Avenue of Beeches
Bow Hill Beeches

Primroses
Primroses

Bow Hill
View from Bow Hill

Edwardian Pergola in West Dean Gardens
Edwardian Pergola in West Dean Gardens

Autumn Beech Trees in West Dean Arboretum
West Dean Arboretum

Chichester Harbour
Old Lock Gates on Chichester Harbour

East Dean Church
East Dean Church

Sussex Flint Wall, West Dean
Old Sussex Flint Wall


Activities

Walks

Chilgrove farm is ideally located for walking in the south downs. It is within easy reach of both the Soth Downs Way and the Monarch's Way long distance footpaths and the area around the farm is criss-crossed by bridleways and footpaths

Descriptions of 3 walks that are easily accessable from the farm are detailed at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.

Mountain biking

The South Downs National Park is is a great area for mountain biking and Chilgrove is ideally located for off road enthusiasts. The area is criss crossed by bridleways and the South Downs Way national trail is easily accessable from the farm. More about the trail and a downloadable guide are available here. If you are a beginner who would like to give mountain biking a try or if you cycle off road but are not sure about navigating the area yourself guided mountain Bike rides are available.
*Please note that both the routes described on our "walks" page can be cycled as well as walked.

Horse Riding
Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Sussex Downs on horseback at Willowbrook Riding Centre in Hambrook near Chichester

Water Sports
Chichester Harbour offers a range of water sports including wind surfing, dinghy sailing sea kayaking and canoeing.

Creative Courses
There are a number of creative courses available in the local area. Visit the following links for more information:
West Dean College short courses
Weald and Downland Open Air Museaum
Nancy Goodens courses at Artworks

 

Circular walk 1
Distance approx 5½ miles: Chilgrove - Bow Hiil - Monarchs Way - Stoughton (Hare and Hounds pub) - Chilgrove.

The Monarchs way is Britain’s second longest signed walking trail and follows the route of Charles II's flight after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Turn left out of the farmhouse courtyard and walk through the park towards the main road. At the small crossroads turn right and walk across the green and along side the main road towards the Fish House Restaurant. Cross the road and take the signposted bridleway which climbs steeply uphill off the road.

When the track divides take the left hand fork up onto Bow Hill, so called because the yew trees that grow there were used to make archers bows. As you reach the top the Monarchs way crosses the track and is clearly signposted. Take the right hand turn and follow the Monarchs way signs until you reach the village of Stoughton. Turn left along the road for ¼ mile and you will find the Hare and Hounds pub.

Leave the pub and walk back the way you came but go past the track you arrived by and keep on the road until you come to a car park on a sharp left-hand bend. Take the bridleway along the side of the car park and this track will eventually turn into same one that you left Chilgrove by earlier.

Circular walk 2
Distance approx 5½ miles: Chilgrove - Stapleash - West Dean Woods - South Downs Way - Hooksway (The Royal Oak pub) - Chilgrove.

This route is well known locally for the profusion of wild daffodils which flower there in the early spring and for bluebells later in late April/May. There are also spectacular views to the north and to the south from the South Downs Way

Turn right out of the farmhouse courtyard and walk along the lane approximately 1km to Stapleash Farm. Just before you reach the farm take the turning to the right and keep walking 100 metres along the lane and up hill, looking out for the bridleway which is signposted off to the left.

Take this bridleway which climbs steadily through the woods for just over 2 km, until it eventually meets the South Downs way. Here turn left and walk west along the scarp face of the downs across open fields with far reaching views to the north and south. After approx 1.5 km the trail enters woodland once more and after another 1 km you will come to a crossroads where the South Downs Way is signposted turning off to the right. At this point leave the SOuth Downs Way and continue to follow the main track which contiues straight on down hill, eventually arriving at Hooksway where you will find the Royal Oak pub on the right hand side of the lane.

On leaving Hooksway take the bridleway which turns left off the lane at the side of the house directly oppisite opposite the pub. Follow this track through the valley. As the track comes into open countryside and begins to climb uphill towards the road take the footpath which leads off to the left, staying below the road and coming out just above the Fish House restaurant with Chilgrove Green in front of you. Retrace your steps across the green to arrive back at Chilgrove farmhouse.

Kingley Vale

This is a national nature reserve which contains one of the finest yew forests in Europe. It is also one of the most important archaeological sites in southern England with 14 ancient monuments. It is a long walk but possible from Chilgrove along the length of Bow hill before dropping down into the grove of ancient yews in the vale. Alternatively, for an easier stroll drive to the designated carpark at West Stoke and take the clearly marked footpath. It is a magical place which according to folklore was planted by the Vikings to commemorate a battle fought there in the 9th century. the vale has a mystical and eerie atmosphere and the yew grove at twilight is no place for the faint-hearted ! The walk to the top of Bow hill is well worth the effort. The reward is the magnificent view across Chichester, and Chichester plain to the harbour and the sea. The Isle of Wight may also be in view on a clear day


 
   
   
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