Singleton - Levin Down Nature Reserve

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Sheep have grazed for centuries on Levin Down. Their influence is seen in the 17th century name 'Leaven Doune' meaning 'Leave Alone Hill' - in other words not planted with crops. As neighbouring land became cultivated it became an important refuge for wildlife. It is a site of Special Scientific Interest and supports a great variety of birds, butterflies and plants. The walk takes you up onto the Down with glorious views of Singleton village, Goodwood racecourse and the surrounding downs. Descending into woodland the route then takes you along one quiet country lane where you would be unlucky to see a car. Then tranquil tracks, lined with a wealth of wild flowers in the summer months, take you back on top of the down with a glorious descent through the Nature Reserve to the village of Charlton. There is a flat return to Singleton through fields with a superb vista of Levin Down to enjoy. Of course all of the countryside has its muddy sections, but this walk is surprisingly good underfoot, even during the really wet times of the year. You will find a warm reception back at the Partridge Inn where both kids and dogs are welcome. See ‘additional information’ for more information about the pub and also details of the alternative start point. Those of you with dogs may find it useful to know that my dog, a slim, fit Labrador who cannot jump had difficulty with just one of the stiles, but I have included a way around this.

England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs

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Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
03/07/2010 - Chris Pluthero

A really cracking little walk which is very varied for its length. Ideal for a gentle afternoon. Great views across the downs and the Partridge Inn is recommended as well.

10/09/2009 - Sherridan Thomas

Lovely walk - well waymarked. Just one comment - the finger post at waymark 6 had been pulled down and since it is in the middle of a field it was difficult to locate - especially as we had to divert from the path to circumnavigate a herd of cattle. It might be easier, until it is restored, to walk along the left hand hedge of the field. This will also keep walkers away from the cattle.

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