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Petworth Park Walks
Petworth Park is a landscaped park in West Sussex, in the south of England. In this Petworth Park walks post, we look at a few options for walks to explore the beautiful landscapes which the park offers. The park, together with Petworth House is in the care of the National Trust and was redesigned by Capability Brown.
There are a couple of Petworth Park walks you might consider. The first starts from the Petworth Park car park on the A285 (not the Petworth House car park) which is managed by the National Trust. There is a parking fee for non members but the park itself is accessible to anyone for free. This is a circular walk, around the park, which is very popular with families. The walk takes in the folly, lake and some decent views of Petworth House. Best of all, there are a few points along the route where you are likely to spot deer. See the South Downs Walking page for full details of this walk.
Another of the Petworth Park walks you might consider is the Ancient Trees walk which is the National Trust recommend. Some trees in the park date back to the 12th century. You will see native trees such as English oaks, Red oaks and sweet chestnuts as well as Swamp Cypress introduced from North America. This walk also starts from the Petworth Park car park and takes about an hour and a half.
This is a picture I took on a rare, foggy, spring afternoon on which the sun was just about managing to break through. This resulted in quite soft light which meant the dynamic range wasn’t too wide, as would have been the case without the fog to diffuse the sunlight. I was working with an old 35 mm film camera loaded with Fomapan 100 black and white film. This was my first time trying out the film. Overall I was impressed considering it is one of the cheapest films on the market. Surprisingly there was quite a bit of detail held in the shadows, although you might need to see a full scale image to fully appreciate this.
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