Thirty-two arrived for the ten mile walk. We set off from the NT car park near South Harting by the South Downs Way and headed SE on a bridleway through woodland. Mud was dry and primroses were in flower. We crossed the B2141, turned SW and then continued south to pass Handle Down and reach Long Lane. Here we took a footpath that went SE to East Marden where we stopped for coffee and looked inside the church.
After our break we walked briefly east along the lane to a footpath that took us to Hillbarn where we turned left and then branched right on another footpath. We passed Bow Hill Farm and continued SE on a bridleway. In the distance we could see the white stands of Goodwood. At a junction with another bridleway we turned left, headed downhill to the B2141, crossed this, took a footpath that went NW to a bridleway, Phylliswood Lane, which took us to Hooksway and The Royal Oak, our stop for lunch. As we walked along Phylliswood Lane we saw a red kite circling above us.
We set off again and headed uphill on the narrow lane and turned right (north) on a byway. At a junction with a bridleway on the left we turned onto the bridleway and continued north to pass Telegraph House and join the South Downs Way. We reached the top of Beacon Hill and paused to look at the panorama before walking down the steep hill to the SDW at the bottom. Continuing west on the SDW we returned to the car park.
Map: OS X 120