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Walk the Heath Week

Walk the Heath Week

18 August 2018 to 26 August 2018

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Get to know inspiring South Downs’ heaths on a series of free guided walks led by South Downs National Park Rangers and local experts, between Saturday 18 August and Friday 24 August 2018. This walking festival is organised by the Heathlands Reunited project – a partnership of 11 like-minded organisations led by the South Downs National Park Authority. See the timetable for the week below, please let us know which walk you will be joining by emailing

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This interactive event will teach or build on existing knowledge of orienteering and navigation. You will gain skills and confidence in using maps and accessing heathland. All maps and instructions provided.

Where: Ludshott Common – Headley Road, Nr Headley Down, Hampshire, GU26 6JG Closest Bus Stop: Headly Down/Hammer Lane. Stagecoach 18 from Aldershot and Haslemere.  Grid Reference: SU 85260 35815 (Car Park) Walk Leader: Kirstie Betts (Pied A Terre Adventures)


Starting at Older Hill, heading across Woolbeding Common and then down to the River Rother to make a circuit. Slightly longer than the average health walk.

Time: 10.00am – 13:00pm Address: Woolbeding Countryside, National Trust Older Hill Car Park, Woolbeding, West Sussex, GU29 0QQ  Length and Duration: 5.5 miles. 2.5 hours Pace of Walk: Gentle/Leisurely Grid Reference: SU 86967 26033 (Car Park) Walk Leader: Fiona Scully (National Trust)

Tuesday 21st August – HERITAGE WALK WALK

Find out about the cultural history of heaths, how they are maintained today to ensure their survival. We’ll also look at historical features.

Time: 10.30am -12.30pm Address: Chapel Common, Liss, West Sussex, GU33 7JN Closest Bus Stop: Coldharbour. Stagecoach 737 from Petersfield and Liphook Length and Duration: 2.5 Miles. 2 Hours Pace of Walk: Gentle Pace Grid Reference: SU 81263 28147 Walk Leader: Alison Pitts (Ranger) . From Liss; take the B2070 towards Liphook, then the second left hand turn after Rake CE Primary School. Parking is available along this road

Tuesday 21st August – WILDLIFE DOG WALK

Meet the dog ambassador and join us with your dog as we tell you all about the importance of wildlife and how you and your pooch can help us protect it on your every day walk. We might even see the cows

Start time: 08.45am Address: Forest Rd, Liss GU33 7BX Closest Bus Stop: Pine Walk. Stagecoach 38 from Alton and Petersfield Length and Duration: 3 miles. 1.5 hours Pace of Walk: Moderate Grid Reference: SU 78101 29304 Walk Leader: Guy Mason (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)  Forest Road car park. From the A3 exit onto the B3006 then right onto Forest Road. Approx. 1 mile to the car park


A gentle circular walk taking in a variety of wildlife, with views of the open heaths and rolling downland landscapes.

Start time: 11.00am Address: Lords Piece, Fittleworth, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1EU Closest Bus Stop: Compass 99 from Chichester and Petworth Length and Duration: 1.3 miles. 1.5 hours Pace of Walk: Gentle Pace Grid Reference: SU 98997 17368 (Car Park) Walk Leader: Charles Winchester (Ranger) Car Park off Coates Lane.


This is a day walk passing through some beautiful heathland areas and countryside at the foot of the downs. Finishing at the pub.

Start time: 08.00am Address: The Greyhound Inn, Cocking Causeway, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9QH Closest Bus Stop: The Greyhound. Stagecoach 60 from Midhurst and Chichester Length and Duration: 14.5 miles. 8 hours Pace of Walk: Gentle Pace Grid Reference: SU 88242 19672 Walk Leader: Dan Cornell (Ranger) ACCESSIBILITY: Medium to steep gradients in parts. This walk is suitable for experienced walkers only. This route is not pushchair or wheelchair accessible. The ground is un even underfoot. FACILITIES: Toilets and Car Park at the Greyhound Inn for patrons only

Friday 24th August – AMBERSHAM AMBLE WALK

A circular walk around the SSSI site Ambersham Common, taking in some of the key management techniques that keep the habitat and wildlife thriving. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on all walks. This event is funded through our Heritage Lottery Funded project Heathlands Reunited.

Time: 11.00am -12.30pm Address: Ambersham Common, New Road, Midhurst, GU29 0BZ Closest Bus Stop: Hoyle Crossroads. Compass 96 from Midhurst and Northchapel. Length and Duration: 1 mile. 1.5 hours Pace of Walk: Gentle Pace Grid Reference: SU 91377 19658 (Car Park) Walk Leader: Kate Dziubinska (Ranger) ACCESSIBILITY: Suitable for pushchairs and trampers, but not wheelchairs. No gates or stiles on the route but some paths are rutted and steep. Parts of the route are very sandy. FACILITIES: No public toilets within Ambersham common. Free Car Park


Start: 18 August 2018
End: 26 August 2018
Booking: Booking is essential, please contact to book your space or call 01730 819320.
Admission: Free

Location Details

Organiser Details

Organiser's Name Freya Thorpe
Organiser's Email
Organiser's Telephone 01730 819320

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