wire fence on your right (see image). After 350 metres and at a hedge line, pass over a stile to the left of a large galvanised gate.

After some 550 metres at the end of the field, there is an opening with a three-way fingerpost and a stile on the left. Go through the opening (there is a hedge of shrubs ahead) and turn right to go gently downhill. Bear left to follow the shrubs, the village of Burpham can be seen below you. As you follow the shrubs and small trees on your left, a stile ahead will shortly come into view. Head for the stile and pass over it.

Follow the path, now with a hedge on your right and an arable field on the left. Continue for 300 metres or so. At the end of the field, with a white painted house ahead to the left, cross a final stile (with a two-way fingerpost on the right) onto a wide grass track. Walk the short distance down the track and onto a tarmac drive and shortly exit onto the road. You are adjacent to the suggested parking place where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Wepham Circular"

A lovely walk today and surprisingly very dry despite the very wet weather we have had recently.

By JulieP7000 on 07 Apr 2018

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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