The Marden Villages

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This circular walk takes you on a tour of the delightfully tranquil Marden Villages interlinked with beautiful, soft West Sussex countryside. It starts from the Victoria Inn at West Marden where you will find log fires, good food and real ales. The route takes you through woodland to Up Marden with its 13th Century church. Walking quiet trackways with far-reaching views across West Sussex and Hampshire, you arrive at the tiny Norman church at North Marden.

Taking quiet lanes and field-paths you will find East Marden with its Norman church and a thatched well at the village centre. Again with marvellous views you leave the village across the fields, climbing up through the woods and arriving back at Up Marden. There is a different return to West Marden along the downs to Telegraph Hill, again with lovely views.

Those of you with dogs may find it useful to know that my dog, a slim, fit Labrador, managed all the stiles with ease.

Please note that there is a steep climb at one point in this walk.

England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
17/05/2012 - Beverly Tabor

Did this walk on Saturday 12th May 2012, in bright sunshine with a brisk cold wind! Very enjoyable. Lots of variety - field edges, woodland, and pretty villages, with only short sections on road. Very good bird life, and saw deer and foxes.

22/08/2011 - Walking Fan

Completed this in August 2011 - delightful walk , one steep climb which can be a bit challenging but shouldn't stop you trying this walk. Blissfully quiet and away from it all. Victoria Inn at the end is a nice place to end the day - very friendly.

31/12/2010 - Pete Steele

This was my last walk of 2010. What can I say? Wonderful, beautiful, delightful. A most exhilarating walk with outstanding views. Yes, there is a very steep climb at waymark 18 through the woods but Sylvia, as always, describes this beautifully. Well worth the climb. An absolute must of a walk and perfect for my two dogs. Superb.

22/03/2009 - Addie Bambridge

21/3/09 This was our longest walk yet and it was really beautiful - we had a perfect day weatherwise and even saw a herd of deer - twice!- crossing one of the open fields. Havin said that, the hill at waymark 18 is seriously steep. Even our fittest walker, who cycles everywhere and runs regularly, found it difficult. In fact, we probably would not do this walk again because of it. Also, the distance between waymarks 20 and 21 is further than it sounds, so follow Sylvia's directions exactly and keep going until you come to the left-pointing bridleway sign, ignoring the other ones along the way. Addie Bambridge & friends.

28/10/2008 - Elizabeth Wright

Did this walk on 16 Oct. Between points 10 & 11 we encountered a wild boar facing us approx 3 to 4 metres ahead. One of our group photographed it and it was confirmed to be a wild boar when shown to a local farmer. He was not aware of any seen in the locality but he said his dogs had picked up a scent and he had seen signs of boar activity. A very enjoyable walk. Also saw a stag being chased by local dogs and lots of bird and wildlife.

04/02/2008 - Ian & Sarah Jane Lloyd

We enjoyed this wonderful walk on 26/01/2008. There are stunning views at almost every point and the walk includes a bit of everything (woodland, fields, tracks.) We were lucky enough to see some magnificent Fallow Deer in Grevitts Copse and also a total of five Buzzards during the course of the walk. The countryside around the Marden villages is very quiet and you really can get away from it all as you are unlikely to meet many people whilst you enjoy this walk.

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