Walk 1872 - printer friendly version
Charlton, Singleton & Goodwood Circular Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SU889130
Lat 50.9096330 + Long -0.7369114
Postcode PO18 0HX (approx. location only)
This walk in the South Downs National Park starts from the village of Charlton. The route includes Levin Down, the village of Singleton, views along the Lavant Valley, Goodwood Racecourse and views as far afield as Chichester Cathedral. The undulating walk follows waymarked bridleways, paths, and lanes. It is worth noting that you should avoid race days when completing this walk.
The walk starts in the village of Charlton where limited on-street parking is available near the Fox Goes Free pub (grid ref. SU889130). After parking and with the pub behind you turn left (west) along Charlton Road. Take the first road on the right (North Lane). Continue north amidst rolling downs along the tarmac lane. Pass Ware Barn on your right Pass a track, also on your right, and continue to the next junction (grid ref.SU890142) where you turn left onto a track through trees. Exiting the trees, your reach an open area with several fingerposts (grid ref. SU889145).
Turn left onto bridleway signed to Singleton to cross the western flank of Levin Down. The clear path heads south-west across the down before crossing a field to reach Charlton Road in Singleton (grid ref. SU879132). Bear right and follow Charlton Road through the village. Where the road forks, bear left and then take the second turn on the left (opposite the Partridge Inn) and continue to the Blessed Virgin Mary church (grid ref. SU878130). Bear left in front a wall and turn right by the fingerpost to locate the onward path (signed to The Trundle).
The onward path skirts Manor Farm on your right and climbs steadily to join a lane through a wooden gate. Bear right along the lane with a wide grass verge on the left. Continue climbing to road junction. Continue ahead past a car park (grid ref. SU879114) on your right (could be used as an alternative start). Just before the next junction bear right, cross the road, and climb the steps and a path to the summit of The Trundle (grid ref. SU877110).
From the summit turn east along the Monarch's Way and descend to a road opposite the entrance to Goodwood Racecourse. Turn right and continue to the next junction and turn left (signed to East Dean. Follow this road for about a kilometre to where the road swings right (grid ref. SU897114). Turn sharp left onto a track (with fingerpost) and follow the 'Chalk Road' back to Charlton.