The Trundle

Matt Lynch
Article By: Matt Lynch
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Rising just above Goodwood racecourse is the remains of a once magnificent Iron Age hill fort called The Trundle. This fort was built on top of the 206-meter tall Saint Roche's Hill with all that remains of it being mounds of chalk. From the summit, there are fantastic views across the coastal plain over Chichester and out to the English Channel. On a clear day, you can see the edge of the Isle of White rising up from the sea. The area holds a fascinating insight into our anthropological past. The site was the location of an ancient Neolithic causeway established in 4400 - 4000BC. This was one of the first causeways created in what is now the South Downs National Park. The hill was then occupied again during the Iron Age when the circular fort now called The Trundle was built. The car park is free and only a short 10-minute walk to the summit. From here you can walk around the rim of Saint Roche's Hill to take in the panoramic views. This should take no more than 30-minutes in total. TOP TIP - Visit the Trundle on race day at Goodwood to get a bird's eye view over the racecourse. This incredible horse racing venue is over 200 years old and is home to some of the UK's most prized racing events. FOOD & DRINKS -North of The Trundle car park is the hamlet of Singleton which contains the immensely popular gastropub The Partridge Inn. This pub has a lovely garden, cosy fireplaces, a good selection of ales, and does a delicious Sunday lunch.
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