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Bracken's Birthday Walk

A seven mile round walk taking in part of the South Downs Way, near Halnaker in West Sussex, with fabulous views down to the coast. A dog only has one birthday for every seven of ours, so it's only fair that the most is made of it! This walk was chosen for Bracken's 7th birthday because... well frankly we needed a good excuse and although pretty close to us, we had never done it (and nor had Bracken). Starting from the eastern ends of what is known locally as 'The Benges', it just looked like it was going to be a good walk with views. And that certainly turned out to be the case. En route there are three seats, each with stunning views, one of them a masterpiece of carpentry!

The walk has several long and steady climbs and descents throughout. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate several gates. You may come across livestock on some of the open downland (often behind electric fencing) so take care with dogs. Allow 3.5 hours.

The 'Benges' runs east along a ridge on the South Downs from the Goodwood horse racecourse. The road is in fact called Selhurstpark Road. The most direct route is to take the A285 from Halnaker towards Petworth. After leaving Halnaker and driving for 2.8 miles, Selhurstpark Road is on the left. Turn left onto it and the parking area is immediately on the left. The Lat/Lng of the parking is 50.899741/-0.666196. Nearest post code GU28 0LZ.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Bracken's Birthday Walk This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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Location (Map)

West Marden Southern Loop
Washington Southern Loop