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Walk - Everyone Welcome (09/07/16) Saturday, 9th July 2016 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Meet in good time for a 9.45 departure from The Unicorn, Heyshott, Midhurst GU29 0DL, (www.unicorn-inn-heyshott.co.uk: Explorer Map 120: SU 900181). Travelling south on the A286 from Midhurst turn left into Bex Lane (before Cocking) and follow the signs to Heyshott. (If travelling north from Chichester, Bex Lane is the most straightforward route). Please double, or triple, park in the far end of the car park as the pub gets very busy. The pub will be open for lunch orders, beverages and use of toilets before the walk.

In the morning, we walk through farmland at the foot of the South Downs, and then enter woods at the base before ascending to the top where we walk along the South Downs Way. There are cross dykes and tumuli to be seen. On our left lies Charlton Forest and, at a trig point in a field, we get a superb view over the Weald on a clear day. We then descend through woodland and farmland returning to Heyshott where we will visit the church of St James. Heyshott was the birthplace of Richard Cobden; the 19th century reformer who was instrumental in getting the Corn Laws abolished. There are references to him in the church.

The morning walk is around four and a half miles long with very few stiles. In reconnoitring the walk we saw a pair of red kite, buzzards and several fallow deer. Someone in the pub said that there are also ravens around. We will aim to return to The Unicorn for lunch at 13.00 and depart at 14.30.

The afternoon walk is about three miles long with a few stiles and the terrain is flat. The route goes through a mix of farmland and woods and we pass very close to a large stone built house which sits well in its surrounding grounds.

You are welcome to join us for either or both the walks.

Walk led by John and Penny (Tel: 01403254047 or 07989375111 on the day).