Kingley Vale is a protected nature area north west of Chichester and it contains on of the finest yew forests in western Europe, some of which are around 2000 years old. Their shapes are contorted by time and countless storms which are intriguing and a little ghostly at times and other times it is like walking through a cathedral - such age and weathered grandeur gives a sense of history that in our short lives we can only marvel at. It is a majestic sight and afterwards you can climb to a nature trail with two barrows and climb further up to get stunning views towards the Isle of Wight on a clear day. It is not well signposted and can be difficult to find. Leave the A286 at Mid Lavant and continue to West Stoke village, on the west side it's signposted to a National Trust car park. The reserve is a ten minute walk along a footpath leading from the car park. There is a small unmanned visitors centre but no toilets. It's flat in the yew forest but some of the paths up to Bow Hill are quite steep. Enjoy!
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