Treyford & Didling from Hooksway

A West Sussex walk with a variety of contrasting scenery from woodland to rolling downs with expansive views. The route includes some ascents but these are rewarded by fine views. The walk also provides the opportunity to visit the Shepherd's Church near Didling.

Technical sheet
No. 293105
A Elsted and Treyford walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 16/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 5.73mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 627ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 610ft
Highest point Highest point : 738ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 210ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : South Downs
Location Location : Elsted and Treyford
Starting point Starting point : N 50.939601° / W 0.840634°
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(D)The route starts from Hooksway (grid ref. SU815162) a short distance from the B2141 between Chichester and Petersfield. Parking is limited and only available at the Royal Oak on the basis that you make use of the refreshment facilities provided. After parking, take the track heading north along the eastern boundary of Germanleith Copse for about a kilometre to reach a wider track coming in from your left (grid ref. SU815172).

(1)Continue ahead and when the track splits take the right hand fork and continue through Buriton Farm. At the next junction (less than 200 metres past the farm) turn left and continue along the track for a further 300 metres to where the track bends to the left (grid ref. SU818180). Leave the track and turn right following a bridleway into woodland. The route descends through the wood to reach open fields and a T-junction (grid ref. SU819186). Turn right and walk for 400 metres to another T-junction. Turn left and walk through Manor Farm, to reach a tarmac lane. Turn right along the lane and when the lane bends to the right, turn left along a narrow tarmac access road.

(2)At the end of this access road (grid ref. SU825187) take the signed footpath on your right that leads across a number of fields to the road at Didling (grid ref. SU837185). Turn right along the road and keep ahead at the first road junction. Stay on the lane to a right hand bend. If you wish to visit the "Shepherd's Church" take the track straight ahead, if not continue to follow the lane and take the signed bridleway/track on your left (grid ref. SU834182). This climbs gradually up through woodland to reach a junction with the South Downs Way on Didling Hill (grid ref. SU837174), Turn right along the South Downs Way and enjoy the wonderful views north.

(3)The South Downs Way soon enters woodland as its skirts the eastern flank of Treyford Hill. A brief section of open downs is followed by more woodland. Reaching a clear junction of tracks (grid ref. SU824169) the South Downs Way turns sharp right. Your onward route continues straight ahead and all that remains is pleasant kilometre of walking back to the start.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 384ft - Start: Hooksway village
1 : mi 0.77 - alt. 463ft - Take righthand fork
2 : mi 2.31 - alt. 240ft - Turn right along footpath
3 : mi 4.04 - alt. 686ft - Turn right along South Downs Way
D/A : mi 5.73 - alt. 400ft - Finish: Hooksway village

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.11/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 3.67/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 4.33/5

on Mon 13 May 2019 12:49:12 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 06/05/19
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk with a fantastic pub to start off with (and eat at). The walk itself has many options to make it longer or shorter or more challenging.

on Mon 17 Sep 2018 09:19:44 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 17/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

Perfect distance walk with a great starting/finishing point. The pub is friendly and even made us a pack lunch to take with. Be sure to check the opening times so you don’t go without food or drink if you want it! Beautiful countryside, great views and an easy trail. Ended up walking the trail backwards but that didn’t matter at all!

on Tue 02 Jan 2018 10:47:25 CET

Hi Trundlers,

Thanks for all your useful feedback on this walk. If you find any good alternatives to the difficult bridleway section, we would be really interested in hearing about it so we can update the walk sheet with an alternative route.

Many thanks,

Hikideas Moderator

on Mon 01 Jan 2018 13:38:23 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 28/12/17
Description quality : Disappointing
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Good length walk over the south downs, obviously with ups and downs but well planned so no hills too challenging for mixed age/ability group. Interesting different terrain with lovely views from top of downs. There had been much rain prior to our walk, followed by snow and ice. Some areas, where protected from frost, very muddy - but only to be expected on winter walk. Snow and ice on the downs posed a risk of slipping, but again only to be expected. Visit to Shepherds church a must - it was decked out for Christmas, so beautiful we wondered if midnight mass held there (future planning) but sadly doesn’t seem so.

Major issues though with the section from grid ref SU815172, bridleway through woodland and subsequent sections into Treyford. The bridleway was almost impassible in some places because of fallen trees that had obviously been there for a long time - real limbo dancing needed, no route round. Whole of bridleway surprisingly narrow, full of fallen branches etc - looked little used - most of it not easy to walk. The subsequent sections into Treyford likewise looked little used and were waterlogged from overflowing stream.

This was a trial walk to check out viability for our walking group - concluded that the almost impassible bridleway is a no go. But there are other routes to bypass this so we’re going to try a couple very soon - disadvantage seen on map being that the descent is steeper and may be very chalky posing other challenges.

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