This is a walk suitable for all seasons but the wild flowers in spring and early summer are prolific. Footpaths are, in the main, wide and well-marked. No stiles. On return, refreshments can be had at Houghton Bridge if you turn left onto the B2139 and return via Arundel.
Map & Info
Start / finish
Kithurst Hill car park (free)
Distance / ascent / time est.
4.8 miles / 401ft / 2-3hrs
Surface / terrain
Footpaths & tracks / hilly
Stiles / road crossings
No stiles / no road crossings
N / A
Blue square = 1km sq
Numbers correspond to directions below
+ use the images below for additional guidance!
From the car park, walk straight ahead through the gate (1) and across the field in front of you (1a) – soon you’ll see a water tank over to the left (1b).
The path leads to a copse and then continues straight on the other side across another field (2).
The path then narrows and bears right, passing alongside a tall hedge on the right (2a). The footpath/bridleway signs clearly indicate where to go.
At the path juntion, go left (3) and then right (4) onto a well-kept gravel path (4a), which leads down to Lee Farm.
When you reach the T junction, go through the gate and turn right to walk between the farm buildings (5).
The path emerges onto a wide gravel track (6), which takes you through some trees (6a), and continues straight on, rising steadily, and opening up into fine views of the downs. Wild orchids stud the grassy bank in spring.
At a clearly defined junction, turn right (7) and pass through a gate, and take the right-hand chalk path (7a, 7b, 7c).
When you reach another junction, ignore the wider path going to the left, and take the narrow path to the right (8), and follow it for some distance, as it gradually rises (8a, 8b).
Eventually you’ll reach a junction – turn right (9) onto a restricted byway. At the next junction, keep right/straight on (10) to join the South Downs Way, which will take you back to the car park (10a), which will be on the left.
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