Halnaker Windmill is an impressive Grade 2 listed building which stands at the top of Halnaker Hill just outside Chichester, West Sussex. The original mill was built for the Duke of Richmond and the Goodwood Estate in 1540 but the mill you see today was built in 1740 and was a working mill until a lightning strike in 1905 damaged it. There have been many restorations of Halnaker Windmill over the past century, and in 2018 four 15ft sails were finally hoisted back into their rightful position.
The only way to reach the top of the hill and Halnaker Windmill is on foot. After a steadily incline you'll be rewarded with far-reaching views across Chichester and out towards the sea. Halnaker hill itself is the location of a ‘causewayed enclosure', a Neolithic earthwork structure and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Its chalk grassland is home to a variety of butterflies including Marbled White, Common Blue, Large Skipper and Red Admiral.
There is no cost to visit Halnaker Windmill
By Car: Next to the entrance to Warehead Farm along the A285 is a small lay-by offering limited parking. Follow Mill Lane uphill from here towards Halnaker Windmill. There is another lay-by by the A285, where there is a footpath heading south-west along Stane Street Roman road, from which you can then turn right towards the hilltop.
By train: the nearest train station is Chichester, from where you can pick up the number 55 bus.
By bus: the number 55 bus runs from Petworth to Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station). The bus stop is quite a walk from the windmill. For an up-to-date timetable visit the STAGECOACH website