Emsworth to Chalton

Southleigh Forest © Graham Horn
Rowlands Castle © Jonathan Billinger
Parish Church, Chalton © John Winfield

A start across the coastal plain through alternating woodland and agricultural land, is followed, after Rowland's Castle, by the climb over Chalton Down with extensive views. Chalton is a delightful village, with pub and church next to the village green.

This is a trail in the Sussex Border Path collection of trails. Together they describe the full length of this long distance footpath.

From the eastern end of the ring road in Emsworth (A259)(GR 753058), proceed along Lumley Road on the east bank of Emsworth Creek. Where this road becomes a private drive at 'Lumley Millhouse', turn left over footbridge crossing stream and continue on enclosed path. At T-junction by grid station turn right on track which soon bears left under by-pass, subsequently following a field path which keeps more or less parallel with houses on left, aiming towards spire of Westbourne Church.

Near end of field, take gate on left and then right along narrow path to join Westbourne Road. Turn left and, in approx. 400 yards at mini-roundabout, turn right along Redlands Lane. At left-hand bend, by some bollards, continue ahead along unmade track. At T-junction with road turn left.

At junction of Long Copse Lane and Hollybank Lane (GR 746078) turn right (north) through Hollybank Wood Nature Reserve. At a crossing path by a wooden seat, turn right on a permissive path to arrive at a busy road. Cross the road with care to a bridleway opposite (GR 747087). Follow the clear path through Southleigh Forest. Continue straight across next road, then join a concrete track near some cottages. Continue for quarter of a mile to 'Holme Farm'. At end of concrete road by farm buildings (GR 752099) turn left and follow track towards 'Horse Pasture Farm'. At track junction before farm, turn right on path across field to join a wide grass ride in Stansted Park. Here, turn left and follow north side of ride. At end, continue downhill to cross track and join Finchdean Lane in Rowland's Castle.

Turn right and continue northwards along this road for about 450 yards. Opposite an electricity sub-station, turn left along track leading up to railway. Beyond railway bridge continue ahead across field to gate near cottages (GR 734114). Turn right by second cottage along grass track. Shortly bear right to stile and head NNE on a path across large field (which may be ploughed out) to join a green lane on the far side of the field. This leads out to join a lane on a bend. Follow this lane to the right downhill into Finchdean.

Join road at Finchdean, bearing left to reach the 'George' P.H. Fork left opposite the pub and after 250 yards, at junction with Ashcroft Lane, take footpath on right which runs parallel to road within field. This path soon bears right to climb Chalton Down following fence boundaries where appropriate.

After passing through a thicket, turn left on a rising path around the field/woodland edge. At a crossing path, go ahead across the gap to reach the edge of a clump of trees. Follow round the edge of the trees and then keep ahead along a fence to shortly cross it via a stile before overhead power lines. From here take the path north across a large field aiming towards the brow of the hill. Pass through gap in hedge and pass tumulus left.

Now continue downhill in the same direction, passing through another hedge gap and across another open field. Shortly after joining a hedgerow on your left, take a stile on the left to follow a path which immediately crosses a track and then curves to the right to reach churchyard and so out to the road at Chalton by the 'Red Lion' P.H.

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