Days out at Slindon

Slindon village old lock-up

There is so much to do at Slindon Estate. Whether you're after a really good walk, a cycle, want to try your hand at geocaching, ride our selection of bridleways or tick off a few of those 50 things to do before you're 11¾, you'll have the chance at this beautiful countryside spot.

Walking

With over 25 miles of public rights of way, there are plenty of walks to suit all ages and abilities. From hazel-shaded lanes and neatly cultivated fields to woodland and hedgerows, every season brings a new delight to the walks. There are countless places and excuses to stop and stare.  Enjoy one of the beautiful circular walks that showcase the estate across all four seasons.

Walking - a great way to explore
Walking boots
Walking - a great way to explore

Cycling and horse riding

Slindon’s many bridleways and leafy lanes provide numerous circular routes for cyclists and horse riders alike. The village is a great place to park and start your mountain bike adventure up on to the downs. And the Forestry Commission car park at Eartham is perfect to unload your horse, ready to ride the trails.

Having fun cycling on a sunny day...
Image of boy cycling
Having fun cycling on a sunny day...

Geocaching

Come and try out this modern-day treasure hunting at Slindon. It's a fantastic way to get the kids out and exploring the countryside. We've 10 geocache boxes hidden around the estate.

A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors
A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors
A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors

Village curiosities

Around Slindon village there are a number of mystery structures and quirky features to look out for. On Dyers lane look out for the elaborate flint shed with a Slindon ‘ox blood’ red door.  Built in 1805, before a full-time Constabulary was formed in 1857, the lock-up was used by the Parish Constable to imprison local troublemakers until he could march them to the magistrate at Arundel or Chichester.  The square walled flint enclosure at the top of Mill Lane in Slindon village was a livestock pound. It was used to hold cattle and sheep separated from the rest of their herd whilst being walked to market. The unlucky herdsman would have had to pay to have them released.   On the corner of School Hill and Top Road is the old school.  This once Church of England school was built in 1871 using flints gathered from the local fields free of charge by the village farm labourers  Scan the peaks of the building to find the ale mug imbedded in the flint work, put there by the local builders who enjoyed a lot of beer over the hot summer of construction. 

Estate cottages with oxblood paintwork
Flint and red brick cottages
Estate cottages with oxblood paintwork

Don't miss

  • The magnificent spring flowers at Park Lane car park and parkland
  • The nationally famed spectacular village pumpkin display in Autumn
  • Views of the Isle of Wight, Chichester Cathedral & Halanaker Windmill
  • Gaston Farm's spring lambing event
  • Slindon Pottery hidden in the old carpenter's workshop on Top Road
  • The farmers' market at Coronation Hall, last Thursday of every month
  • The flint folly with commanding views of the estate and coastal plain
Slindon Pottery on Top Road
Flint and Red brick building
Slindon Pottery on Top Road

Slindon Forge - a shop and more

The Forge presents provides vital services to ensure the village remains a vibrant community, and gives a new lease of life and public access to a historically important village building.

Sunset view of Slindon folly
Views across Slindon folly at sunset on the South Downs
Sunset view of Slindon folly

The Park Pale

The parkland to the north of the village was originally a deer park dating from 1108. Historical records show that there was a deer park at Slindon as early as the 13th century. Around the edge of the park, a pale was constructed so that deer could enter the park from the outside, but could not get out. The Pale consisted of a bank and ditches, with a fence built on top. You can still see the remains of the Pale today.

The raised bank of the Park Pale was once used to confine livestock
The raised bank of the Park Pale was once used to confine livestock
The raised bank of the Park Pale was once used to confine livestock