From The Green walk under the railway bridge, pass The Castle Inn on your left. Continue along the Finchdean Road north until you come to a finger post pointing left (west). Follow this finger post passing up a short track between houses. The track turns right and into a single file path past some garages to emerge onto a footbridge over the main Portsmouth to London railway line.
The path continues North West over an open field to Great Wellsworth. At the exit to the field follow the short track to a T-junction then join the Sussex Border path turning right (north) before the house. Pass beside the houses on the left and hedge on the right and through a metal gate to emerge on Wellsworth Lane, which is a track across the field, with broad views west of The Holt (wood) and Woodhouse Lane terraced houses.
At the end of Wellsworth Lane the path turns into a wooded track. Pass through a metal gate beside an iron gate to emerge on Treadwheel Road where it curves almost at the top of White Hill. Continue north down Treadwheel Road to Finchdean. There is no footpath on this section of road so be careful of traffic.
At the junction continue ahead to The George Inn. Opposite The George Inn is the Village Pound. The area enclosed by a low flint wall was the original village pound, a structure for several uses. Most commonly, it held livestock that had strayed until claimed by the owner, usually in return for a fine. Thieves and vagabonds may also have been held here, pending attention by the local ‘police’. Turn left taking the road opposite The George Inn passing the Pound on the right following the finger post pointing west.
Follow the road around to end of the row of houses. At the junction cross the road then follow a footpath running North West and parallel to the road but inside the hedged field. At the field corner before the house turn right (north) and follow the path up the down to Oxleys Copse. This path follows the edge of fields with some gaps and path crossways that may be ignored. Keep the hedge line on your left with fine views to the right (east) over the valley.
Emerging on the north side of Oxleys Copse there are several paths and tracks. Take the first right turn and follow the path downhill with trees on your right and horse fields on your left until almost reaching the railway line. The path turns left here and runs parallel with the railway line until reaching Herberdens Farm. Turn right and pass underneath the railway bridge emerging opposite St Hubert’s Saxon Church. The church dates from 1053, and contains rare medieval wall paintings. It is a peaceful place to visit and worship and is usually open for visitors during daylight hours.
There is a clear path up to St Hubert’s that continues to the left of the church. Follow this to a metal kissing gate. Pass through the gate and turn immediately right. On to the Staunton Way. Head downhill, pass through another metal kissing gate then up to a wooden stile. Pass the well on your right up to a wooden kissing gate. Go through this into the woods and continue a steady climb with Old Idsworth Gardens and farm on your right. Old Idsworth House was an 18th century house with extensive parkland and walled gardens. The house was largely demolished when the railway was built. The farmhouse remains, along with part of a lime walk.
Continue up the wooded slope along the Staunton way and head south with views to your right down the valley of the railway and lavant that often floods in late winter and early Spring. Ignore two paths on the left and continue on the Staunton Way emerging from the woods at a wooden stile. Cross this and the field to another stile, then to a wooden kissing gate with a 3 pointed finger post. Take the left hand direction along a broad grassy track past a house to the road leading to South Holt Farm. At the road turn left and pass the farm house, then turn right into a hedged track. Follow this track to a track and path crossroads by a thatched house. Continue straight ahead and uphill in woods known as Woods Copse. Go through a gate emerging into an open field. Cross this to a wooden kissing gate and follow the path past houses onto the Finchdean Road by some houses being the westernmost end of the elongated village of Forestside.
Turn right and head along the road for 200 metres downhill (south west) until reaching finger post indicating a path on the left. Follow this down into the valley floor and go through a metal kissing gate. Pass through a second metal kissing gate then turn right and proceed along a wooded path until reaching another metal kissing gate. Turn left and go through this and midway up the field is another kissing gate on the right. Go through this following signs indicating you are on the Staunton Way.
Still on the Staunton Way head back to Rowlands Castle with Stansted Forest on your left. Pass Drews Farm on the right. Pass through a kissing gate then across a track to Drews Farm, then another kissing gate. To your right across the valley is Finchdean Road where houses back on to the railway into Rowlands Castle. Soon you emerge at the entrance to Stansted Park at a bend in the road, almost, but not quite opposite The Castle Inn. Head back along the road to the starting point on The Green.