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Walks around Clanfield 2: Woods and South Downs Way

  • Author: Amble Wobbler
  • Published: 29th April 2020
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Walks around Clanfield 2: Woods and South Downs Way

In this time of ‘lockdown’ you can get good exercise locally without getting into your car. All the countryside around us forms part of the South Downs National Park. These walks demonstrate why. There are fabulous views and interesting stopping places right on our doorstep.

Key to maps: Red dotted lines indicate public rights of way - please keep to paths.

Bluebell Woods’ and the South Downs Way: 3.5 miles, or 2 miles for the woods alone.

Just north of Clanfield lies a wood you can visit to enjoy the sight of carpets of bluebells and many other wildflowers - spring is a special time for a woodland walk. However, if you extend your walk to include the South Downs Way then the superb views offered there are reason enough to follow this trail any time of the year.

Start your walk from the road junction of Green Lane and Chalton Lane and head north on the public bridleway. At the next junction cross the road and carry on up Thieves Lane to reach the woods. Where the path bends left, the bluebells flower under the trees. Follow this path all the way through the wood and enjoy the peace and quiet, with only birdsong to accompany you.

Once you emerge at the road crossing of North Lane you have a decision to make; either continue the walk up to the South Downs Way or go for the short woodland walk instead. If the latter, you simply turn left then right about 50m later, to enter the woods. Here you follow the public footpath through the trees until you reach the byway of Little Hyden Lane, which will take you back to Clanfield.

To follow the longer walk you turn right up North Lane and follow it all the way to the top where you meet the South Downs Way. (Here, turn around and look back towards the coast. On a good day you’ll see ships at sea.) Turn left onto the SDW and walk along enjoying the superb views to East Meon and the downland scenery. After a while turn left at a fingerpost indicating the footpath to Clanfield. Walk along the edge of the field until you reach the woods ahead, where at a kissing gate, you take the footpath down into the woods where you gently descend all the way down to Little Hyden Lane and thus to the church and pub in old Clanfield.


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