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Petworth House, Church Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AE TRAIL

Walking GRADE


Digging up the past in Petworth Park This family-friendly archaeology trail will take you on a journey through the history of Petworth Park. There are 11 information boards dotted around the Park. Each board has information that you need to answer the questions in the trail.


2.8 miles (4.5km) TIME

2-3 hours



Explorer 121

Undulating terrain over a mix of gravel pathways and grass track, includes some steep inclines. Suitable for dog walkers, please keep dogs on leads when near to deer.


Things to see

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Facilities Parking: 700 yds from house car park to start of trail. ÂŁ3.00 Non-members 2013. Members can park for free Toilets: Located at start/end of the trail at the entrance to the house, and at the main car park CafĂŠ, shop and restaurant located within the servants' quarters opposite the house admission charge applies for non-National Trust members

I spy Petworth House

Wildlife spotting

View from atop a hillside

Experience fantastic views of Petworth House and Upper Pond as you make your way around the trail. The house is home to the National Trust's finest collection of art and sculpture, and a social history spanning 900 years. Come inside to find out more.

Look out for our historic herd of fallow deer, once hunted by Enjoy stunning views over Lower Henry VIII. Look up high for a Pond as you reach the top of chance to spot birds of prey such Arbour Hill. as hobbies, ravens and buzzards. See if you can spot ducks and geese on the ponds.

Petworth House, Church Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AE

Start/end Start: West front of Petworth House, SU974220 End: West front of Petworth House, SU974220

How to get there On foot: Pedestrian access from Petworth town and A272 By bus: Worthing to Midhurst (no. 1 bus) passes Pulborough train station. Horsham to Petworth (no. 75 bus, passing Horsham train station) and Midhurst to Petworth (no. 1 bus). Alight in Petworth town centre, then follow Lombart Street (cobbled street opposite bus stop) and turn left at the top to access Petworth House By train: Pulborough (5¼ miles), then no. 1 bus to Midhurst (see above) By car: Both house and park car parks located on A283; Follow signs from centre of Petworth (A272/A283) - parking fee applies for non-National Trust members. See website for up-to-date car park opening times.

1. To begin your journey through the history of Petworth Park head towards the orange board in front of the house marked with a number 1. Q: What shape was the original Petworth House? 2. Follow the path in front of board 1 and head towards the trees where you should come across a busy road full of ancient traffic and board number 2. Q: When was the Petworth to Midhurst road finally moved to its current position? 3. Head towards the stone track and follow it to the right. Turn the clock back 300 years and listen carefully for the sounds of the past... The clip clop of hooves in the distance is getting louder as you approach board number 3. Q: What was in the courtyard of the 6th duke’s stables? 4. If you look carefully at the ground you should be able to make out some of the ditches which show the outline of the stables. Imagine how big they were – even larger and more impressive than the house. Follow the track further west towards the end of Upper Pond to find board 4. You are now standing on top of a mighty dam. Let’s hope it doesn’t burst. Q: What type of fish live in Upper Pond? 5. You now have a choice - you can either continue following the track to board 6 (see next step) or you can make a 20-minute diversion that will take you towards the village of Tillington and board number 5. If you are making the diversion follow the track from board 4 until it splits off to the left towards the lodge houses. Follow this track and, about half way along the downhill section, take the grass track that goes off to the right. Follow the grass path straight ahead at the crossroads to the sunken lane of trees. Head towards the stone building you see ahead of you. You might not realise it but you are now trampling through the village of Tillington and several people’s back gardens. Read board 5 to discover more. Q: How old is the colt house? Clue: look above the door. Retrace your steps back to the stone track or use your map to take a cross-country adventure to find board 6. 6. From board 4, continue along the stone track until you reach the end of Upper Pond. Then follow the grass path around the perimeter, keeping Upper Pond on your right. As you pass the boathouse on your right (the other side of the pond) there is a clump of trees ahead of you in which you will find board 6. If you explore under the trees you will find the footing on the far side of the stew ponds. Q: What were the stew ponds for?

7. Follow the path uphill, walking directly away from Petworth House, until it joins back onto the stone track near the log pile. Then continue to your right along the stone track. This track used to be the original carriageway; imagine how grand and impressive Petworth House would have seemed to visitors travelling through the park and then driving in their horse and carriage up to the front of the house. As you near the bottom of the downhill you will come across board 7 on your left. Q: How many miles of culverts are there under Petworth Park? 8. Stay on the track for another 200m until you find a grass path off to the right, just after the large tree with the fallen branch. When you reach the crossroads turn right and then follow this long path towards Lower Pond. Can you hear any of the water flowing through the culverts? When you reach the corner of Lower Pond you should be able to spy board number 8. This archaeological feature is a fairly modern one taking you back in time only 70 years when even Petworth Park played its part in

the events of the second world war. Q: What type of vehicle was kept in the park during the Second World War? 9. Now its time for a big burst of energy, as you jitterbug your way up the extremely steep Arbour Hill. When facing board number 8, turn around and back-track for around 30m before taking the small grass path up the hill to your left. The further up the hill you climb, the further you are heading back in time. When you reach the top you will be standing in the Tudor period, alongside board number 9. Q: What did Henry VIII build on Arbour Hill? 10. Now gallop across the ridge on your hunting stallion to find board number 10, and see if you can spot any fine deer to shoot with your bow and arrow. Q: What metal was the cavalry spur found on Lawn Hill made of? 11. Your journey through Petworth’s rich history is now almost at an end. After leaving board 10 take the second path on the right and follow the crown of the hill to our final stop at board number 11. Standing on this spot 300 years ago you would instead be overlooking the 6th duke’s formal gardens; full of fountains and fruit trees (and, of course, those enormous stables; can you still hear the clip clop of the hooves?). Q: What fruit did the 6th duke grow at Petworth?

Digging Up The Past in Petworth Park  

This family-friendly archaeology trail will take you on a journey through the history of Petworth Park. There are 11 information boards dott...

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