East Dean - Goodwood Country Park

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The walk starts from the tranquil country village of East Dean with it's lovely country pub, The Star and Garter. Here you can expect excellent food and beers, along with a warm welcome. Starting with a climb along the down with excellent views, the walk then takes you through woodland to the edge of the Goodwood Country Park. Passing through here you are then met with far reaching views of the coastal plain towards Bognor as well as views towards the Halnaker Windmill. There is then a delightful track through the Open Winkins forest where you may well see some deer. When I walked through here it was far too hot for deer but I was well rewarded with a host of different species of butterflies amongst the wild flowers along the track edge. Emerging from the woodland onto the down you are met with lovely views of East Dean as you descend back to the village. Here you will find a delightful 13th century church and The Star and Garter. All are welcome here including kids and dogs, although dogs are not allowed in the restaurant area.

Those of you with dogs may find it useful to know that my Labrador, who is slim, fit and cannot jump, managed all the stiles easily.

England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
27/04/2012 - Timothy Herring

A very nice walk, nothing too strenuous and easily followed. Lovely show of bluebells in the woodland at this time of year. We sat outside the Star & Garter in East Dean for a pint and ciabatta. Staff friendly, though inside is fairly contemporary so not sure about muddy boots and dogs! Thank you Sylvia.

12/07/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Sylvia Saunders for her updates for this walk. July 2011. Adrian (Admin)

03/02/2011 - Sally Struthers

We tried to do this walk on 02/02/11. It started off ok but when we got to 6 our path was blocked. We tried all the different paths and tracks we could see but could not find a way which was not closed to get to 7. There is extensive forestry work going on and all the paths were closed. In the end we walked from 5 along and up the footpath by the road, then across and down to 13 from which we finished the walk. We could see that this could be a lovely walk and plan to try again but not for a while.

09/04/2009 - Addie Bambridge

4/4/09 - Addie & Co. We did this walk for the second time. We really enjoyed and could tell that in a couple of weeks or so the woods will be covered in bluebells. A few notes: the metal gate at waymark 10 is now on the floor; there has been a great deal of forestry at waymark 11, so that the left corner is n ow bare of trees and there are piles of logs; at waymark 13 there is a short bridleway post but no footpath post, and there are no fingerposts along these paths at all. We had to look very carefully (at this time of year) for the crosspaths and fork. Lastly, when you get to the field at waymark 14 there is a stile which wasn't mentioned so it confused us a bit (mind you, that's not hard!); just ignore it.

21/05/2006 - Ian and Sarah Jane Lloyd

We enjoyed this walk yesterday morning after some heavy overnight rain and found that the conditions underfoot were very good. The only muddy section was between points 10 & 11 and the worst of the mud was easily avoidable. We saw deer, as Sylvia suggested we might, and lots of wildflowers including Bluebells, Orchids, and Cowslips. A lovely mixed walk with far reaching views.

16/01/2006 - Ian and Sarah Jane Lloyd

A lovely walk with stunning views and excellent clear instructions. We were lucky enough to see some magnificant antlered deer on this walk.

11/01/2006 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated January 2006.

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