1. From the Whiteways car park, standing with the cafe to your left, take the bridleway past the metal gate and head into the woods. You soon enter Houghton Forest, a Forestry Commission woodland of mainly beech trees with the odd patch of conifer.

Whitewalls and Houghton Forest is a popular spot for ramblers, families, bikers and dog walkers and the wide, well surfaced paths and bridleways make it accessible even in those wet autumn and winter months.

When you reach a fork in the path keep left and follow the signed bridleway straight ahead as it leads you uphill. At the T-junction, by a clearing, go right and follow the bridleway (the Denture) gently uphill for approximately ignoring any turnings off to the left or right as you walk.

Keep on this main bridleway for a little over a mile, walking first through woodland and then past open fields to your right as you near Bignor Hill.

2. When you reach a cross roads by a bench carved from a tree trunk, turn right and head up towards Bignor Hill. If the weather allows, this is a great place to stop and admire the views out to sea.

You will soon arrive at a car park and a sign post pointing the way to Londinium (London) and Noviomagus (Chichester). This modern signpost is a nod to the fact that you are on Stane Street, an old Roman road linking the two cities two thousand years ago.

Keep right here, walking towards the road and the sign for the Roman villa, then join the South Downs Way leading up to the top of Bignor Hill.

The views from the top are breath-taking.

Coastal views to your right; the river and flood meadows of the Arun Valley straight ahead (which at this time of year are often full of water); and the Downs and miles of surrounding countryside over to the left.

Just over the crest of the hill is a monument dedicated to ‘Toby’. This is known at Toby’s stone and is actually a horse mounting block dedicated to the one-time secretary of the Cowdray Hounds,

Toby Wentworth-Fitzwilliam. It also makes for a great place for a quick snack and a drink.

3. Stay on the South Downs Way as it loops around a field and then turns sharply left and steeply downhill. At the bottom of the hill turn right and then at the four way sign continue in the same direction sticking to the South Downs Way and passing a large barn on your left.

Walk uphill and continue along the Way for approximately one mile. When you reach what looks like a fork in the path, with a track leading off to the left, keep straight ahead and follow the South Downs Way through the centre of the fields.

4. At the cross roads leave the South Downs Way and take the bridleway to the right that leads downhill into a field. This bridleway becomes indistinct here but continue through the field keeping the hedgerow to your left, then when you reach the opposite side, enter the woodland. Once in the woods you should see a mound of earth with a grassy path beyond it - take this path.

At the bottom of this bridleway you will arrive at a main track with paths going off in all directions. Take the first bridleway to your left and follow it back to the Whiteways car park, the start and end point of the walk.