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Kingley Vale

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Address: Chichester, England
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Amazing Ancient Yew Forest

A lovely day was spent roaming around the reserve, looking at the wonderful amazing Yew trees. A steeper than expected climb to the top to look at the views was obscured by fog... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Citygirl058
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely day was spent roaming around the reserve, looking at the wonderful amazing Yew trees. A steeper than expected climb to the top to look at the views was obscured by fog, but it was still a pleasant experience. The only downside is the lack of toilet facilities, but hey, going au naturel was with the spirit of the... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are two free car park options, of which both filling up quickly at weekends and half term times, so early birds certainly have an advantage. You park up either at the North West corner of Kingley Vale at Stroughton Down or at Stoke Farm at the very South of Kingley Vale. Both car parks require at least 30-45minutes walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I love to do this walk early in the morning in a nice sunny day as you cannot beat the view from the top looking over all of Chichester. We always take the dogs who love it and it can be strenuous walk in places depending on the route you take, they can vary in steepness, but... More 

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Kingley vale seems miles from any road. A walk from Stoke along a pedestrianised road leads to the nature reserve. It's a secluded vale with a very steep walk up the centre (though it is possible to walk around the outside on a more gentle slope). At the top are neolithic barrows and unbeatable views to North and Sout

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1 Thank PeterbloLondon
Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I started from the West Stoke car park but it may be approached from many directions. Whichever route you take it is worth the effort to enjoy the spectacular views when you reach the top. Reward yourself at the many good pubs in the area.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is an odd, quiet spot that captures the imagination in a number of curious ways. The vale is home to a large number of ancient Yew trees which create dark and gnarly spaces to explore and ponder in. Then, there is a bowl shaped area with a dew pond which offers a number of uphill routes from gentle to... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The highlight of this place is the ancient ewe trees, some of which are estimated to be over a thousand years old. In addition, the views from the top of the downs are stunning, weather permitting.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is a great place to walk and I remember it fondly from younger years with my siblings and parents. Lots of great trees to climb too!

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Had a look on trip advisor for things to do near me, saw this recommended. Completed the nature reserve walk, found out that firstly, I am completely out of shape! But made it to the top, glad I did, great views and perfect picture opportunities. Interesting information whilst walking round. Great for the dog. Advise to wear wellie boots, as... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Great walk over the Downs startingg at West Stoke, through the glorious woods with views over Chichester Catherdral and along the coast to the Isle of Wight (on a clear day) The half way mark is the Hare and Hounds pub at Stoughton (highly recommended) and then back over the Downs. English countryside at it gentle splendidness

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