South Downs Walk
Treyford & Didling from Hooksway
Walk Route Description
This West Sussex walk enjoys contrasting scenery within the South Downs National Park from woodland to rolling downs with expansive views. The route starts from Hooksway (grid ref. SU815162) a short distance from the B2141 between Chichester and Petersfield. Parking is limited and only available at the Royal Oak on the basis that you make use of the refreshment facilities provided.
After parking take the track heading north along the eastern boundary of Germanleith Copse for about a kilometre to reach a wider track coming in from your left (grid ref. SU815172). Continue ahead and when the track splits take the right hand fork and continue through Buriton Farm. At the next junction (less than 200 metres past the farm) turn left and continue along the track for a further 300 metres to where the track bends to the left (grid ref. SU818180). Leave the track and turn right following a bridleway into woodland. The route descends through the wood to reach open fields and a T-junction (grid ref. SU819186). Turn right and walk for 400 metres to another T-junction. Turn left and walk through Manor Far, to reach a tarmac lane. Turn left along the lane and when the lane bends to the right, turn left along a narrow tarmac access road.
At the end of this access road (grid ref. SU825187) take the signed footpath on your right that leads across a number of fields to the road at Didling (grid ref. SU837185). Turn right along the road and keep ahead at the first road junction. Stay on the lane to a right hand bend. If you wish to visit the "Shepherd's Church" take the track straight ahead, if not continue to follow the lane and take the signed bridleway/track on your left (grid ref. SU834182). This climbs gradually up through woodland to reach a junction with the South Downs Way on Didling Hill (grid ref. SU837174), Turn right along the South Downs Way and enjoy the wonderful views north.
The South Downs Way soon enters woodland as its skirts the eastern flank of Treyford Hill. A brief section of open downs is followed by more woodland. Reaching a clear junction of tracks (grid ref. SU824169) the South Downs Way turns sharp right. Your onward route continues straight ahead and all that remains is pleasant kilometre of walking back to the start.
Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Travel restrictions for exercise in Wales and Scotland will be lifted in early July.
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Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking in Sussex
Walking in Sussex describes 40 circular walks that show the great variety of scenery and history in Sussex. Short walks and more demanding routes, including outline descriptions of some of the region's long-distance paths. Covers the South Downs, High Weald and Ashdown Forest.