Walk 7 - Walking In The Shadow Of The Downs
DATE: Saturday 18 February 2023
START LOCATION: Iping Common Car Park
POST CODE/GRID REF: GU29 0PB; SU852 220
DISTANCE: 8 miles
DURATION: 4 hours (including breaks)
This is a mostly flat, easy, figure of 8 walk in the shadow of the Downs. There are few places more beautiful than the churchyard of St Mary’s Bepton to have a coffee mid-way through a walk. The pastoral scene of sheep lazily grazing the field leading up to the Down has not changed in centuries. The local area’s sheep farming heritage helps explain why this small, rural church is one of a couple locally known as Shepherd’s churches.
Malinka from Rural Strides is a co-organiser of the walking festival. Rural Strides was set up to promote the beauty and variety of the local Weald and Downland area, as a walking destination close to London. With a wealth of knowledge of local routes, hidden gems and where to find nature at its best in every season, Rural Strides is your ideal walking companion for the Hampshire/West Sussex borderlands.