MIDHURST - A DOGGY DAY OUT IN PARKLAND
Midhurst, a small historic market town of less than 5000 inhabitants, is now the HQ of the South Downs National Park, an accolade which speaks for itself and which follows on from another made in 2004 by Country Life Magazine naming the town as the most desirable place to live in Southern England.
If you were to ask anyone what connection, if any, it had with the dog-world they might just come up with ‘the home of Canine Partners’, the charity based in Heyshott, a village just outside town. But, apart from that they’d probably draw a blank
Most people associate Midhurst with horses as it is the centre for polo in
But it is now becoming a major dog walking destination or ‘doggy day out’. And it’s not too difficult to realise why if you’ve been to Midhurst, or live there and witnessed the changes in the past decade.
Thirty years ago Midhurst was a self supporting community with a flourishing retail, pub and restaurant sector. Very few people did their weekly shop elsewhere. Now, with
Midhurst is a very friendly town – yes! there are grumps too – people still have the time and inclination to ‘stand and stare’ and chat to each other, especially if they share dog ownership and love of canine friends.
Everyday scores – maybe hundreds – of dogs get taken down The Causeway, a broad strip of golden Fittleworth sand which leads to
But the real game-changer or killer app has been a voluntary get-together between the Cowdray Estate – it has 16,500 acres – The Academy and Woolbeding Natíonal Trust to form a permissive path over their properties along the south bank of the River Rother, joining up for the first time wonderful parklands on both sides of Midhurst
For those who don’t know this part of West Sussex the area is split up into several huge estates – Cowdray, Petworth, Goodwood, Pitshill, Stansted – which has preserved the landscape and prevented building. You can stand on top of Older Hill near Woolbeding and view the horizon on three sides and not see a road, just lots and lots of rolling countryside. Yet, when the A3 tunnel at Hindhead opens in August 2011 it’ll take little more than an hour to get to Midhurst from West London
Taking dogs around Midhurst is not a problem.
With so many dog walkers and hikers in town – and horse riders – the retail sector is responding too. Stockley Trading has just taken over a redundant small Tesco’s in
Yes! Midhurst is a doggy town now!
Article by: John Trueman
Editor, Midhurst Pages.
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