Northchapel and the Sussex Border Path - Circular
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Northchapel lies on the A283 between Haslemere and Petworth. Heading south to visit Petworth House or the South Downs, you may well have passed through it without stopping. It lies in the Sussex Downs AONB, close to Blackdown, which at 918 feet is the highest point in West Sussex and second only in South East England to Leith Hill at 968 feet.
All of this walk takes place within the boundaries of the proposed South Downs National Park, England's tenth and latest National Park, established on 1 April 2010.
The route leaves Northchapel and heads north-east through fields and through Frith Wood. Frith is an Old English word often translated as 'peace'. Interestingly and perhaps not coincidentally, Richard Adams chose Frith as the name of the Lord and Creator in Watership Down! You will see many rabbits on this walk.
You pass through parts of the former Shillinglee Estate (see Additional Information) and enjoy a particularly fine view of the lake on the return leg. You will see some very attractive apartments created from the former house and farm buildings.
At your furthest point from Northchapel, the route takes in a stretch of the Sussex Border Path. West Sussex County Council describes the path as a linear walk of 150 miles, a 'beautiful and surprisingly remote route following the inland borders of Sussex with constantly changing views... not always way-marked and therefore adventurous and challenging'. Our stretch is well-waymarked and we will leave you to experience other bits on other days; there are five other Walkingworld walks along parts of the Path for starters!
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