As you leave
the A3 southwest of Guildford and run up the long slip road
for Milford, there is always a sense of relief to be off the
frenetic pace of the busy dual carriageway.
As you descend
the hill to Haslemere, the vista of the wide high street
lined with some pleasing period buildings is a delight. Many
are tile-hung in the Sussex style and include 17th century
houses behind a raised walkway.
Just to the
east of the road from Haslemere woodland still covers Black
Down the highest point in Sussex, at 919ft above sea level.
It is part of a plateau of nearly 500 acres covered with gorse,
heather and woodland, mainly pine and birch. (Photo: Mark
Hollycombe Steam Power centre west of Fernhurst is an
attraction many will enjoy. Opening times are restricted particularly
outside the school holiday period in July and August. So do
check opening times on their website first. The centre has
a large collection of steam powered machinery of national
importance including road engines and rollers, traction engines
and tractors, traditional fairground attractions and a quarry
steam railway. Open Sundays and Bank Holidays from April to
early October and daily from late July to late August. It
is located 3 miles west of Fernhurst and is only 2 miles east
of the A3 near Liphook.
is an old market town on the River Rother, full of attractive
houses and several fine old inns, including the 15th century
Spread Eagle Inn. The hill from the bridge over the River
Rother rising to the town is again an attractive wide vista.
on top of the Downs by the Trundle, close to the grandstand
on the horse racing course, provides a panorama over West
Sussex. On a bright day, the views for some 30 miles back
to the north can be stunning. The Trundle
is an Iron Age hill fort on St Roche's Hill.
The sight of the spectacular Goodwood grandstand and associated
buildings sat isolated and splendid atop the Downs is one
you will never forget. Horse races have been held here regularly
since 1802. The most important meeting is at the end of July/early
August, known as Glorious Goodwood.
also the feeling that an enjoyable route to Goodwood is beginning
which will take you through some beautiful countryside and
the attractive market towns of Haslemere and Midhurst. The
road ahead has gentle curves and undulations
leaving you with that essential interest - what is ahead?
Coffee is a convenient place for coffee in Charter Walk,
a quiet passageway off Haslemere high street.
The view from Black Down looking south towards the
South Downs. A three mile walk around the top has fine views
over the Sussex Weald and to the South Downs. Parking is available
at the National Trust car park in Tennyson's Lane just southeast
a guide to the walk (PDF)
of Fernhurst there are two pubs as options for refreshment
or lunch. The Kings Arms Inn is easy to spot as it
is a good looking place on a bold location on the A286, whereas
the small Duke of Cumberland Arms in the nearby hamlet
of Henley is a real mystery tour with no certainty of finding
it on the first or even at the second attempt!
the village of Cocking and then drops down to Singleton. Here
you have the attraction of the museum nearby and a pub for
refreshment or lunch - the Fox Goes Free a few miles
east in the small village of Charlton.
and Downland Open Air Museum provides a quite extraordinary
opportunity to walk amongst a fascinating collection of nearly
fifty historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th
century, many with period gardens and some with farm animals.
Glorious Goodwood on top of the Downs, a title that
could not be more apt on a bright summer's day.
Aerodrome is a welcome sight and, free of the crowds and
marquees seen at the popular Goodwood Revival race meeting,
it is a relaxed and quiet place with a distinct period feel.
Many of the wartime buildings and much of the layout are still
there with subtle additions to enable the aerodrome to run
as a successful commercial operation. There is a sense of
quiet calm and nostalgia as you pass through the main gates
and cautiously drive down through the tunnel. Over the white
tunnel entrance there is a signwritten welcome to the Goodwood
Circuit and that illustrates the real welcome for visitors
on both race days and at other times.
Circuit you find the paddock area is to your left and then
ahead of you is the Aeroclub. Inside you will find
which is a most enjoyable place to take a leisurely break
for morning coffee, tea and cakes or light snacks and cooked
dishes for lunch. You are surrounded by photos of WW2 fighters
and aircrew stationed at the airfield, then known as Westhampnett.
From the windows of the café you have a full view of
the airfield operations and parked aircraft. On warm days
you can sit out on the sheltered verandah and soak
up the atmosphere and views - and top up your tan!
and very moving sculpture has been mounted at the aeroclub
end of the covered Paddock as a tribute to Mike Hawthorn.
He is in racing overalls and brogue shoes, with Lofty England
alongside clutching a Jaguar steering wheel. The inscription
"May their fame live forever" is so apt for a man
of character with such skills on the track and love of life.
Then facing the clubhouse is a tribute erected in 2001 to
the wartime pilot Douglas Bader who flew his last mission
from the airfield before he was captured after bailing out
De Haviland Rapide landing over Madgwick Corner at
Goodwood with the airfield buildings to the right and the
South Downs in the distance.
A mouthwatering collection of period aircraft flew in for
the Goodwood Revival 2007.
at the Goodwood Revival race meeting with classic cars
from the fifties and sixties. What a wonderful sight.
Parked up at Goodwood Aerodrome and off to the
Aeroclub café for welcome refreshment.
There are two statues well worth visiting on Brooklands
to Goodwood Aerodrome along the A286
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