GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kingley Vale Walks

4 miles (7 km)

Enjoy a walk around this interesting and beautiful Nature Reserve in the South Downs, near Chichester. There are well defined paths with fabulous views over the South Downs towards the south coast. The reserve also contains one of the finest yew forests in Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain.
If you have time you could continue your walk west along the Monarch's Way to Stoughton where you can buy refreshments at the local pub. Near you will find Stansted Park where you will find a fine 1800 acre park surrounding the EdwardianStansted House. It's a great place to extend your walk with nice trails to follow around the park and through the adjacent Stansted Forest.

Postcode

PO18 9BE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Horse and Groom is located just to the south of the car park in the village of East Ashling. The 17th century pub is housed in an historic former blacksmith’s shop. There's a charming interior with a number of decorative items including a striking metre-high bronze horse and jockey sculpture in the entrance hall, an 1840 chestnut serving table from the mountainous area of Andalusia in southern Spain, and an apple green baker’s counter bar that was bought from the Cognac region of France. They serve good quality food in the dining room which includes a number of early 20th century paintings and contemporary art.Outside there's also a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode PO18 9AX for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The vale is a splendid place for a dog walk so expect to see other owners on your visit. The Horse and Groom mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south east from the site and you will soon come to the delightful town of Chichester. Here you can pick up the Chichester Canal Walk and the Chichester Harbour Walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Downs Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Yew woods, Kingley Vale - geograph.org.uk - 763626

Light and shade in a yew wood at Kingley Vale, West Sussex. The black post on the right is a 'nature trail' route marker. The trail leads through the older yews, up through the younger yews on the hillside up to the barrows on Bow Hill.

Footpath to West Stoke car park - geograph.org.uk - 763681

Footpath to West Stoke car park. This footpath leads from Kingley Vale NNR to the public car park at West Stoke, and is lovingly fenced in on both sides with barbed wire. A sign at the far end of the path instructs cyclists to use the bridleway to Kingley Vale (a little further to the west) but the tyre tracks on the path are a sign that the sign is routinely ignored.

The Devil's Humps - geograph.org.uk - 9292

The Devil's Humps. These are two of four large iron/bronze age barrows atop Bow Hill. On the south side of this hill is an ancient Yew forest, Kingley Vale, a legend tells that this was the burial site of Danish kings killed in battle.

The Tansley Stone, Kingley Vale - geograph.org.uk - 1503530

The Tansley Stone. The vale is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve, renowned for its groves of yew trees and the species rich scrub and chalk grassland in between. Taken on the top of the Reserve this stone commemorates Sir Arthur Tansley, anEnglishbotanistand a pioneer in the science ofecology.

Sunken lane, Kingley Vale - geograph.org.uk - 1503612

Sunken lane. Under the dense and interlocking yew trees little or nothing grows, and with little to attract birds or animals those parts of the woods have an eerie stillness.

Kingley Vale - geograph.org.uk - 1503550

View from the vale. Looking towards Chichester from the footpath.

Kingley Vale - geograph.org.uk - 1503510

Taken from the top of the Reserve from near the Tansley Stone looking across the site towards West Stoke with Fareham and the English Channel beyond in the distance.

Main entrance to Kingley Vale Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1095982

Main entrance to the reserve. The wooden sculpture and information hut are here.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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