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Ebernoe Common and Balls Cross Circular

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Ebernoe Common and Balls Cross Circular is a 7.7 kilometer loop trail located near Petworth, West Sussex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 256 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips





wild flowers

A figure-of-eight walk around the woodland pasture of Ebernoe Common, just north of Petworth in West Sussex. The common, a National Nature Reserve managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust, is a wonderful dense ancient woodland with smaller patches of scrub and grassland. You will discover beautiful old oak and beech trees, long stretches of peaceful woodland paths, a classic village pub plus a lily-covered lake. There is plenty of history and wildlife along the way too. As the walk is almost entirely in woodland with few landmarks, navigation will be tricky so the app's live GPS map will be particularly helpful. The route includes a few gentle gradients throughout, plus one steeper section. The surfaces are almost all un-made woodland paths which can be very muddy after periods of rain (and wellingtons are recommended for the winter months). Some stretches are very narrow and can be a little overgrown in summer. There is a total of just less than a mile of road walking along quiet country lanes, so take care of traffic on these stretches. The central part of the common woodland is used for grazing cattle, although the woodland is dense and the area is very large so you could easily miss the cattle altogether. You will need to negotiate several bridle gates, kissing gates, sleeper bridges, fallen trees, steps plus one stile (that has a very large fence gap which should be suitable for any dog to pass through). Dogs are welcome in the woodland, as long as they are under close control. Allow 2.5 hours.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Started and of course ended at the pub in Bells Cross, where they do a decent lunch ( and a welcome ale). This walk is very easy with no uphills to speak of, and the directions easy to follow.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Great walk, even in February! Though I know the area well it's nice to have a purpose and I love spooky Ebernoe. There's nowhere quite like it!

mountain biking
2 months ago

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