No. 4 place to visit when the pandemic is over is a Sussex gem and is often reached via a beautiful tunnel of trees.
Halnaker Windmill, north-east of Chichester, West Sussex, is in the South Downs National Park. The original windmill was built for the Duke of Richmond and was first recorded in 1540. It seems that the views from this newly restored windmill are superb.
Why is this No. 4 place to visit so appealing to me?
Because, one of the most popular routes to the windmill is through the Halnaker tunnel of trees. And this path is described as one of the prettiest tree tunnels in the world. Hidden away in the depths of the South Downs National Park, this wonderful tree canopy looks spectacular no matter what time of year you visit.
As a tree lover, I can’t wait to walk through this beautiful tree tunnel. But how to get there? Apparently it is best to park in the village of Boxgrove at the village hall. There is a footpath from Boxgrove to Halnaker that runs along the main road but it is separated from the road by a hedge. When this path ends you can follow the pavement round to the right to The Anglesey Arms.
At the bottom of the garden at The Anglesey Arms is a footpath to the left. Follow the path until you reach a tarmac lane and turn right. Just a short way along this quiet road look out for another public footpath sign that leads across the fields. Follow this path until you reach the main road. Carefully cross the road and you’ll be at Warehead Farm. From the farm, turn right to the tree tunnel.
This magical tunnel of trees is described as if you’re walking into a fairytale or maybe the The Shire in Middle Earth and it is definitely why it’s my top 4 place to visit when the pandemic is over.
It reminds me of another South Downs tree haven
In case you’re ever lucky enough to walk some or all of the South Downs Way, don’t forget to also visit the village of Buriton in Hampshire. Buriton is around 24 miles along the South Downs Way from Winchester, and, from the other direction, around 24 miles from the tunnel of trees at Halnaker.
I love Buriton. It’s an idyllic village with an ancient church and a picturesque duck pond and, of course, a beautiful forest of trees to climb through up on to the South Downs Way.
I came across a lot of pine and conifer trees here. Here’s a pic of me hugging one. You can see how old this tree must be with its roots defiantly wriggling along the pathway.
Any other Tree Tunnels in the UK?
Apparently there’s an amazing Yew tree tunnel at medieval Aberglasney House in Wales. It is thought to have been planted during the 18th century. Today, the tree trunks have spread and their branches fused so much that it’s hard to count how many separate trees are mingling together. This tree tunnel is definitely on my list of ‘tree’ places to visit.
But first stop – my no. 4 place to visit, the tunnel of trees at Halnaker!