Things to see and do at Drovers Estate

Maiden Beeches beside the trail in Drovers Estate

There was once a large house and deer park here at Drovers Estate but the house had been completely destroyed by 1815. There’s still plenty to see here in this hidden estate in the valleys of the South Downs.

Historical happenings

Many of the farm buildings and barns retain local building styles and haven’t changed much over time. The former railway line between Chichester and Midhurst opened in 1881, with the railway and station passing through Drovers estate and Singleton village. The station was built in a grand design to accommodate visitors to Goodwood racecourse but the line eventually closed. The tunnels are now inaccessible and are legally protected bat roosts.

Go batty

Beside the old railway tunnel at dusk in late summer is a magnet for bat enthusiasts' You may hear or glimpse bat species including brown long-eared, whiskered, pipistrelle and natterer's bats.

Wonderful walks

Drovers is all about being on a less trodden path with a mix of habitats and a blend of open views and woodland trails. You can enjoy circular walks by following the waymarked permissive routes.


Woolbeding countryside is quietly tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley. With its wide horizons and intimate secluded places, this huge estate has an extraordinary blend of habitats.
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