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


Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland
2/13/2022 - Patricia Daw

We completed this walk in January but parked in Petworth House. (really worth a visit, some very knowledgeable room guides know their stuff and bring the paintings to life). We walked through the park to the pub at Tillington and had a very nice lunch there. We set off at 1pm but after stopping to admire the tapestry in the church, a well and a vineyard, at 2.45 we had to really up our pace(and we're not slow walkers) to get back to our car for 4pm when the car park shut. It was hard in places as it was uphill and quite wet but we trekked through the parkland and were the third from last to leave at 4.10pm.

5/23/2015 - Jonathan Kershaw

Completed the walk on the 16th May and really enjoyed it. Some spectacular views and very typical charming Sussex villages. We were also very fortunate that the Blue Bells were out and walking through the woods with a carpet of blue in the sunshine made for a perfect day.

6/8/2014 - 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.

12/13/2011 - 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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