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Moonlight Cottage Cocking and Heyshott Walk

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South Downs National Park

Moonlight Cottage Cocking and Heyshott Walk is a 3.8 mile loop trail located near Midhurst, West Sussex, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 731 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking River Views Historic site Pub walk
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A circular walk from Moonlight Cottage in Cocking, West Sussex in the heart of the South Downs. Moonlight Cottage is a wonderful B&B (open all year) and tea room (open March to September) offering walkers a perfect base for weekends away or simply some much needed refreshments after a day of walking. The walking route heads north through Hoe Copse to reach the nearby village of Heyshott before returning across the rolling fields. There are lovely views across the patchwork hills of the Downs throughout and lots of wildlife to enjoy in the woodlands. The route has a few steady climbs and descents throughout. In terms of obstacles there are some gates, two stiles (both with open fencing gaps suitable for most dogs), some steps and a couple of narrow footbridges to negotiate. There are also a couple of sections of walking on quiet country/village lanes so take care of any traffic at these points. The walk follows mainly unmade woodland and field paths which, whilst generally firm, can become quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. Some of the paths across fields can become obscured by crops before harvest. You may come across sheep and/or horses in a couple of the fields so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

Cocking is located on the A286, just 3 miles south of Midhurst in West Sussex. The walk starts and finishes from Moonlight Cottage B&B and Tea Room, which is located on the main A286 road, on the left-hand side if you are travelling south from Midhurst. Moonlight Cottage has its own small car park alongside which day walkers are welcome to use if they are visiting the tea room before or after their walk. If this car park is full, there are additional spaces behind The Malthouse (on the opposite side of the road - turn down the lane marked public footpath and History Column) which is also managed by the owners of Moonlight Cottage. Approximate post code GU29 0HN.

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Janet Lambert
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Hiking

Really nice. Very dry tiday but could get really sticky in places. Easy to follow (trust the public footpath signs)

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Phil Stevenson
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Hiking

Cracking walk with perfectly placed benches for lunch

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Ashten JH
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Walking

Small but cute trail broken up into lots of different sections - fields, forest, village, and rolling hills. A gentle walk, so we linked it with a longer trail up around Cocking Hill.

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Natalie Corbett
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HikingMuddy

Really lovely walk to do with the dog, lots of big off lead sections for a proper run around. It was very very muddy when we went, but still a really good, scenic walk.

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Frances Radley
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WalkingMuddy

Really lovely walk with the dog but very muddy after a wet week! Super easy to follow and a nice mix of woodlands, fields and nice views. Lots of off-lead opportunities for the dog.

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Charlotte Beebe
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Hiking

Despite the recent heavy rainfall and consequent run off in the fields, would highly recommend

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Bill Edwards
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lovely little walk 10/10

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Sandie Cooper
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Loved this walk. Beautiful scenery and views.

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Gerald McIntyre
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Nice walk but parking in Cocking is tricky and the road is busy (with some impatient motorists!). Stopped for a drink at The Unicorn Inn in nearby Heyshott on the way home - beautiful garden with views of the South Downs.

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Clare Mead
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Beautiful peaceful very easy walk. Definitely going on our favourites list. Thank you.

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Clare Edwards
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We did this walk today- really lovely- it was a beautiful day. However we did find a lot of the going really, really wet and muddy ! Swamp like in fact! Just to let others know this - one to enjoy after a few more dry days!

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Ben Moore
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Christina Christina
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Robin Feild
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Claire Robinson
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