Chilgrove - East Marden - Hooksway - Chilgrove

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A lovely circular walk starting from what was the White Horse at Chilgrove. The route starts with climbing gently along a delightful track through yew trees. You then walk along the crest of the down with magnificent wrap around views of the coast and the South Downs. Passing by the tranquil village of East Marden with its Norman church, you then drop down to the isolated hamlet of Hooksway, where you will find the Royal Oak, an excellent country pub that welcomes walkers and serves good food and excellent beers.

Then you walk through Phillis Wood where you will see only young trees. This is because the area was flattened during the 1987 storm, but nature has made it beautiful once more. The route is varied, with a mixture of tracks, field-paths, woodland and open downland, with a quiet country lane leading you back to Chilgrove.

England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Public Transport, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
23/05/2019 - andy hasted

Another good one from Sylvia.

18/11/2018 - Ann Ellis

The pub at Chilgrove is open and has been for some time, so the comments relating to its opening in Nov 2008 are very much outdated. The pub is modern, has rooms and a number of electric charging points outside the pub. One slight navigational comment at Point 7, having walked along the narrow enclosed path go straight to directions at Point 8 where you cross the stile and turn right. Ie the comments relating to a concrete wall and a metal gate and a field are unnecessary and confusing as the layout of the farm has changed to accommodate a camp site so these features do not now exist. Other updates on the route include, at Pt 11 the reference to a derelict building is wrong, this area is now just scrubby woodland with no sign of a building. Also at Pt 18, the reference to young trees following the decimation of the 1987 storm is also unnecessary, the storm was over 30 years ago now and the trees are not young!

16/03/2009 - Addie Bambridge

14/3/09 - Addie Bambridge & Friends We loved this walk; lots of variety. Some of the hills were a bit taxing but worth it for the views (and the exercise!). The Royal Oak serves excellent coffee and they even had Orangina, my favourite soft drink. To update, there's a new fingerpost at Waymark 19, on the right instead of the left. Regards, Addie & Co.

06/01/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated January 2009.

15/08/2005 - Ian and Sarah Jane Lloyd

6th August 2005. Sylvia's directions, as always, are excellent for this walk and we thoroughly enjoyed it. There are some good views along the way and we benefited from the workout we got climbing all the stiles (some of which were quite a challenge even for relatively fit forty somethings!) Sarah & Ian Lloyd

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