THE MIDHURST WAY
Directions from Arundel to Midhurst
DIRECTIONS - START POINT ARUNDEL STATION
WARNING. This route is for experienced walkers only. You need to be fit, resourceful, able to read a map well and adaptable. It's not a mindless trudge. You need to keep your wits about you and allow plenty of time in hand for route stops and exigencies - Editor.
Summer Walks. Contact Keith McKenna of FOOTPRINTS OF SUSSEX for organised walks along the Midhurst Way. 01903 813381. www.footprintsofsussex.co.uk
Walk through the mini industrial estate half a mile down - a media company and others - and continue up the track to a gate. From here take the footpath up the slope to the right for half a mile until you hit a rough stone track going north-west to south east.
Click here for the Sherwood Rough Map which details the next section.
Turn left onto this flint track - see picture below entitled Rough - which runs along the contour, drops down into a valley and up a stiff slope the other side to a footpath sign indicating half left into the forest - the metalled track goes on. Shortly, the path becomes narrow and in places obstructed with broken yew tree branches. Keep going through the yew trees, most of which are on your left or westward side - the path is difficult to see here - and follow it down hill to where you hit a track with a single post right of way sign.(The SDJC who maintain paths until 31st March 2011 have cleared the obstructions and installed another waymark in the yew tree section 12/1)
It now becomes a stiff uphill walk until you hit a track with a signpost showing the path to be ahead (not down the track). Shortly after this you hit the crest. Go straight ahead and follow the path down the scarp to the earth and plank stairway.
Cross the main A29 road and follow the track to The Denture.
Turn off right at Barhale Wood and follow path to West Burton Hill.
Thence through the wood and, finally, downhill to West Burton .
Turn left at the junction of the track and the lane where there are several cottages and a stream.
Footpath to Bignor. You may need to walk round standing corn as the path has not been left by the farmer. There is a way round the last field on its southern edge.
Continue left on the lane at Bignor – the Roman Villa with its vineyard is in front of you across the lane.
Bear right down the lane past Jay’s Farm and after a few hundred yards where you see a footpath sign to the left just in front of a cottage take the path down this valley past Bignor Mills and across the fields to Sutton.
When you hit the lane at Sutton the White Horse pub is immediately ahead. Turn left through the pub car park and follow the footpath through the gardens of private houses, across the fields, and down the slope to a small wooded stream.
Bear right up the meadow, across a style in a large hedge, turn sharp left along the track to Barlavington Farm.
Turn left just before the farmyard and follow the path through the churchyard to the farm drive, continue down this a short way and follow the right of way sign west past an old yew tree, down the hill to the stream, across the lane, up the next hill – a field – to where it joins the lane again with views to Burton Park to the right (north-east).
Continue around the big field with wood on your left, downhill past the pond and through the park to Burton Park Farm and thence to the next lane.
Cross the road and go through the wood to Heath End.
Turn right on to the busy main road – Petworth to Chichester – and follow the pavement (sidewalk) until you hit the old railway bridge. You get a good view eastwards to the Old Railway Station B&B with its Pullman carriages.(For another picture of a B&B & restaurant, Badgers, located close to the Old Railway Station click here)
Turn left immediately after the old bridge and follow the lane - a bridleway - to Rotherbridge, and cross the River Rother by the new bridleway bridge. Thence via a sunken track, Hunger Lane, through the sandstone bluff to the intersection with the next lane. Turn left to Sokenholes, Coxland Cottages and Tillington. Click here for pictures (1) Rotherbridge (2) Rotherbridge Farm (3) entrance to Hunger Lane - The Old Turnpike and (4) lane north of Sokenholes and (5) view west to Tillington's reservoir
Cross the main road – Midhurst to Petworth – into Tillington and turn sharp left after 50 yards up a rise into the village, following the lane to a churchyard entrance on the left after about 100 yards. (See picture left).
Follow the path though the churchyard, turning sharp right at the avenue of trees, pass through the gate - see picture - cross the lane, and go up steps into a field.
Continue across this field into the vineyard, across a deep, hidden old lane to Upperton Farm and thence up into more vineyards owned by Nyetimber.
Cross New Road and follow the lane opposite – going north-west - to River via Dene Dip.
Take the footpath left after the right hand bend down a tunnel of shrubs and trees to Eel Bridge over the River Lod. Cross Lodsworth Common (not marked) to St Peter’s Well, taking Vicarage Lane – to the right of the big house - up into the village.
Turn right into The Street, after 100 yards turn left past the Hollist Arms in the direction of the Village Hall. Adjoining The Hollist Arms is the Lodsworth Larder, the village shop, crafted from local forest timber and stocked with local produce and run by volunteers.
Continue down the lane to a sharp left hand bend at Heath End Farm, take the footpath ahead down the edge of the wood – Heathend Copse – round the field edge, across a broken style and into Cowdray Park, with views in every direction, through the Jubilee Avenue of 60 recently planted lime-trees celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee thence downhill to Steward’s Pond.
The 1000 year old Queen Elizabeth Oak is to the right of the pond, surrounded by other ancient trees covering the hillside. (see picture below)
Continue past Steward's Pond on its southern edge, to the fence 50 yards ahead, pass through the swing gate, into a broad grassy way, bearing right, continue through the trees up the slope to where it breaks out on the fairway of Cowdray Golf Course.
Cross over the golf course and down into another sunken pathway, finally crossing fields to The Race, an avenue of ancient chestnut trees.
Turn left before The Race and follow the field margin to the main road at Easebourne – Midhurst to Petworth Road ; or follow The Race itself which is rougher going.
Cross the main road and continue on a broad track, at first metalled, through Cowdray Park – the Cowdray Farm Shop & Café (Food Emporium) is on your right – to Cowdray Castle. Turn right through the gates over the River Rother and follow the Causeway to North Street Car Park, your finishing point.
The South Downs National Park Authority new HQ, Capron House, is across the road (North Street) opposite the Bus Station
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