South Downs Walk
Treyford & Didling from Hooksway
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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.
Other walks nearby
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Walk 2422 Butser Hill and Wether Down from Buriton - moderate - 12.5 miles/20.3 km
Walk 2232 Midhurst and Woolbeding - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 3260 Butser Hill Circular - easy/mod - 6.9 miles/11.2 km
Walk 2044 Six Harbour Villages, Chichester - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2043 Thorney Island from Emsworth - easy/mod - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1656 Thorney Island from Prinsted - easy/mod - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 2533 East Meon to Old Winchester Hill - moderate - 12.0 miles/19.5 km
Walk 2828 Dell Quay from Chichester Marina - easy - 3.8 miles/6.2 km
Walk 1425 Midhurst Way - Petworth to Midhurst - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The South Downs Way
Guidebook to walking the South Downs Way National Trail, a 100 mile (160km) route between Winchester and Eastbourne through the South Downs National Park, described in both directions over 12 stages. Easy walking on ancient and historical tracks, taking in wooded areas, delightful river valleys and pretty villages. With 1:25K OS map booklet.
Walks in the South Downs National Park
Guidebook with 40 circular walks throughout the South Downs National Park, exploring the beautiful chalk hills between Eastbourne and Winchester. The walks range from under 5 miles to 11 miles, including Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, Ditchling Beacon and hundreds of prehistoric sites. Accessible all year, but wild flowers best in spring.
Map and Compass
An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.