It was cold at the start of our 5½ mile walk this morning. However, the early mist gradually cleared, the sun came out and the temperature rose. Those wearing jackets became too hot. At the top of a hill there was a collective stripping off.
We started from the car park in Petworth Park and headed SE past Lower Pond towards the house. From here we circled round the southern end of Upper Pond and continued to Upperton where we left the park and walked through the hamlet on Upperton Road. By the folly we stopped in the small lay-by for refreshment.
The second part of the walk went across Upperton Common on a footpath that followed the contour lines and brought us out near Pitshill to a junction with a bridleway. We turned left and then branched right (south) on the new footpath by the lodge. Pitshill House was encased in scaffolding. We turned left (east) and walked through Nyetimber vineyard back to Upperton.
From Upperton we entered Petworth Park again and headed north back to the car park. On a clear day there are superb views on this route.
Map: OS X 133