|Six Walks About Walberton|
This walk is approximately eight and a half miles - (thirteen and a half kilometres). Allow about 3 hours. The first half of the walk can get quite muddy in places after prolonged wet weather.
. . . .Go straight across Binsted Lane and down the often muddy path by the side of the Old Rectory wall. Where the hedges end another path crosses this path. Continue straight across the field and through Spinning Wheel Copse (In the spring there is usually a brilliant show of bluebells to the north in Spinning Wheel copse.) . The path goes to the left and then bears right round the edge of the next field to enter Binsted Woods. It next goes downhill to a wooden bridge across a ditch. A few yards further on Binsted Lane East is crossed. Veering slightly to the left the path crosses into Tortington Common, a woodland area which usually has muddy patches, and continues to a newer wooden bridge over the next stream. It then rises through a Scots Pine plantation to cross Tortington Lane (2).
. . . .Here the path actually goes through the paddock opposite but it is normally a lot more pleasant to turn left up the lane to the end of the paddock then double back to the right down another path back to the first path where it crosses the next lane. Cross to and over the stile opposite the paddock and through these woods to another stile leading onto Dalloway Road, Arundel. Turn half right down Dalloway Road which then bears left and continues straight down Torton Hill Road (note the fine view of the Castle) to the grass area to the south of the roundabout where Ford Road meets the A27. Cross this grass and Ford Road to the path which leads down by the side of the bridge over the River Arun (3). Bear left under the bridge to a path between new houses which leads to the bend in Tarrant Street, Arundel.
. . . .To see more of Arundel bear right along Tarrant Street to the High Street. For the Information Centre turn left up the High Street. Return up Tarrant Street to the bend when sated.
. . . .To return to Walberton by a different route turn left along Tarrant Street towards the north side of the A27 roundabout. Cross Maltravers Street and the A284 road to London and turn into the tarmac lane going between the twin lodges on the North Side of the A27 to Chichester. Go up this lane for about half a mile (note the view of the Cathedral to the right) to just past past the Trout Farm entrance and then follow the path going up the hill to the left.
. . . .At the top of the hill bear right along a farm track ignoring the path which goes downhill to the right. Go as far as a "Private" sign where the path turns left through a farm gate, then follow the bridleway half right across a field to another iron gate. Continue along this bridleway. When Long Lane, the drive to Rewell Houseand and a signposted footpath, comes in from the left (4) continue for about a quarter of a mile to the edge of a copse. Here the path leaves Long Lane and goes off right around the grounds of Rewell House and past a gate into Rewell Woods. The path then follows a logging track with Sweet Chestnut coppice on the left and Corsican Pine plantation on the right to a crossing of tracks. Continue straight on for about half a mile between, now, coppiced woods to the right and a plantation to the left. Where the logging track turns sharp left and the bridleway goes straight on through a narrow wood take the path that goes half left into the woodland. In the summer foxgloves often provide a brilliant display here.
. . . .Follow this track for about two thirds of a mile to the 'Clapham Junction' of Rewell Woods where a number of tracks meet (5). Take the one that goes slightly left between two large Beech trees and has a Corsican Pine plantation on the left and a Sweet Chestnut coppice on the right. It later follows a ridge between an old quarry and a valley. This is crossed by a logging track and then has a somewhat vandalised wooden post and rail fence on the left. The path follows the fence down a steepish bank and turns sharp left to where the tar macadam of an earlier A27 comes in from the right (6). Double back down this and cross a steel motor cycle barrier to get to the side of the new A27. Taking good care cross straight over the A27.
. . . .Go through the gate into Hundred House Copse and turn left by the side of a wooden fence bounding the road to another wide gate where the path turns right. Follow the path, avoiding the archery practice land, and cross a field to Binsted Lane West. Bear right down Binsted Lane for some 100 yds to a stile on the right. Go down this path with a garden hedge/fence on the left to Hedgers Hill.
. . . .Turn right along the road which curves to the left and goes uphill past Beam Ends tea room to Yapton Lane. Bear left along Yapton Lane past the entrance to the Stakis Hotel Golf Course and go down Avisford Park Road which goes off to the right. Avisford Park Road and the ensuing footpath will bring you back to the Village Hall car park.