The HartingsSouth Harting, East Harting and West Harting

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A picture of the South Harting village  from afar

About the Village

South Harting lies in the most beautiful of settings, situated under the Downs, beneath the South Downs Way and Harting Down. Harting's church St. Mary & St. Gabriel is famous for its copper green tower is a major landmark in the Rother Valley and very much contributes to the character of the village.

article The beautiful church in South Harting

Look out for the village stocks and whipping post which still stand outside the church. The churchyard contains a unique memorial to the soldiers of World War I by controversial Sussex artist Eric Gill. South Harting also has a connection to the Victorian Novelist Anthony Trollope, who spent two of his final years here at the Grange. He finished 'Mr Scarborough's Family' here, as well as some as lesser works.

The main street, which runs through the village is wide and full of attractive Georgian buildings and big enough to justify a gentle stroll around the place.

Nearby you'll find the large country house at Uppark, which is run by the National Trust who restored it after a devastating fire in 1989.

Things to see

There are 2 decent pubs in South Harting (The White Hart and The Ship) and Harting is a good place to stop for lunch if you are travelling around the north west part of the county or if you are visiting Uppark and don't want to eat pre-packed National Trust food.

Also highly recommended is the National Trust-tended Harting Down Nature Reserve. You can drive to the top of the hill and park and it's only a short distance to spectacular views and lovely rolling downland.

To the north west of South Harting lies the iron age hill fort at Torberry Hill which has all sorts of legends associated with it.

Durford Abbey is also nearby, although it is long demolished. Once each year the village puts on the Harting Festivities which are definitely worth checking out.

Nearby at Nyewood you can find Ballards Brewery - it's not much to look at and certainly doesn't conform to any romantic notions of what a traditional old English brewery might look like (it's in a modern metal industrial unit), but the beer's good and it's fun to pop in to have a look at (but not if you're in a rush).

Lastly, you'll probably want to explore some other villages so get your sat-nav out, find somewhere else to go, and hope for the best...

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