Walking

Walking trail

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Walking trail

Slindon is our largest traditional estate on the South Downs; this circular walk captures its scale, depth and variety.

Explore the ancient estate on a winter afternoon stroll

Unusually, it's a really good winter walk, not just because it's mostly firm underfoot, but there are even more vistas that open up through the bare trees.

A wooden signpost stands in the shade of a large tree on an open track

Map

Map route for Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Start:

Opposite Slindon College (five-bar gate at bottom of Butt Lane), grid ref: SU959086

1

From the five-bar gate at the beginning of Butt Lane, walk steadily up towards Bignor Hill. Ignore the many left-hand tracks/turnings and either keep level, or go up-slope, and go straight or tend to the right. There will be trees or a hedge to your left, while to your right the view will frequently open out over fields and downs. There are several stiles on this part of the walk.

2

Around 2 miles (3.2 km) into the walk, the way re-enters rough woodland, opening up to your right again for the last few hundred yards up to Gumber Corner.

3

The sweep of 'The Gallops' will be to your right. At the top you'll meet an east-west bridleway at Gumber Corner (grid ref: SU969125), turn left, slightly downwards, on this track into mixed woodland.

Read more

4

Continue for about 55yd (50m) along the path until you see, to your left, the fence, farm-gate and walkers' stile (and dog stile) at the top of Stane Street. There are mature ash and beech casting welcome shade in summer over a bench and grassy banks; a great picnic spot. You'll probably need to keep your dog on a lead down Stane Street, for much of the year it, and the neighbouring grassland, is grazed by sheep.

Read more

5

Continue South along Stane Street, mostly downhill, for about 1¼ miles (1.8km) heading for Eartham Woods. As you approach the woods, Stane Street is criss-crossed with old roots.

Read more

6

Through mature beeches you reach a clearing at the 'Six-Ways' signpost (where eight ways now meet). Take the way to your left, with a 'no horses' sign to its right and a waymarker post to its left.

Read more

7

About 270yd (270m) after a Forestry Commission barrier partially crosses the way, turn right at a signpost to your right - the increasingly chalky way goes through a dip, which in Summer has a splendid show of the chalk-loving pyramidal orchid - then up the northern flank of Nore Hill.

Read more

8

Turn left and uphill at the next signpost. Follow the way up Nore Hill where it becomes a forestry track across its top.

Read more

9

As you come into the open, take a moment to savour the view to your east, downwards and over the rich valley of Courthill Farm.

10

Keep the woods to your right for 220yd (200m) until Nore Hill Folly - there's a well-sited bench here to enjoy the panoramic views, way down to the sea.

Read more

11

Take the farm track downhill, then at the T-junction adjacent Row's Barn turn away from it, down to your left.

12

Just past the farmyard to your left, turn right onto Nore Hill Lane. This takes you out onto Top Road, a few metres down from your starting point.

End:

Junction of Nore Wood Lane and Top Road, near to where you started, grid ref: SU959086

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Terrain

Bridleways and footpaths through the estate, ending with a short downwards section of farm track. Fairly easy terrain, starting with a long, slow incline and one short, uphill stretch beginning the last quarter of the walk. Several stiles and tree roots which pushchair, buggy or wheelchair users may find difficult to negotiate.

Dogs welcome under close control as livestock graze in surrounding fields. No dog bins, so please take dog litter home.

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Contact us

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

How to get here

Address
Slindon Estate, West Sussex
By train

Arundel or Barnham station, both about 4 miles from Slindon village. For details see National Rail or call 08457 484950.

By road

Located just off A27 that runs east to west, and A29 that runs north to south. Some car-parking along Top Road by a tall wall surrounding Slindon College; postcode for GPS: BN18 ORH.

By foot

Access going west along Top Road, Slindon.

By bus

Regular Compass bus service 84-5, Worthing to Chichester, stopping at Fontwell village. Take London Road opposite bus stop, then bear left for the underpass beneath A27. This brings you out on Dukes Road, adjacent to Slindon South Lodge.

By bicycle

Adjacent to National Cycle Network Route 22.

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome under close control