Singleton is a small pretty village just off the main A286 Chichester to Midhurst Road, near the source of the River Lavant. The river bed is dry most of the year, but flows in the winter in a short valley to Chichester Harbour. However, it caused extensive flooding in 2015. Singleton is famous for the Weald and Downland Living Museum, which is set in 40 acres on the edge of the village.
North of the village is Levin Down, a nature reserve. From the top of this hill, there are lovely views to Goodwood Racecourse. Close to Singleton is The Trundle, also known as St. Roche’s Hill. It rises gently from the south, but at 206 metres, gives extensive views over Chichester Harbour, the English Channel and the Isle of Wight. The Partridge Inn is a family run pub popular with walkers on the South Downs. It has a large garden with a children’s playground, in a beautiful setting.
A short distance from Singleton, is the village of Charlton, which becomes very busy when there is racing or another event at Goodwood. The renowned pub, The Fox Goes Free, takes its name from the Charlton Hunt, which started in 1670, when fox hunting was an important part of Sussex society before it was banned. This four hundred year old pub provides good food. It has been claimed that the pub has the most beautiful pub garden in the United Kingdom, with stunning views of the South Downs. The first Women’s Institute in England held its inaugural meeting at this pub on 9th November 1915, during the First World War. Many years later, an episode of the BBC television series, Doctor Who – “Terror of the Zygons”, starring Tom Baker, was filmed in the saloon bar of The Fox Goes Free.
Where in England is Singleton, Sussex?
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