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Chalton Village

Chalton Village

Chalton is a small and pretty village on the opposite side of the A3 road to Clanfield.  With its stunning setting in the hills of South Downs and located within the South Downs National Park it is the perfect place to start a walk or cycle in gorgeous countryside.  Despite being a short distance from a major trunk road, Chalton has a sense of peace and tranquillity that is difficult to beat.

St Michael and All Angles Church is the jewel in the crown of this tiny village.  With its majestic 13th century chancel and ancient burial monuments you can feel the history of this place surround and inspire you.  The church congregation is small enthusiastic about their church and regularly hold concerts in the building so others can enjoy the wonderful acoustics. Using the church as a starting point you can climb to the top of the hill beside the prehistoric burial mound for 360 degree views of the Hampshire and Sussex countryside. 

The village pub, The Red Lion, is believed to be the oldest in Hampshire, dating from at least the 16th century, though possibly earlier as it may have been the workshop and place of refreshment for the workers building the church. There is a roaring fire in the tiny front bar in the winter and food is served throughout the pub and into the garden – exceptional views of the South Downs with a drink in your hand is not an experience to be missed.   

Between Clanfield and Chalton there are two landmarks of note.  The windmill on Windmill Hill can be seen for miles around.  It is now a private house but there is a footpath that brings you close to the top of the hill.

Butser Ancient Farm, a working experimental archaeological site that specialises in different phases of life in Britain from the Stone Age through to the arrival of the Saxons.  Fascinating place which is a must to visit and is listed in the top 10 attractions in this area. 

 

 


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