Harting - Hooksway
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This beautiful circular walk starts from the Harting Downs public car park. Almost immediately you are greeted with far-reaching views of the rolling South Downs as you walk the crest of the Harting Downs along the South Downs Way.
There is a fairly gentle climb along the flank of Beacon Hill, with a chance to see some deer as the route becomes quieter and with wooded areas. Dropping down through woodland into the tiny, remote hamlet of Hooksway you will find the Royal Oak – a fantastic pub selling a wide range of real ales and good food. They have roaring open fires in the winter and provide a friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcome but children are not. However they do have a large garden.
The return half of the walk again has some lovely views but with more varied countryside, through woodland, fields and a quiet driveway to Telegraph House which is lined with beautiful copper-beech trees. Those of you with dogs may find it useful to know that my dog, a slim, fit Labrador who cannot jump, managed the few stiles with ease.
Please note that there is now a £2 charge for the car park (January 2007).
England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs
Birds, Butterflies, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
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