Woolbeding Common Circular Walk

Midhurst Woolbeding Common Circular Walk

Distance – 7.03 km – 4.37 miles    Difficulty – Medium

Pub: Duke of Cumberland halfway round

Car Park: Woolbeding Car park, signpost to Older Hill, Midhurst, car park is on the right-hand side. what3words – ///exonerate.clots.primed

This walk starts from Woolbeding Older Hill car park and is a circular route with a stop at the Duke of Cumberland Pub along the way. This walk takes you on the Serpent Trail and Lipchis Way and has a great display of nature, wildlife and woodland. In Spring, there are many bluebells along the route, as well as butterflies, lovely forests and open fields as well as plenty of birds. There are some quite steep inclines and declines, so wear appropriate footwear.

Map – We used the Haslemere & Petersfield OS Map (OL 33). This should be used in conjunction with the instructions and plotted route below

Route Map

Route Directions

  1. You will need the OL33 map for this walk. From the car park, follow the trail to the left of the main information board, which should have the Serpent Trail sticker on it. Until you reach the pub, you will be following the Serpent Trail purple signs all the way, but it is recommended to take the map with you.

woolbeding common midhurst signpost

2. Follow the Serpent path and eventually, you will see the Serpent’s on both your left and right-hand side

serpent trail snake

3. Keep following the path along the Serpent Trail, where it meets a road, turn right to keep on the Serpent Trail.

serpent trail woolbeding

4. Walk down this road for a bit until you reach another Serpent Trail signpost, pointing to the left. Take this to keep on the Serpent Trail

serpent trail woolbeding

5. Follow this path and you will reach some farm buildings on your right at Scotland Farmhouse. The path that we will take goes straight over a stile and through an open field.

woolbeding stile

6. At the opposite end of the field, you will see the signpost to keep following.

woolbeding circular walk path

7. Follow this signpost, eventually, there will be a path to take on your left-hand side signposted by the Serpent Trail and take this path.

woolbeding serpent trail sign

8. This path has some wonderful views! Keep following this path, you will come to some log stacks and we found lots of bluebells here in the Spring. Keep following the Serpent Trail, this should take you through a drive of a house, quite a sharp right turn, and up a little pathway into a wood.

woolbeding verdley edge

9. This path will eventually come out onto the A286 which you will have to cross to the footpath directly opposite. Follow this path down some steps and into the village of Henley. Turn left and the Duke of Cumberland is on your left-hand side.

lane to duke of cumberland sussex

10. We enjoyed a lovely pub lunch at the Duke of Cumberland, after this, we turned left out of the pub to walk down the lane. You will come across a signpost on your left-hand side to go over a little bridge.

woolbeding walk

11. Follow this path through Henley Copse, eventually, you will see a signpost on your left-hand side. Take this to go through Henley Common and keep to the right which brings you back onto the A286 again.

woolbeding sigpost

12. The footpath you want to take is directly across from the A286, which also has lots of house signs on it. Cross the road and go down the lane.

a286 road

13. Keep on this lane for a while, until you reach a couple of house signs on your left (see image below) and turn left down the lane. You will see fields on your left, some of which may have sheep in.

woolbeding walk

14. Eventually there will be a signpost on your left-hand side. Take this path.

15. Keep following this path until you reach another signpost, and then turn right.

16. This path will take you first through some woodland and then slightly uphill past a wonderful oak tree. At the top, keep following the path straight on, to go through the forest. The path eventually becomes the Lipchis way.

17. Follow this path straight through the forest, at the end, you will come to a gate. Go through the gate and there will be a house on your right and the path will become more like a lane.

18. Follow this lane and you can take a path on your right which will give you the views of Woolbeding, rather than just walking straight back along the road. Keep following the path or the road and it will bring you back to the car park.

woolbeding common view

Check out our Midhurst guide for more things to do in the area!


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