Chalton

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Huckswood © John Winfield
St Hubert's Chapel © Dave Jacobs
St Michael, Chalton © Basher Eyre

The walk starts through Chalton churchyard and continues with a steady climb up onto the summit of Chalton Down, with superb views. A quick descent brings us to the tiny isolated church at Idsworth. Just past the church it is possible to link up with the walk from the Victoria Inn in West Marden. After a level section along the valley, there is one more short, sharp climb over the hill and down into Chalton.

Cross the green in front of the pub and walk through the churchyard, where a notice exhorts you to shut the gate as a sheep is at work. Skirt to the left of the solid 13th-century church and cross a meadow behind it to a stile. A signpost gives you a choice of three footpaths, fanning out across an arable field which covers the whole of Chalton Down. Choose the one on the right, which climbs steadily, marked out by tractor wheels.

On the summit of Chalton Down, pass to the left of a tumulus, which has been preserved from the plough, and continue in the same direction, gradually converging on a fence to your left and passing about 20 yards to the right of an electricity pylon, to find the next stile.

Beyond this stile, keep a fence on your right to follow a path which skirts to the left of a battered copse. Follow the footpath straight on to the edge of the field and drop down onto the left fork of the footpath just beyond the tree line (down the hill).

At the T-junction at the bottom of the hill turn left towards the farm buildings until you reach the railway crossing. Cross the railway and a road and continue directly ahead across a sleeper causeway and along a broad, green strip to reach a tiny church all on its own in the middle of a field.

This is St Hubert's Chapel, built by Earl Godwin, the father of King Harold, in the year 1053. The north wall of the chancel is decorated with some wall paintings, dating from about 1300.

The path skirts to the left of the church enclosure to a stile. Beyond this stile, the path to the right provides a short link with the walk from Victoria Inn at West Marden. This walk continues to the left, round the left-hand edge of a field to another stile, providing access to a lane.

Follow the headland path, opposite, along the left-hand edge of two fields, ignoring a signed path to the left. After 2/3 mile, a stile brings you out onto a roughly metalled track.

Turn left, and, at a junction with a lane, turn right along a 'No Through Road'. At Woodcroft Farm, turn left to cross a footbridge over the railway and walk out to a lane. Turn left for just a few yards before going right beside a garden. Beyond a stile, the path climbs obliquely up a steep, grassy slope. At the top, go ahead over two stiles and across a field to join a lane.

Turn right and walk down into Chalton. At a road junction, turn left for a few yards, back to the Red Lion.

Location

The trail starts at the Red Lion pub in Chalton. The village is signposted from the A3 Portsmouth to London road, about 1 mile north of Horndean and 4 miles south of Petersfield. Follow Chalton Lane for about a mile eastwards from the A3. There is a car park beside the pub.

Comments

Rob Stanley, Walk and Cycle
Mon 20 Feb 2012, 10:31

Hi Sally, thank you very much for the corrections. I've updated the description on this trail page and also the instructions and map on the leaflet. Hope you didn't spend too much time working out the correct route to follow and thank you very much for letting us know, it's really appreciated. Rob

Sally
Mon 20 Feb 2012, 09:37

We did this walk yesterday and it was wonderful, the instructions were very easy to follow. However, the footpath has been diverted around the farmyard (as per the previous comment regarding the map) so the third and fourth paragraphs of the instructions are no longer correct. Instead of turning left along a crossing bridleway you now follow the footpath straight on to the edge of the field and drop down onto the left fork of the footpath just beyond the tree line (down the hill). At the T-junction at the bottom of the hill turn left towards the farm buildings until you reach the railway crossing. The rest of the instructions are the same and the map seems to be correct. We are looking forward to following some more of the trails off your website, thanks very much.

Rob Stanley, Walk and Cycle
Mon 24 Oct 2011, 08:27

Hi Andrew, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk, it is a lovely area of the South Downs. Thanks very much for the correction, I've made the change to the Google map. It's really helpful to receive feedback like this.

Andrew Fisk
Sun 23 Oct 2011, 12:33

I agree it is a splendid walk.Unfortunately the second route that is show as a satellite picture is wrong and different to the ordnance survey. The correct route goes down the north side of the avenue of trees towards the railway,and not through the farm-yard.

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