GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harting Down

3 miles (5.5 km)

This large area of chalk downland on the South Downs is managed by the National Trust.
It's a wonderful place to go for a walk with splendid views over the downs and an abundance of flora and fauna. The area is covered with wild herbs, wild flowers and pyramidal orchids attracting butterflies such as the Duke of Burgundy fritillary and the Grizzled Skipper.
This circular walk starts in the National Trust car park and follows the South Downs Way to Beacon Hill - the highest point on Harting Down. The route then heads to Little Round Down where you will follow woodland trails through a large area of Yew woodland. Look out for wren, thrush and finchin this area. The final section climbs Harting Hill through more woodland to return you to the car park.
It's a splendid area with fabulous views across the Weald, the North Downs and towards the coast and the Isle of Wight. Look out for Fallow deer, Turtle Dove and Skylark on the downs.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but you can mountain bike across Harting Down on the South Downs Way from the car park to Beacon Hill.

Postcode

GU31 5PN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Harting Down OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Harting Down Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head north west into the village of South Harting and you can visit the White Hart for some post walk refreshment. The village pub has bags of character and a very good menu. Outside there's a delightful garden area where you can relax on a summer day. You can find them at a postcode of GU31 5QB for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and downland are ideal for a dog walk. You'll probably meet other owners on a fine day. The White Hart pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In the village of South Harting you could pay a visit to the National Trust's Uppark House and Garden. Here you'll find a fine 17th century Goergian House surrounded by lovely gardesn with views of the English Channel. The author H.G Wells stayed in the house during the late 19th century. The class divisions he observed here inspired his socialist views which later manifested themselves in work such as 'The Time Machine'. You can find the house at postcode GU31 5QR.
A few miles to the west you can visit one of the area's major highlights at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There's 2000 acres of attractive woodland and parkland with miles of cycling and walking trails to try. The pretty village of a href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/buriton-walking-route'>Buriton with its 18th century pub is also located near here.

Photos

South Harting from Harting Down - geograph.org.uk - 66571

South Harting from Harting Down. Looking north-west from the Down over the village of South Harting.

Seat with a view from Harting Down - geograph.org.uk - 2415616

Seat with a view

On Harting Downs - geograph.org.uk - 2410970

On Harting Downs

On Round Down, Harting Downs - geograph.org.uk - 2415628

On Round Down

South Downs Way passing over Round Down - geograph.org.uk - 946592

Round Down with Beacon Hill in the distance

On Top of Beacon Hill. - geograph.org.uk - 176512

On Top of Beacon Hill. Heathery grassland on top of the South Downs. Looking east to Cross Dykes and the scarp slope of the Downs.

Bramshott Bottom junction with Whitcombe Bottom - geograph.org.uk - 946504

Bramshott Bottom junction with Whitcombe Bottom

Harting Hill - geograph.org.uk - 45428

Harting Hill. Meadow between the woods on the South Downs.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Harting Down.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)