Woods Mill - Small Dole - Tottington - Edburton Circular

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The walk starts in the car park of the Woods Mill Nature Reserve (near Smal Dole) which is part of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. At the time of writing, visitors could park in the Woods Mill car park for free. There are toilets and facilities for children in the nature reserve, including a dipping pond and information about the birds, flora and fauna which can be seen in the reserve and around. Many species of birds are common, including nightingales in May and buzzards and sparrowhawks. Once out of the reserve the walk follows public footpaths through Tottington Wood, Longlands Wood and Edburton Sands. From here there are great views up to the South Downs and surrounding countryside. The walk goes past the modernised Lower Edburton Barn and around the small Oreham Manor, another place where nightingales can be heard in May, before returning to Woods Mill.

England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Play Area, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
15/06/2013 - Glyn Pearson

Just to let you know that dogs aren't allowed into Woods Mill nature reserve so after parking in the car park we returned to the entrance, turned right along Horn Lane and took the first footpath on the right and joined the walk at Waymark 3. On the way back, turned right at Waymark 13 to return to Horn lane and turn left back to the car park. The path was still very boggy at Waymark 6

02/06/2013 - lynette coates

This walk is a stunning one to do in most months of the year although I would avoid the wetter months as we did have some boggy areas even in may. The walk starts from the lovely nature reserve and meanders along quiet countryside with views towards the downs. For the avid bird watcher this is a must and yes we did hear the nightingales. No cattle to avoid however when you get to Oreham Manor we were met by 2 large vicious dogs without their owner on the public lane. Both myself and my friend were scratched by these dogs via their mouths - please be cautious and alert when you get to this point and do not linger too long to look at the small manor house as mentioned in the walk!!

16/05/2013 - Margaret Siddons

16/05/2013. Thank you Phil Robinson. Thoroughly enjoyed this walk which we did today in glorious sunshine. A great gentle ramble through mixed scenery with the South Downs as a wonderful 'backdrop'! Waymark 6 Longlands Wood extremely 'boggy' and hard going, would recommend a walking stick as mud quite deep in many places. Will certainly do this walk again!

05/05/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Phil Robinson for his updates for this walk. May 2012. Adrian (Admin)

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