Halnaker tree tunnel and windmill walk

Halnaker, Chichester, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Kathryn

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join me on a leisurely 4-mile walk (lasting 2 to 2.5 hours) through the beautiful Sussex countryside, into the South Downs National Park via an ancient hollow way following in the footsteps of Romans, commoners and a king fleeing for his life!

We'll start our walk in a village just a ten-minute drive (20-minute by bus) north of Chichester, passing through vineyards, farmland and a beautiful tunnel of trees.

After a short walk uphill, we'll see the restored windmill and have time to admire the 360° views of the Sussex countryside. The Isle of Wight can be seen from here on a clear day.

Learn about Boxgrove Man, the oldest human remains ever found in England, a Neolithic settlement and see WWII radio direction-finding structures. Hear local folktales and learn a little Sussex dialect.

Depending on the time of year, we may see a range of butterflies and birds, including buzzards and skylarks and, if we are very lucky, we may see some deer.

Chichester is the nearest railway station. There is a regular bus service from there to the meeting point.

Other things to note:
This is an easy walk but it is not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties due to several stiles on the route.
The route can be very muddy after rain.
Alternative times/and dates are possible on request.
There are no public toilets in the village.
Parking is available at the meeting point.
Join me on a leisurely 4-mile walk (lasting 2 to 2.5 hours) through the beautiful Sussex countryside, into the South Downs National Park via an ancient hollow way following in the footsteps of Romans, commoners and a king fleeing for his life!

We'll start our walk in a village just a ten-minute drive (20-minute by bus) north of Chichester, passing through vineyards, farmland and a beautiful tunnel of trees.

After a short w…

Meet your host, Kathryn

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I've lived in West Sussex all my life and love sharing the beautiful countryside and the secrets hidden along these sometimes hard to find footpaths.

I've researched the area, speaking to locals and local historians to learn more about the layers of history hidden here, reaching back over 500,000 years.

Did you know rhinoceros once roamed here? Join my walk to find out how we know!
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From £20/ person

Private groups only
From £70 per group
Private groups only
From £70 per group
Private groups only
From £70 per group

Where you'll be

The walk will lead us along a lovely public footpath shaded by an avenue of trees, through vineyards, fields, and along an ancient hollow way through a magical tunnel of trees . The route then goes uphill a short way to the restored windmill and where we can admire the 360° views.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 94 reviews.

Colin
September 2021
This was a very relaxed walk, informative and nicely paced. Kathryn weaved in some local folklore stories and knowledge as well. We could also just walk and chat casually. The tree tunnel and view from the windmill is great too.
Susan
August 2021
An excellent guided walk through Halnaker Tree Tunnel and Windmill Walk. Kathryn was very knowledgeable about the area, with lots of fascinating facts, figures and trivia about local wildlife, plants and insects, as well as tales from local folklore and history. She is a great storyteller and a pleasant lady too, I’m a solo traveller and this was a lovely, engaging experience, so I would recommend it to all!
Helen
August 2021
We had a great time. The walk was just the right length for a family excursion and took in lots of interesting sights along the way. Kathryn was full of local stories, history and other interesting tidbits. The view from the windmill was gorgeous! It was a great start to our holiday.
Laura
August 2021
It was a fanrastic walk with a lot to see on the way to the windmill. Our guide Kathryn is fun, knowledgeable and friendly which made the walk even more enjoyable than it already is. We would highly recommend this experience.
Shelley
August 2021
The walk was very enjoyable in spite of the gloomy weather, as Kathryn’s bubbly personality and fascinating stories spiced everything up. No way we would learn so much had we done the walk by ourselves, not to mention that it was apparent that a lot of thought and research were undertaken to plan the trail. Highly recommend!
Erminda
July 2021
We had a great walk guided by Kathryn. She is very knowledgeable of the all area and she was a fantastic storyteller of folk tales related to the places we visited. We were 5 including two children and one dog and we all had a fantastic time . Thank you Kathryn ! 😊

Choose from available dates

4 available
  • Fri, 3 Dec
    10:00 - 12:30
    Private groups only
    From £70 per group
  • Fri, 10 Dec
    10:00 - 12:30
    Private groups only
    From £70 per group
  • Fri, 17 Dec
    10:00 - 12:30
    Private groups only
    From £70 per group
  • Fri, 24 Dec
    10:00 - 12:30
    Private groups only
    From £70 per group

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 7 and up can attend, up to 10 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is light.

What to bring

Water
Hat
Wet weather gear
Sun cream

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.