Washington to The Old Workshop Café at Sullington Loop
8.2km – 5.1 miles Difficulty – Medium
Parking: There is a small car park in Washington which is normally quiet. what3words location – ///instance.safely.yield
This walk takes you from the small village of Washington up onto the South Downs Way, before heading back down a chalk path to Sullington Manor Farm, where there is a café located in The Old Workshop. St Mary’s Church is also located here, which is worth visiting. The walk then takes you back on the lower path along the base of the South Downs, back to Washington.
The Old Workshop Café en route
1. The walk starts in Washington village, which is located just off the A283. There is a small car park on the right just as you turn into the village from the A283 if you are approaching from the Washington roundabout. You can usually find a space here but there is also on-street parking if the car park is full. From the car park, head towards the village until you reach the Frankland Arms pub. Here take a right up School Lane, which starts to ascend upwards. Follow School Lane as it passes Washington Village Hall and starts to turn the corner. When the lane reaches a T junction, head right and continue on this lane past St Mary’s Church.
2. Once you have passed the Church, head over the bridge, taking you over the A24. Continue straight ahead after crossing the bridge. When the path forks, take the path to the left.
3. When you reach the signpost, take the path to the left which starts to head uphill. Continue along this path, which is full of wild garlic in the spring. Where the path slightly forks, keep to the right.
4. You will then head into a more open field, along a path with fencing either side. Head up this path as it ascends and admire the views as you go!
5. Continue ascending and then follow the South Downs Way signs until you reach a T-junction. Here take the path to the right and continue on the South Downs Way, passing through the gate shown below.
6. Just before you reach a barn, take the path to the right, which takes you down a chalk path. Follow this path for a while as it gradually descends.
7. The path eventually brings you out at a small farm, where there are often cows in the pen if they are not out in the fields! Continue straight ahead, which will take you further downhill until eventually you will come out at Sullington Manor Farm.
8. Here you will find St Mary’s Church on your left and The Old Workshop Café straight ahead. This is a perfect spot for refreshments and there is indoor and outdoor seating. They are usually open Friday – Sunday from Easter to the end of September, but best to check their website or social media first!
9. From the café, slightly backtrack and head back in the direction you came, to the signpost, then taking the path to the left (which would have been the path to the right as you were heading down the hill). Continue along this path, crossing over the gallops and then head through the wooden gate, which takes you along a path between a row of trees.
10. At the end of this path, take a right at the T junction and follow the narrow path as it then turns left.
11. Head through the wooden gate, which brings you out onto a large open field. Continue along the path through the field for a while, before turning left at the end, and shortly afterwards turning right.
12. Once you reach the signpost, take a right, which brings you out onto the road where you originally started, just before heading up the hill past the wild garlic. Continue back along this road, shown below and back across the bridge.
13. Retrace your footsteps back past the Church, turning left shortly afterwards down School Lane, and following this lane back round past the Village Hall until you reach the Frankland Arms.
Nice easy to follow route with a good stop for a tea from the cafe
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