A 3 mile circular walk through Slindon Park, an ancient estate set within the South Downs in West Sussex.

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Walk details

This short circular walk explores the Slindon Estate’s medieval deer park and unspoiled downland village in the South Downs National Park.

There’s something for everyone on this varied walk, with woodland flowers in spring, plenty of wildlife, ancient beech trees and the charming brick and flint houses of Slindon village itself.

The Forge community cafe and shop provides the perfect place for refreshments en route. The walk has just a few gentle slopes and the paths are generally well-made, although some of the woodland paths can get very muddy after periods of rain.

There are no stiles or gates to negotiate, just a couple of steps but the paths are very uneven in places. One section of the walk follows village roads where there are no pavements, so take care of any traffic at these points. The entire walk should take you around 1 to 1.5 hours.

Slindon is a small village located around 6 miles east of Chichester and 2 miles west of Arundel in West Sussex. The village is accessed from the A29, close to its junction with the A27. The walk starts and finishes from the free National Trust car park on Park Lane. Approximate post code BN18 0QY.

TOG VERDICT: Beautiful mixture of woodland, downland, farmland and parkland; with stunning woodland flowers in spring, butterfly displays in summer, colour explosions in autumn, and frosty sunrises in winter.