MIDHURST WEST SUSSEX
Midhurst West St: A Very Special Place
Country Life Magazine in 2004 voted Midhurst in West Sussex the most desirable place to live in Southern England.
Consequently it is not surprising the town and its out-lying villages are a magnet to those individuals seeking the gentler pace of the countryside without losing the bustle and amenities of the city. The above picture shows The Italian Market which comes to Midhurst once a year.
Midhurst's central position - now the HQ of the South Downs National Park - makes it very easy to reach from anywhere in the South of England. Chichester is only 25 minutes drive away south and Petworth, Petersfield and Haslemere are even closer-by.
Click here for a West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire Schematic Map
Violet Designs, GU29 9JH chose Midhurst for its central location and is now located at 1/2 West Street - formerly 2 Petersfield Rd - overlooking the mini-roundabout at the southern end of the town, The Grange Car Park is just 5 minutes easy walk away. Click here for a large Town Map showing the location of Violet Designs
For a small town Midhurst is unique in having two International Hotels, The Spread Eagle and the Angel and these provide two prominent landmarks in the townscape. However, it is the enduring charm of West Street and the adjoining Square which draws visitors to the town into its winding and secret places; and ultimately to South Pond and its host of wildlife.
If you are planning a day trip to Midhurst here are some suggestions on how you might spend your time. Both North St and West St are undergoing a renaissance following some shop closures in the recent recession. During the spring and summer of 2010 many properties in and around West Street had a make-over and several new shops have opened:, Black Sheep (woollens), Truffle( ladies shoe boutique) and The Real Flower Company ( floral bouquets and wedding flowers (01730 344995). There is also Marmadukes in Rumbold's Hill (vintage clothing & collectables) and the The Exclusive Cake Shop and Vintage Tearooms in Rumbold's Hill - yes, the girls here are dressed in vintage gear -- 01730 814687. Add this to Revamps Vintage Chic in North St and you've a Vintage Clothing Midhurst. theme. to explore. New vintage shop Arnage - The Home of Vintage - now open . Phone No 01730 812100. Location : GU29 9NQ
After you've explored West St and Red Lion St Comestibles Deli and Café and the film set for Foyle's War in 2006 and 2009) find your way to St Ann's Hill through the old town - see map - and enjoy the meadow adjoining the ruins of the Bohun castle (sometimes called Midhurst Castle) - a nice place for a Comestibles picnic. Then take the right hand path down the gentle slope to the River Rother and follow the riverside path along to Cowdray Castle. This path is fine for pedestrians and mountain bikes and shortly, after a revetment has been made, suitable for buggy pushchairs.
A relaxing walk to the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe - know locally as the Food Emporium - takes a further 10-12 minutes over an un-metalled track with views over the polo fields. You can return the same way to Cowdray Castle and then walk up The Castle Causeway to North St view the many shops before finding your way back to West St and the old town. The complete circular route including The Cowdray Farm Shop takes circa 40 minutes if i'ts just a walk you want but alot longer if you tarry shopping, talking, taking photos or going round the Castle. Then you need the full day.
A new permissive path from Midhurst to Woolbeding along the River Rother is now open. This goes through Woolbeding Parkland which is Open Access. National Trust. Woolbeding Gardens and the Parkland are glorious. A free NT Car Park is at the junction of Woolbeding Lane and the A272, but you've 0.75 mile walk to the gardens. There is NO on-site parking. Picture: Woolbeding House. Open Access Map click here. Pictures of Midhurst River Walk Page 1, Page 2, Page 3. Page 4. The River Rother. Woolbeding Gardens FAQ's - What You Need to Know to Get In!
For dog walker s - refer to . Glorious Walks for Families with Dogs.- hikers, horse riders and MTB folk Midhurst should be a 'must' place to visit. If you need suitable outdoor clothing STOCKLEY'S TRADING in North St and FRASERS MENSWEAR have between them everything you need.
A new innovation is the arrival of POSH PEDALERS at Cowdray Park, a cycle-hire company with a range of different bikes, including elelctric ones. You may park your car in the FREE carpark (100 spaces) opposite the Priory in Easebourne, just 0.75 mile out on the Petworth Road and cycle round the area with a satmap to guide you. This is a wonderful way of seeing Midhurst, the surrounding villages and the 15,500 Cowdray Estate and Park.
But, if you're planning a holiday here please go to MIDHURST PAGES for full details on B&B's, local walks, hotels, ideas for recreation and a guide to the places to visit in a 10 mile radius.
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