If you're looking for breathtaking panoramic views across Chichester and the West Sussex countryside, then a trip to The Trundle near Goodwood is a must.
St Roche's Hill, known locally as The Trundle is one of four Iron Age hill forts to be built around a Neolithic Causewayed enclosure along the South Downs, dating back to 250BC. In 1475 a plague chapel was built on the site for a priest to deliver prayers to the city of Chichester to save them from the pestilence. The chapel was dedicated to Saint Roche, a Medieval French Saint, as it was believed that praying to his bones would protect them from the plague and this is where the Trundle's alternative name of Saint Roche Hill originates.
In more recent times, The Trundle was used for war-time communications. During WW2, soldiers manned a radio shack from the top of the hill so they could talk to pilots during the Battle of Britain.
Today, The Trundle which stands at around 200 metres high, provides a superb vantage point from which to view the West Sussex countryside. Towards the South, you'll see Chichester Harbour, Goodwood Racecourse to the East, and Singleton and Levin Down to the North. For the keen rambler, there are several walks from The Trundle including a climb across The Trundle, and a downhill walk to the quaint village of West Dean.
The Trundle is accessible on foot at all times.
There is no charge to visit The Trundle.
There is a car park near the top of the Trundle.
There are no other facilities on site.
Access to the top of The Trundle is by climbing an uneven chalk path that may not be suitable for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility. There is, however, a car park near the top of the Trundle from where you can admire the views and have a picnic.
By car: The Trundle is accessible from the Triangle and Seven Points car parks.
By train: the nearest train station is Chichester, from where you can pick up a taxi or the number 60 bus.
By bus: the number 60 bus runs from Midhurst to Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) every half hour Monday - Saturday. On Sundays buses are every hour. For an up-to-date timetable visit the STAGECOACH website