Book 3, Walk 18, Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

Silent Walk, 3 Feb '07.

03-Feb-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 3, Walk 18, Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

Silent Walk, 3 Feb '07.

03-Feb-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

silent petersfield book3 rowlandscastle walk18 swcwalks

Book 3, Walk 18, Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

Silent contemplation, 3 Feb '07

03-Feb-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 3, Walk 18, Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

Sunlit tree, Silent Walk, 3 Feb '07

03-Feb-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Up the bridleway

Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

04-Jan-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Scene through trees

Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

04-Jan-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Cow through branches

Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

04-Jan-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Petersfield to Rowlands Castle walk

An easy southerly trek through East Hampshire.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 29-Mar-17 16

Wednesday Walk - Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

SWC Walk 18 Petersfield – Rowlands Castle
Length: 16.9 km (10.6 mi), Ascent/Descent: 327/355 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours, Toughness: 4 out of 10
Take the 10.30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Woking 10.55, G’ford 11.04), arrives Petersfield 11.31. From Clapster Junction take the 10.27 stopping service and change at Woking.
Return trains: xx.46 (87 mins). Buy a Rowlands Castle return.
An undulating ramble through the little known western reaches of the South Downs. Though there are a couple of steep climbs, the overall gradients are not too arduous, and your reward is some fine hilltop views in the second half of the walk.
For walk directions, map, height profile and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch: either The Five Bells in Buriton (4.2 km/2.6 mi, food to 14.00) or The Red Lion in Chalton (10.5 km/6.5 mi, food to 15.00).
For details of the tea shop and the three pubs in Rowlands Castle check the walk directions pdf.T=swc.18

Next Week: Tuesday - Book 1 Walk 19 Hever to Leigh & Wednesday - Book 1 Walk 46 Wakes Colne to Bures
Out and Proud: Wood Sorrel, Wood Anemones, Lesser Celandines, Harebells, Wild Garlic, Native Bluebells (the latter only in one of the woods though, as far as could be ascertained). Rapeseed fields turning yellow more and more, Skylarks audible: spring, I suppose.
Also present: 15 walkers off the scheduled train, + 1 other who had taken an earlier one, got caught at lunch in Chalton, only to disappear quickly with most of the sandwichers. So 16 in drizzle turning to rain until lunch then dry with some drizzle.
I walked this for the first time and found that apart from the route out of Petersfield from The Square onwards the scenery was very scenic indeed, had a decent amount of variation, with some pretty villages, far views, plenty of varied woods and enough ups and downs over the rolling hills to keep one honest. Just a bit too short... So a very good mid week walk.
Pub lunch (friendly staff and competent but not memorable food) for about half the group, joined by a couple of sandwichers for a drink.
Later 11 walkers in the Castle Inn in Rowlands for a bevvie.
The fast ones caught the 15.46, those 11 the 16.46 train.
Home before darkness.
Sun, 16-Aug-15 6

The Western South Downs

Free walk 18 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Distance16km (9.9m); toughness 3/10.
Trains: London Waterloo 09.30 (Clapham Junction 09.39) arrives Petersfield 10.39. Return trains from Rowlands Castle at xx:13 to Waterloo. Buy a day return to Rowlands Castle.
A lovely undulating ramble through the little known western reaches of the South Downs. Hopefully in high summer it will be mud-free (see walk comments)
Have an early lunch or drink at the Five Bells 4km into the walk or continue to the Red Lion 9.5km into the walk which is probably the best option

PDF walk instructions and further details about the walk are here
Option to extend the walk to Cocking if you have a map. See end of walk instructions.
Any info on numbers, route accessibility and refreshment options very welcome.
Six on the walk. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. Lunch was at the second of the two recommended pubs the one you get to about 2/3 of the way through the walk we had to wait about 30 minutes for our food to arrive, as the pub was busy, but helpings were generous. Some of us had tea in one of the pubs in Rowlands Castle there are a couple teashops in the village, but these close at 4.30. An enjoyable walk through a little used part of the south downs.
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Sun, 12-Oct-14 11 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 25-Aug-12 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Wed, 08-Aug-12 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 11-Jun-11 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Wed, 16-Sep-09 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 21-Feb-09 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sun, 31-Aug-08 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 05-Jan-08 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 11-Aug-07 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 30-Jun-07 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Wed, 02-May-07 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
Sat, 03-Feb-07 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle