Date: Sunday 24 March
Start: Stoughton Down Car Park
Grid Reference: SU815 125
Start Time: 09.30
Distance: 7.6 miles
Terrain: Mostly undulating but with 2 gentle climbs and two descents on chalk (both relatively steep in places)
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Join Rural Strides for the first of a series of 3 walks around the same area, to see how the view and landscape changes as we pass from spring to summer and finally into autumn.
The photo was taken on this walk one sunny January morning. As you can see, there are definitely splendid views to be had. However, they are not limited to this one. Two other view points are dual aspect. One even lets us take in both the line of the Downs and view down to Chichester Harbour. The geography of this area competes with its history. The best-known local monuments are the Devil’s Humps at Kingley Vale, but there are other stories to tell and remains to reveal.
The seasonal interest on this spring walk is Stoughton’s mass of Daffodils. However, come back here in April and May and the colour continues with bluebells and fields awash with the yellow of Oilseed Rape.
We will plan on stopping in Stoughton village two thirds of the way around this walk. Here there will be time to go to the Hare and Hounds pub for a drink (use the facilities). Alternatively, you can sit on the village green with your own drink/snacks…..or combine the two.
Well-behaved dogs welcome. Dogs must be on a lead through fields with livestock and on roads.
Rural Strides is passionate about the history and cultural landscape of the Western Weald. Through engaging walks, which interpret the land and share local stories, we seek to connect people not only to the beauty of the area but also to local businesses. We hope you will find a Rural Strides walk an authentic and memorable experience, that will leave you feeling like a local.
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Oilseed Rape in flower in May