Walk 7 - Walking In The Shadow Of The Downs

  • DATE: Saturday 18 February 2023

  • TIME: 10.00 

  • 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. 


Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Gentle rolling landscape, walking on paths with good to average surfaces. Some gentle slopes

Dogs on Lead Welcome

Walk Leader

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.