Easy and lovely pub walk from The Sun Inn passing through fields and along the coast.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Turn left outside the pub and then turn left down the lane that runs next to the pub garden. Follow the edge of the field and go through the gateway. Follow the electricity wires and go through a gateway in the corner of the next field. Cross the bridge over the ditch and continue with the hedge now on your right. After the electricity wires, cross the stile in the corner. Follow the enclosed path and driveway until you reach the road.
(1) Turn left. Follow the road and cross the Military Road into Brook Chine. Turn right just before the stone bridge. Follow the Coastal path through the National Trust car park. Carry on, ignoring the paths down to the beach until you reach the car park at Hanover Point and Compton Bay.
(2) Leave the car park and cross the road. Turn left and walk a few yards. Look for signpost "To Brook Footpath F59" Turn right and continue on the farm track until Compton Grange. Turn left up the hill. Signpost "Public Footpath BS48 Dunsbury Farm and the Downs". Cross a cattle grid. Skirt round to the right of a small copse.
(3) At the top of the copse turn right. Continue past the farm buildings, look for a signpost - "To Brook Down Public Bridleway BS89 - and turn left into an enclosed footpath. Continue until a track joins from the right and a junction is reached a few yards further on. Signpost "Public Byway BS89 Five Barrows ½ mile" Turn right onto the byway. Pass through a gateway and orientation board entitled "Welcome to Brook Down". Follow the path to the right when you get to a junction with electricity wires overhead. Follow this until you reach the road.
(4) Ignore the path opposite and turn right. After 200 yards turn left into a private drive. Look for sign - "The Longstone, Strawberry Lane,". Just before the drive curves right look for the signpost "Public Footpath S39 The Longstone, Strawberry Lane, Mottistone".
(5) Turn left into the woodland path. Just before a gate, take the path to the right sharply down through some trees pass a sign "Private woodland, please keep to path". Continue down the winding path until you reach a style into an open field. Follow the dip in the land directly down to the style that will take you down into the next field. Continue with the hedge on the left. Cross the next stile into an enclosed path which will take you back to the pub. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 174ft - The Sun Inn
1 : mi 0.69 - alt. 66ft - Brook
2 : mi 1.66 - alt. 33ft - Car park
3 : mi 2.16 - alt. 161ft - Top of the copse
4 : mi 3.24 - alt. 295ft - B3399
5 : mi 3.36 - alt. 305ft - Woodland path
D/A : mi 4.12 - alt. 174ft - The Sun Inn
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