A TUN­NEL OF SEA­SONAL COLOUR

Hal­naker Tun­nel, Sus­sex

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

To stand at the en­trance of a sunken lane en­closed by a tree tun­nel is to ex­pe­ri­ence that loin-liq­ue­fy­ing gid­di­ness we once felt peer­ing down a rab­bit-hole or reach­ing through the clothes to the back of granny’s wardrobe. What land of won­der or snow queen might we find our­selves in if we be­gin this jour­ney? And will we be able to find our way back? There isn’t a more mag­i­cal place for a walker to an­tic­i­pate the anal­o­gous plunge through au­tumn into win­ter than this leaf-rain­ing hol­loway in the ham­let of Hal­naker ( pro­nounced Ha’naker) on the south­ern edge of the South Downs. Carved by thou­sands of years of foot­fall, and part of a Ro­man road link­ing Lon­don and Chich­ester, you can add your own by com­bin­ing this kilo­me­tre­long time-tun­nel with an as­cent of the wind­mill-topped Hal­naker Hill. You can make a day’s walk of it by link­ing your choice of con­nect­ing paths in this beau­ti­ful stretch of chalk down­land, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Trust’s vast Slin­don Es­tate (route 6, Oct 17 is­sue).

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