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Stansted Park Bridleways 6 miles

LOCALITY: Rowlands Castle, Sussex West
DISTANCE: Greater than 5 miles (8.05 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
TERRAIN: Hard
OS MAP: Chichester

Walk description:

This is a triangular 6 mile walk using predominately bridleways so expect wet mud. Park in the car park at map ref SU754103. Turn left out of the car park and walk up the road then turn right into the main drive for the house. When you come out of the wooded area turn left onto the bridleway through the gate. Follow this for � mile along the edge of the wood. When it turns into the wood follow the bridleway signs, ignoring the footpaths, on through Wythy Piece and on up to Lodge Farm. Continue straight on to Oldhouse Lane where you turn right. After a few meters, where the tree line starts on your right, turn right onto the bridleway. Follow this bridleway for � mile. At the junction of 5 bridleways you want to turn right then left keeping the woods on your left and arable land on your right. This is the higher end of Watergate Hanger. Continue for � mile. When you reach the tarmac road turn right into Woodlands Lane. Follow Woodlands Lane, which evolves into a well surfaced track for nearly 1� miles until you reach tarmac again. Turn left onto the tarmac surface and follow round to the right keeping Stansted House on your left through the trees. For tea rooms turn left at the point where you reach an open field on your left. For car park continue along the tarmac surface which is the main drive to the house. When reaching the gate house turn left and retrace your steps back to the car park.


Additional notes:

The worse wet mud is in Wythy Piece. This was walked in March 2009 with all terrain mobility scooters.
Note: car park is locked overnight at 5pm.
When walking the northern side of Watergate Hanger firstly there are far reaching views of the sea then if you look directly south you can spot Racton Monument as a tower amongst the tree line www.odd-stuff.info/follies/racton.htm
Just before you turn right into Woodlands Lane there�s a wonderful view of the northern side of Kingley Vale and Walderton on your left.
The Pavilion Tea Rooms in Stansted Park are open all days of the week, upon your return take the bridleway, from the main drive, which passes in front of the house then turn left into the top car park and head for the further corner to walk to it. www.stanstedpark.co.uk/Visitors Retrace your steps to the main drive to return to your car. Or perhaps incorporate a visit to the house?
There are 3 pubs in Rowlands Castle.


09/03/2009 | Walk posted by Linda Rivers

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