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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. About 30 yards beyond the end of the wood, turn left along a crossing bridleway, which soon drops down, unfenced, between two arable fields.
At a T-junction, turn sharply back to the left, soon veering right with the track and dropping down towards a farm. Walk through the farm buildings, cross a 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.
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.