As you walk along you will notice the contrast between the dense beech plantations and the lighter coppice woodland. Coppicing - cutting back the tree stems every few years - lets through more light, allowing a wider range of woodland plants to grow. It also provides wood for coppice products.
Throughout the woodland there are ruins of cottages and wells, indicating that the area was more populated in the past than it is today. Many of these people would have worked in the woodland. This is reflected in the name of the local pub, The Woodman Arms, where at least one previous landlord was a retired forester.
This walk from Angmering explores the northern reaches of Angmering, a short distance north of the village centre. By starting at The Dover car park (grid reference TQ060064, post code BN18 9PX) rather than from the village the trail can be reduced to 4.8 miles or 7.8 kms.