Villages Around Petworth
All around Petworth you will find lovely little villages and country towns each with their own unique appeal. Here we have selected a few that you should visit and also some links to websites that will let you understand more. Wherever possible, park up and walk around as you will discover so much more.
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Sutton is one of the more remote West Sussex villages. Blocked off to the south by the South Downs and connected other directions by winding country lanes, it’s a quiet and peaceful village. There’s an excellent village pub The White Horse, and fine walking countryside to enjoy.
St John the Baptist’s church in Sutton dates back to the 11th century and has been altered and added to over the centuries.
The grounds of the nearby Coates Castle are a designated area of Special Scientific Interest due to them containing the last known UK population of a type of field cricket – these are black with brown or yellow patch at the base of the wings.
Fittleworth, on the River Rother between Petworth and Pulborough, has a deserved reputation of one of the prettiest parts of West Sussex. Hesworth Common is a lovely place for a stroll in the woods.
The Swan Inn is a 14th century coaching Inn which gained a reputation as a magnet for artists at the end of the 19th Century, offering lodgings and fayre in return for original paintings. These can be seen in the bar today.
Fittleworth was also a former home to the famous composer Edward Elgar who lived near the village in Brinkwell Cottage for a short time. There are some good stretches of the Arun and Rother for fishing nearby.
Approximately 5 miles north of Petworth, the village of Northchapel has many listed buildings in its centre, with the A283 dividing the village in a north/south direction. The village has a community primary school and a large village green. Two miles to the west lies the distinctive landscape of Blackdown– the highest point in Sussex at 280m and managed by the National Trust. At the top of Blackdown, the Temple of the Four Winds viewing spot offers spectacular views across West Sussex to the Downs. On a clear day you can actually see the sea!
Northchapel has an active village community and also boasts the home of southern Motocross.
Lurgershall is a prosperous and active village with a particularly beautiful village green, upon which sits the village pub – The Noah‘s Ark. The village is located at the foot of Blackdown, which is the highest place in West Sussex and which has connections with the great poet Tennyson. Lurgershall boasts it’s own Winery which has a shop with plenty of unusual and delicious food and wine.
Selham is a pretty and prosperous village lying just south of the River Rother between Petworth and Midhurst. Selham’s most striking feature is it’s miniature church which resembles a Monopoly piece both in shape and size – it’s very small! The Three Moles pub has a reputation as one of the best real ale pubs in West Sussex.
The village of Loxwood lies in the north west of Sussex, close to the Surrey border. It boasts both a pre-school and primary school, a C of E church, a fellowship chapel, a village shop and an active village community.
The Wey and Arun Canal Society has restored the disused canal and boat trips are run on the idyllic Loxwood section of the canal.
The parish of Tillington includes the village of Tillington along with the hamlets of Upperton and River. Tillington stands on a hill between Midhurst and Petworth and Upperton and River sit higher above, all benefiting from beautiful views of the Rother Valley and the South Downs beyond. All Hallows Church with its unusual Scots crown tower is quite a landmark and has been painted by both J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. Opposite the church is the historic Horseguards Inn, thought to have got its name from the cavalry who stayed there overnight whilst escorting gold bullion from London to the Navy at Portsmouth.
Tillington’s cricket team has grounds in an enviable position above the village sitting alongside tennis courts and children’s play ground.
Midhurst is a thriving historic country market town and proudly promotes itself as being the heart of the South Downs National Park. The town is a mix of historical architecture including Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian and holds an annual Medieval festival in it’s Medieval market square. The town is closely associated with the Cowdray Estate, famous for it’s ruined house and beautiful polo fields, which inject great midsummer excitement into the town each year.
It is a small but busy village with a traditional countryside pub with a beer garden and serving freshly made food- The Hollist Arms, and a village shop – The Lodsworth Larder– a community run, eco-friendly village shop built by local craftsman Ben Law who you may have seen featured on an episode of Grand Designs. The shop provides a wide variety of local fresh produce. The Lickfold Inn just north of the village is a beautifully restored pub and restaurant providing a modern take on an English pub. The unusual Herringbone brickwork and timber frame dates from the 15th Centur.y Lodsworth village hall provides a focus for the village’s sporting activities with spacious grounds and children’s play area. The village also boasts some notable inhabitants – Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Ernest H Shepherd to name a couple.
Wisborough Green is a typical beautiful Sussex village with a village green, pond, church, public houses, village shop and post office in the centre of the village. There is a Farmers and village market held in the village hall on the 2nd Thursday in the month and with over 30 stall holders it’s a wonderful opportunity to purchase fresh produce from your local farmers and businesses.
Fishers Farm Park is an award winning attraction half a mile outside the village offering a mixture of farm animals and adventure play for children – a perfect day out for young families.
Kirdford boasts 2 pubs: The Half Moon Inn, recently taken over by Jodie Kidd and The Foresters Arms. Kirdford village stores was officially opened by Julie Walters in 2010, also home to the post office, café and local art exhibitors.
The active Kirdford Art Group holds an annual exhibition and celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in 2018. A notable feature in the village is the carved warning Degradation of Drunkenness placed on the vicarage wall by a vicar in the 19th Century “There is no sin which doth more deface God’s image than drunkenness it doth disguiseth a person and doth even unman him. Drunkenness makes him have the throat of a fish, the belly of a swine and the head of an ass.”
Balls Cross is a hamlet of a few houses, a garage and a pub – The Stag Inn– a country pub offering traditional log fires, award winning ales and locally sourced food. Balls Cross sits in the parish of Ebernoe which is home to Ebernoe common, a national nature reserve managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. This nature reserve has a varied ancient wood pasture with ponds, streams, meadows and reclaimed arable land under conversion back to woodland.
Plaistow is a picture postcard village with a beautiful village green, recreation ground, outdoor childrens’ playground, a village pond, a shop, a Victorian church and a charming pub – The Sun Inn.
Plaistow and Kirdford Primary school, based in Plaistow village, has an excellent local reputation.
Graffham is a beautiful and thriving downland village just south of Petworth with a successful nursery and infant C of E school closely connected to St Giles Church sitting right at the foot of the South Downs. At the heart of the village is the shop which was set up by the villagers when the original shop became a private dwelling. The village hall is a key focal point and provides the venue for many regular village events. Just to the east of the village is a highly regarded camp site set in the woodlands.
The White Horse http://www.whitehorse-sutton.co.uk/
St John the Baptist Church https://www.achurchnearyou.com/sutton-st-john-the-baptist/
Coates Castle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coates,_West_Sussex
The Swan Inn https://www.swaninnhotel.com/
Brinkwell Cottage http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1532705
Primary School http://www.schoolwire.co.uk/public/northchapel456.html
The Noah’s Ark http://www.noahsarkinn.co.uk/
Lurgashall winery http://www.blackdowncellar.co.uk
The 3 Moles http://www.thethreemoles.co.uk/
Primary School http://www.loxwoodschool.com/website
The Wey and Arun Canal Society http://www.weyandarun.co.uk/
Rother Valley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Rother,_West_Sussex
Horseguards Inn http://thehorseguardsinn.co.uk/
Medieval Festival https://visitmidhurst.com/
Cowdray Estate https://www.cowdray.co.uk/historic-cowdray/
The Hollist Arms https://www.thehollistarms.com/
Lodsworth Larder http://lodsworthlarder.com/
The Lickfold Inn http://www.thelickfoldinn.co.uk/
Village Hall http://www.lodsworthvillagehall.com/
Farmers Market http://www.wisboroughgreen.org
Fishers Farm Park http://www.fishersfarmpark.co.uk/
Half Moon Inn https://www.halfmoonkirdford.co.uk/
The Foresters www.foresterskirdford.co.uk
The Stag Inn http://www.staginnpetworth.co.uk/
Ebernoe Common https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/ebernoe-common
Village Hall http://www.empirehall.org.uk/
Graffham Plaistow Balls Cross Kirdford Wisborough Green Lodsworth Midhurst Tillington Loxwood Selham Lurgashall Northchapel Fittleworth Sutton