To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, the Parish decided to establish a long circular walking route using existing footpaths and bridleways to link all its villages, including Compton, West Marden and Up Marden. This is called The Octagon Way and is about 18 miles long. Also identified are eight circular Short Walks of 2-4 miles each, to support local churches, pubs and shops as well as the No. 54 bus route between Chichester and Petersfield.
All walks are detailed in the Octagon Walks booklet, which was produced by the Octagon community, with help and financial support from the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).
Copies of the Octagon Walks booklet are available, free of charge, from the SDNPA headquarters in Midhurst, tourist information centres in Chichester and Petersfield and from local churches, pubs, shops and stately homes (Stansted and Uppark) within the Octagon, where voluntary donations are sought to help pay for future reprints.
GET THE No. 54 BUS
Why not reduce parking pressure and help to conserve this beautiful National Park by using the local bus service. It passes through the area – 5 times daily except Sunday – making it possible to bus and walk.
To download the whole of the Octagon Way route and individual short walks around Compton, West Marden, Up Marden and other villages in the Octagon visit: https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/walking/octagon-walks/