Heavy rain was forecast for the afternoon but, if any fell, it did so after we had returned home.
Seventeen of us met at Walderton for the figure of eight walk. The leaders took us east in the morning (six miles) and west in the afternoon (four miles). Daffodils and primroses were at their best. Clouds, absent at the start of the walk, slowly gathered. The views in the morning were superb.
The morning route went east along the Monarch’s Way with a detour along a minor road and bridleway to avoid a muddy section by a farm. In woodland we turned right on a bridleway to head south and then branched right again (SW) to pass the Devil’s Humps. Here we stopped for refreshment and to admire the view towards Chichester. The spire of the cathedral was just visible through the haze. We continued on bridleways and made our way back to Walderton for lunch.
In the afternoon we headed west on the Monarch’s Way to Stansted Park then turned south on a bridleway to join a footpath and return back to Walderton via Park Lane and Lordington.
The Octagon Way is an eighteen mile circular walk in the South Downs devised in 2012. It links villages in the Octagon Parish, one of which is Walderton, and starts from Stansted Park. The route description includes eight shorter walks in the area.
Map: OS X 120