Halnaker to Chichester via Goodwood walk
Scenic steep chalk downlands around the Upper Lavant Valley, the Goodwood Estate and unrivalled views from St. Roche's Hill
22.9 km (14.2 mi), with 475/501m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.
6 out of 10 (with several steep ascents around lunch, so may feel tougher than that), with 5 hours 30 minutes walking time.
This West Sussex walk makes for a relatively long day out for the length of the walk, as it involves a bus connection to the start after an already long train journey to Chichester. Its main purpose is to explore the scenic steep chalk downlands well north of Chichester around the Upper Lavant Valley, between St. Roche’s Hill and the South Downs chain, while passing through the Goodwood estate as well as through Chichester’s Old Town at the end. The lonely grassy or wooded hillsides of the beautiful Lavant Valley are dissected by quiet flat-bottomed valleys, and feature several pretty villages, as well as providing for stunning views. Most of the climbing is done between the lunch pubs, but the longest ascent comes straight after the late lunch option, up to St. Roche’s Hill, from whose treeless summit you have grand views in all directions.
Optional out-and-backs at the start, to Halnaker Hill (with its windmill) and/or Boxgrove Priory, make it an up to 30 km walk.
Out-and-backs at the start to Halnaker Hill or Boxgrove Priory add 5.1 and 2.6 km respectively.
OS Explorer: OL8 (Chichester) and OL10 (Arundel & Pulborough)
Halnaker Crossroads, map reference SU 907 080, is 6 km north east of Chichester and 37m above sea level. Chichester Station, map reference SU 858 043, is 22 km east of Portsmouth and 11m above sea level. Both are in West Sussex. Halnaker Crossroads is a stop on the number 55 bus service from Chichester to Tangmere. The service runs every 20 minutes Mon-Fri, half-hourly Sat and hourly on Sundays. It is seamlessly linked to (on-time) trains arriving from London. It then takes 21 minutes to Halnaker (with a fare of £3.80 in 06/22). Chichester station is on the London Victoria to Southampton West Coastway Line. Journey times (two trains an hour) are 91 minutes Monday to Saturday and 106 minutes on Sunday.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours (but earlier if aiming for the late lunch pub in Singleton).
The Star and Garter, East Dean, West Sussex, PO18 0JG (01243 811 318). The Star and Garter is located 5.6 km (3.5 mi) into the walk and is a flint and brick country pub with rooms.
Plenty of options in West Dean, Lavant and Chichester. See the pdf for details.
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Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
Jun-22 Thomas G
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk