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Gumber Bothy and Camping Field Gumber Bothy provides simple overnight accommodation just off the South Downs Way, or a tranquil location to get away from it all. We pride our site on its car free policy, so pack your gear on your back, horse or bicycle and enjoy this unique spot.Visitors occupying the bothy barn are welcome to use all the following facilities: Toilets, showers, sleeping dorms, kitchen, BBQ, bike racks, pay phone, camping field and drying room available and is a short from the George Eartham. Visitors to the campsite have access to the same facilities apart from the sleeping dorms.To make a booking please contact the Gumber Bothy team on 01243 814484 or visit web page below. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/slindon-estate/features/slindon-estate-has-a-converted-barn-and-campsite
Eartham is a quiet and attractive Sussex village with a fine pub and an interesting little church. The chancel arch of the church is Norman, and has two figures carved on its inside faces, on one side a hare and on the other a bearded man. Other parts of the church also date back to the 12th century. Near Eartham there is a hamlet called Halnaker (pronounced Ha'nacker) and situated between both is Halnaker Hill upon which a windmill sits that looks over Eartham. The mill was struck by lightning in 1905 and was derelict for many years. Hilaire Belloc, who spent his boyhood in this part of Sussex and became famous as a writer and poet during the first half of the 20th century, saw the ruined mill as a symbol of the decline of traditional rural England, and wrote the poem Ha'nacker Mill, which concludes:
Spirits that call and no one answers - Ha'nacker's down and England's done. Wind and thistle for pipe and dancers, and never a ploughman under the Sun: Never a ploughman. Never a one.
This poem was set to music by, among others, Peter Warlock (see also Eynsford, Kent). It is one of his best-known songs. Ironically, the mill was restored in 1934 and is still standing, though no longer working.
St Margaret's Church contains a memorial to William Hayley's son which was carved by John Flaxman, the well known English sculptor (1755-1826). Flaxman and his wife often stayed with the Hayley family at Eartham during the summer in the 1780s. The
church itself is Norman.
Eartham Woods are one of the best places to see bluebells in the spring, although there are many people who believe Eartham Woods to be a sinister place which can play tricks with the minds of the unwary or soft headed. As with most things, though, there is an upside to this risk - the parking facilities are good.
The George at Eartham is an attractive village pub with a lovely garden - which is often
well patronised by racegoers counting their winnings after a hard afternoon at nearby Goodwood or Fontwell Park races.
Stane Street at Eartham is one of the best places from which to enjoy a walk along the great Roman road of Stane Street - which linked Roman Chichester and London. The run of the road here is fairly uninterrupted from Eartham Woods all the way to Glatting Beacon, 245 metres above sea level and there's a great viewpoint along the arrow-straight road towards Chichester and the Solent and Isle of Wight beyond it. You can see a section of the embankment of the Roman Road in the picture below.
Eartham House, The largest building in Eartham is the imposing Eartham House, which has been used for many years as a prep school - Great Ballard. Eartham House has connections with one of the major politicians of the early nineteenth century - William Huskisson - MP for Chichester and prominent member of the governments of both Lord Liverpool and the Duke of Wellington. Eartham had a fairly quiet history until Thomas Hayley, a rich Chichester gentleman, bought land in Eartham and built a villa there. In time Hayley's successors, including the well known poet and biographer William Hayley, expanded the villa into a larger mansion. Huskisson eventually bought Eartham House from the Hayley family. Huskisson's house was replaced in 1905 by a striking new house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, one of the great figures of British Architecture. Despite his highly significant political career, Huskisson is best remembered for the absurd and tragic manner of his death, being run over by The Rocket at the opening of the Liverpool to
Manchester railway line in 1830. This is a good illustration of the fact that people have always put trivia ahead of more serious matters and that "personality over politics" is not a recent curse brought on by our dumbed down society.
Goodwood www.goodwood.co.uk ~ Goodwood House, Aerodrome, Glorious Goodwood (horse racing) Festival of Speed & Revival (motor sports) Golf Club
Fontwell Park www.fontwellpark.co.uk ~ Horse Racing
Arundel Castle www.arundelcastle.org
Chichester Cathedral www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
Midhurst ruins www.cowdray.co.uk/historic-cowdray
Petworth House www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth
Denmans Gardens www.denmans-garden.co.uk
Aldingbourne Country Centre www.aldingbournetrust.co.uk
Wetlands Centre Arundel www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/arundel
Tangmere Aviation Museum www.tangmere-museum.org.uk
South Downs National Park www.southdowns.gov.uk
About Britain www.aboutbritain.com/towns/eartham.asp
Forestry Commission, Eartham www.forestry.gov.uk/.../EnglandWestSussexNoForestEarthamWoodEarthamWoodcarpark
National Trust Eartham & Slindon, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/slindon-estate
Arundel Cathedral www.arundelcathedral.org