Tillington - Lodsworth - Upperton

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This walk starts in the pretty West Sussex village of Tillington, with its unusual church spire and excellent pub. The terrain round here is typical of the rolling Sussex Hills, with a good length of the walk being in traditional, broad-leaved woodland. We walk firstly along one side of the Rother Valley, with excellent views over to the South Downs. After reaching the Georgian Pitshill House Estate, we cross to the woodland overlooking the valley on the opposite side of the hill and soon reach the old village of Lodsworth.

Here, you can picnic on the green, or refresh yourself at the Hollist Arms, before heading back over the valley in more woodland, to the boundary of the Petworth Estate. Dropping back through the little village of Upperton, we return to Tillington and maybe a post-walk drink at the Horseguards Inn.

There are plenty of dog-unfriendly stiles on the route and the possibility of sheep and cows.

England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland
08/06/2014 - Jill Stacey

We have just completed this lovely walk. The directions are excellent. We enjoyed our picnic on a seat near point 18. Pitshill House now looks splendid after its restoration work. The church at Lodsworth is well worth a visit, not only for the grave of EH Shepherd but also for their Millenium Tapestry.

13/12/2011 - Sue Whitaker

Very interesting and enjoyable walk passing Pitshill House (currently undergoing extensive restoration and shrouded in tarpaulin) and through a vineyard. We started in the middle of this walk at Lodsworth so we could visit the excellent Lodsworth Larder community village store (lots of local produce) adjacent to the pub with shared car park. Also diverted to see the grave of EH Shepherd, former Lodsworth resident, in churchyard.

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29.2 Miles