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Slindon Estate Walks – Treasures in Trust (AA) and A Walk with Views (Guardian Great Britsh Walks)

  • 6 miles, 3 hours (Guardian walk) or 4 miles, 2 hours (AA Walk).
  • moderate downland walking
  • a tea room in Slindon, and pub nearby
  • accessible by bus

cup of tea

The Slindon Estate, 7 miles from Chichester and managed by the National Trust,  is an impressive 1,400 hectares of woodland, downland, farmland, and parkland. it includes the very attractive flint village of Slindon itself with lovely houses and a fine setting at the foot of the South Downs. Two walks are offered here to make the most of it.

This Guardian walk, featured in its Great British Walks Guide in 2012,  captures the grand scale and variety of the Estate. Beginning at the village, it heads north towards Bignor Hill, through sun-dappled woodland, and down the route of the famous old Roman road of  Stane Street past fields of downland  sheep. The route’s description leaves something to be desired, so make sure you have an OS map with you (and it’s probably best working out the route in advance on the OS map).  You’ll probably go wrong otherwise, particularly as some steps seem to be missing i.e. getting from Stane Street to the 6 Posts sign!

The shorter AA walk provides an easier woodland walk, but still offers some  fine views.

Note that the Newburgh Arms, mentioned in the AA walk, is now sadly shut. The Spur, a traditional pub with a skittle alley, is a detour away along the A29. The village also lost its post office and shop in recent years, but a a new community shop and licensed cafe opened in 2012 at the Slindon Forge in Reynolds Lane, going away from the village towards the A29.