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Walks near Poplars Farmhouse


The following description of walks close to Poplars Farmhouse were kindly provided by the previous owners:


  • To the Bell pub and restaurant 1⁄2 hour. Out of drive turn left then immediately right over little bridge past the greenhouses. Turn right onto track and right again when you reach the main road, in Somerley, Bell Lane. Wear boots if wet , path unlit at night.


  • To the Earnley Butterfly Gardens 1⁄2 hour. Turn left out of gate towards Earnley. Nice leg stretch, unusual experience to have huge butterflies rest on you, good playground, mercifully small wreck museum, push chair friendly, excellent tea and a tempting range of cakes!


  • Walks by the sea or harbour in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Drive first to West Wittering, about 4 miles. Out of gate turn right then left at Birdham Rd. Then right at roundabout and right again in West Wittering following the brown signs. Its £2 in winter and as much as £8 in the summer for the car park but the scenery is magnificent with views across the harbour to the Downs and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. You can walk right round East Head enjoying the harbour activities. You may see seals and porpoises. Best at low tide with vast expanses of sand, enough to tire the lustiest dog.  Alternatively park at the junction of Rookwood Farm lane as you enter West Wittering and walk, keep left at first, to the end to pick up the harbourside path, best at high tide.  Turn left to bring you back to West Wittering by way of Roman Landing. Because you have now done most of a circle you are quite near your car. Pub, The Old House at Home.  Turn right to bring you round to Itchenor. Pub, the Ship Inn but you are far from your car. Both of these walks take about 1-1⁄4 hours and have rightly been praised as the most beautiful in England. Last time I saw an egret and an oystercatcher. 


  • Several walks from Itchenor along the harbourside path.  You can walk from Itchenor to Birdham Pool and Chichester Marina going a little more inland and from there cross the lock gates and walk to Dell Quay, Pub the Crown and Anchor. The walk from the Marina to Dell Quay is about 40 minutes, easy going, best before sunset.


  • From the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay northwards alongside the harbour it’s a very pretty 45 minute walk to the Bulls Head at Fishbourne.  Alternatively from the Marina follow the canal to Donnington. This section of the towpath offers wonderful views across the fields to Chichester cathedral, exactly as painted by Turner. Turn right at the Selsey Rd. road-bridge for the Blacksmiths Arms or walk on another 20 minutes to Hunston, turn right for The Spotted Cow. (Famous for roast Sunday lunch).  If you see a blue flash, that was a kingfisher.  There is a car park conveniently close to the canal as you drive out of Hunston towards Chichester and from Hunston it is a short 20 minute walk alongside the canal into the centre of Chichester. Bus 51 every 15 minutes back.


  • For a longer walk try the Crab and Lobster gastro pub in Sidlesham next to Pagham harbour about 1 1⁄2 hours. Left out of the gate then left again up the side of the farm and along the edge of the fields following the footpath signs past a white house to Easton Lane. You may see a herd of wild deer. Turn left toward Sidlesham and at the first junction turn right past the school. At the junction with the main Selsey Road turn right and soon turn left down Mill Lane (note the attractively converted Wesleyan church) to Pagham harbour. The harbour is a bird reserve and you can walk nearly all round it, take binoculars and a bird book.


  • Walks along the South Downs Way are always rewarding with mysterious Neolithic tombs and magnificent views of the Channel and the Solent. Park at the top of Cocking hill on the A286 Midhurst Rd. Walk west and come down to Elstead about 2 1⁄2 hours.


  • Bow Hill near West Stoke is particularly well worth the climb but The Trundle at Goodwood offers similar views and is much easier to access. It inspired the poet and painter William Blake to write "And did those feet in ancient time, walk upon England's mountains green,"


  • A walk around the inlet and Bosham. Be careful not to park below the high tide line. Very pretty walking, ancient pier head warehouse and a charming church with interesting gravestones, nice pub too. (Anchor Bleu) In the summer a ferry for foot passengers and cyclists operates between Itchenor and the end of a footpath (Smugglers Lane) to Bosham. Walk takes from 35 to 60 minutes. Suggest you park in Bosham and walk and ferry to Itchenor for lunch or vice-versa