|Six Walks About Walberton|
This walk is approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres). Allow 2 to 2 and a half hours. It has one short hill near the start but is otherwise flat. It can get muddy in places after prolonged wet weather.
. . . .Turn right down Binsted Lane for about 1/2 mile to the first cottages on the right, Oakley Cottages. Just past these cottages a path goes off to the right over a stile. Follow this path which bears to the left alongside the hedge to two stiles and past a ruined barn. Follow the path over the stiles to meet up with a road from the left. Continue along this road bearing slightly left past Marsh Farm and ignore the lane/path which goes to the left. Go straight on through an iron gate where a ditch runs along the right side of the path and continue to a concrete bridge which crosses this ditch. Use this and immediately go over the stile to the left and proceed, now with the ditch on the left, to a wooden footbridge across an east-west ditch. The path then bears half right across a field to a railway crossing (2). The meadow around the lake has been sown with wild flowers which are a glorious sight in summer.
. . . .Cross the railway and zig-zag past the Long Barn to Ford Lane. Then zig-zag again, right then left at the finger post, across Ford Lane. After about 200 yards the path turns sharp right (3). On clear days the views of the Downs from this path are notable. It then bears left across the field and comes to an alley leading to Church Lane, Yapton. The church is a short distance to the left (4).
. . . .Yapton church has Norman origins. In Victorian times it was not touched so that the changes and additions through the centuries make it very interesting. It even has 2 dormer windows!
. . . .Go westwards down Church Lane to North End Road. Turn right here and go along the footpath to the cross roads then turn left into Maypole Lane. This lane turns right to go past the Maypole public house and then bears left to a level crossing. Cross the railway again and turn left along Lake Lane.
. . . .After about 1/4 mile a path will be seen to the right alongside the fence at the entrance to a small trading estate. Follow this round to the left to a farm track which leads north by the side of the field. Some 100 yards on this track turns right and then left to run along the back of a nursery. Continue to a T junction with another path (5) and turn left along the south side of a ditch to a gap between two small copses. Follow the path through the gap and turn right alongside, in turn, a ditch, wire fence, and hedge to a wooden kissing gate. Pass through and bear right to an iron kissing gate into Walberton churchyard. (For notes on Walberton church see walk 1.) Follow the churchyard path past the church and through the lychgate to Church Lane and across The Street to the Village Hall car park.