Racton Ruins Walk

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207 m
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Racton Ruins Walk

The walk along the Racton Ruins provides views of many different areas, such as the Racton Monument and Stansted House. You will also be able to view Solent, Chichester Harbour and the South Downs National Park in the distance. This walk is mostly within wooded areas, so you will be protected on hot, sunny days.

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Route Description for Racton Ruins Walk

The Racton Ruins Walk is a beautiful stroll along the English countryside that showcases views of many different areas. It is heavily shaded throughout the wooded areas, so on a hot, sunny day, you can still enjoy yourself on this walk. Beginning at the parking area, walk down Monument Lane and travel uphill 560 meters, where you will reach Racton Ruins, which has been rumoured to have held smugglers tunnels that burrowed all the way to the coast and was laced with hidden doorways and staircases. As you continue on, you will enter the woods, where captivating views of the coastline come into focus. As you wander on, you will come across views of the Stansted House, which became famous because of “The Enchanted Forest” novel written by Lord Bessborough.

You will then arrive at some cottages, where gorgeous views of the Chichester Harbour and Solent can be seen. Pass through some stiles and gates, and you will come across an electric fence, and you will see an orange plastic handle with a hook, use this to pass through the fence with caution. Make your way through a few fields, following the path, and you arrive back at the parking area from which you started.

Getting to the Racton Ruins Walk Trailhead

To get to Racton Ruins Walk from Stoughton, head southwest toward Cooks Lane and in 1.3 km, turn left onto B2146. In 1.1 km, take a slight right onto B2147 and turn right onto Monument Lane. In 0.6 km, you will arrive at your destination.

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  • When to do

    May - October

  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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