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Kingley Vale - the oldest yews in England?

A leisurely walk (countryside) in national park South Downs in West Sussex, England, about 9.50km (5.90 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 298m (977ft)
Descent 156m (511ft)
Max. Elevation 210m (688ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 454m (1488ft)
Start & End
Mid Lavant
Distance 9.50km
Duration ~3:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 08 Jul 2008
This walk in West Sussex passes through Kingley Vale, a site famous for its yew trees - claimed to be the oldest in the country, and one of the largest surviving yew forests in the world. It's a beautiful place, easily reached from the town of Chichester, and there are also great views of the South Downs from Bow Hill on the way round.

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OS Grid SU857086
The walk starts in Mid Lavant, easily reached by bus from Chichester. Alternatively, walk from Chichester along the Centurion Way, a traffic free cycle route that runs along a disused railway. From the village, head along a quiet road towards West Stoke via Trumley.
OS Grid SU825087
In West Stoke, take the footpath heading north past the car park. This takes you directly to Kingley Vale.
About 3.19 km (~1.98 miles) from
OS Grid SU824099
The path leads into the mysterious woodland of Kingley Vale, owned by English Nature. They also run a visitor centre with more information about Kingley Vale: http://www.english-nature.org.uk/special/nnr/nnr_details.asp?NNR_ID=93
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SU825112
Follow the path through Kingley Vale onto Bow Hill, with great views of the surrounding hills.
About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid SU801113
From Bow Hill, head north until the path meets the Monarch's Way. Here, head west towards the village of Stoughton. Stop at the Hare and Hounds for a pint if time allows (it usually does!)
About 2.32 km (~1.44 miles) from
OS Grid SU812104
From Stoughton, take the bridleway heading southeast back to West Stoke. Continue on from here back to Mid Lavant by the same route, or if you are coming by train, you can take the West Stoke road straight into Chichester. It can get busy, but there is space to safely walk on the roadside verge.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from

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