An undulating loop that starts on quiet country lanes before climbing through a forest to the top of Highdown Hill, and then descending back to the village with splendid views of the coast and downs. This is a good year-round walk, though some stretches may be muddy in winter. There is one road crossing about halfway through.
5mi / 8km
Start / finish
The Square, Angmering
Various free options around Village Green
- Start at The Square and walk up Water Lane for about a quarter of a mile on the left side, then turn left into Dappers Lane (1).
- Continue all the way up Dappers Lane. As you near the top, the road gently ascends, then goes down in a sweeping curve under the A27.
- Once you’ve gone under the bridge, turn right (2) onto Arundel Road and follow it up. Soon after passing the Fox pub on your left, there’s a break in the hedge with a scenic view of Highdown Hill, which is where you’re headed.
- Keep following the road down until you reach the World’s End pub on the left. Opposite the pub there is a turning off to the right (3) – go down it, past the iron gate, passing back under the A27.
- Turn left up the gently ascending footpath (4) and follow it all the way to the top, before crossing the road to the right, and joining another footpath immediately opposite (5).
- After this short path you’ll reach a track – turn right (6).
- This track takes you up the north side of Highdown Hill. About halfway up you’ll notice the sound of the A27 has been replaced by birdsong, and you’ll be surrounded by thick forest.
- As you near the top of the track you’ll pass between two concrete blocks, and shortly after that, the trees open up into grassy hillside. There are great views of the coast directly in front, and over to the left you can see Cissbury Ring, and further in the distance (on a clear day), Chanctonbury Ring.
- Bear right, and then right again (7), keeping the chalk pit immediately to your right, and then keep going straight up, until you see a trig point through the trees. This area was once an Iron Age fort – the ramparts are still clearly visible.
- Passing the trig point, follow the path straight down, heading towards the (sail-less) windmill in the distance. Go through the gate (8) and keep following the path down, until you reach a sharp left.
- Follow the narrow path down between the fences, with the windmill on your right, and at the bottom turn right (9).
- The stony track soon turns into a tarmac lane – follow it all the way to the bottom, bearing left, then right, then right again, until the path forks. Take the left option (10), going over the bridge that straddles the bypass, and after the bridge turn right.
- Soon you’ll pass the Spotted Cow pub on your right, then you can join the High Street (11), which takes you back to the village centre.
The numbered images below correspond to the above directions.