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Location

Hammer Lane, Midhurst, GU29 0PF*

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Date Added:

August 6, 2022

Parking

Space for max 1 car! See review for more

Terrain

Quite hilly here with some steep and stepped sections. Mostly woodland paths, and very small section of country road. No stiles, couple of quite tight gate passes though.

Water

There is a beautiful lake here and stream, however there are signs asking for dogs not to go in the water so just for scenery and not swimming here.

Poo Bins

No bins here

Local Info

Walk Distance:

2.7km

Date Walk Added:

August 6, 2022
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Author Review

I will start by saying if you are planning to visit here, have a back up plan too as is tricky to get to and literally one parking space. The country roads to get here are incredibly narrow with sparse passing spots - we found one little to spot to park the car on a lay-by just by the little stone bridge crossing, but pretty much anywhere else would block gates or restrict access.

If you do manage to get parked up though, it really is a fantastic hidden gem of a walk. The area is looked after by the Chithurst Buddhist monastery who use it for quiet contemplation, and if you look closely you'll see some Buddha statues dotted around, and there are several areas that are sign posted as 'quiet areas' and to keep out. With the spectacular lake, and enormous trees throughout the picture perfect hilly woodlands they really couldn't have picked a better spot for it.

The walk starts next to the stone bridge where you'll see the brown sign on the gate. Head straight and it's not long until you'll see the path head off to the right and the view over the lake opens out through the trees. There's a small section here you can walk along to take it in, but doesn't go anywhere so you need to come back on the main track to carry on the walk.

From here it's a very easy route - just take the right turn whenever there's a choice and you'll end up creating a nice loop over the hill, and back down alongside the other side of the lake. At the far end of the walk there is a small section when you need to walk on the road so do keep an eye out for that, but only a very slow and quiet country track. There is a section going uo the hill where there is a wooden step section, at the top of this there is a right turn that isn't indicated by the public footpath sign, but take this right it leads along a restrictive byway which you are still allowed to access.

As you'd imagine it was very quiet here, and on our route the only other people we saw were a couple of monks. Parts are used by horses, and are signs in places asking for dogs to be kept on leads.

*Coordinates for location is 51.005267, -0.794212

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