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Name:Bow Hill
Hill number:18405
Height:206m / 676ft
Parent (Ma):2909  Butser Hill
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:West Sussex (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Tump (200-299m)
Grid ref:SU824112 (est)
Col:132m  SU814150  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 197
(1:25k) OL8 120

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 30 users)ByDate of Ascent
Part of a 25 mile loop from Charlton taking in six Tumps and a hump. Weather must better than the forecast and largely dry all day.atreides788727/01/2019
With: hb sb ab; Boxing day afternoon walk from West Stoke car park through the Kingley Vale ancient yew woods, then up to the trig point and back. Quite a lot of people about which was good to see.Ian Baines26/12/2018
Waited until gone 1 pm for the heavy morning rain to move on as forecast, then with L and Betty a 4 hr walk loop from Kingly. Clear blue skies and welcome sun - a real transformation, but biting coldNW wind guesting up to 40mph for awhile , again as forecast. Not used to being cold in the SE, Took Betty home - her owners had their heating on. Autumn is here..Chris Pearson23/09/2018
5 go mad in the heat . A famous five walk in the overpowering heatwave. me, L, Nick, Claudia ( her first visit to Kingly Vale) and Betty the dog. Sought the shade of the ancient yews before straight up the back slope. 2 hrs with sit downs in the shade then back to collapse on the sofa.Chris Pearson15/07/2018
6 mile club trail run following flour markings, on a loop through the woods ( not quite to the summit) . Hot and humid as has been the norm for ever it now feels Ran round with Pete. Back to watch England beat Sweden to get through to World Cup semi finals.Chris Pearson11/07/2018
A10th ascent and the most significant, marking the early days of L's rapidly increasing return to fitness - our 10 mile Stoughton Bowl loop walked over 4 hours in sunshine through lovely green countryside with Betty the dog as usual.Chris Pearson20/05/2018
Parked at West Stoke car park, then took footpaths in anti-circular direction to top with Rosalie for company enjoying her first hill-outing of the year. Easy going with good views to Hayling and Thorney islands and isle of Wight.JOHNS07/04/2018
A big satisfying but exhausting walk for L only 4 weeks post op but with 2 park runs under her belt, and today an almost 3 hr loop walk climbing up twice. Sadly much goooy mud after yesterday's rain. Accompanied by Betty the Jack Russell whose undercarriage fur was coated in orange sticky mud -earning her an immediate compulsory dog wash in the shower once home.( which she enjoys).Chris Pearson22/01/2018
Back again the next day. This time to run round the same 10 mile hilly circuit with L in 1 hr 45 mins. 25 mins from West stoke car park to summit. Icy and blue sky - lovely once warmed up by running and a steep climb.Chris Pearson09/12/2017
3 and half hour walk with L around our usual 10 mile run route from West Stoke. Ducked our way through the knarled beautiful ancient yews - amongst the oldest living things in Britain. Their ground sweeping branches put out new roots, whilst their trunk core slowly rots. The effect here is a Tollkeinesqu forest. Other ancient things around here include a find a few miles away at the foot of the hill , the skeleton of Recton man - a Bronze age tribal leader with his dagger, which at 4000yrs old is the oldest Bronze Age item found in UK.Chris Pearson08/12/2017
A double ascent today with L and Betty the always keen jack russel. Freezing cold , blue sky and sun but a cutting wind, dew pond frozen, ground frozen hard but on the south facing steep headwall the top 'active layer' had thawed producing a film of steep mud overlying permafrost like ground - so steep mud on steep ice made for comedy progress..Went up and down twice over a 3 hr morning on differing loops visiting trig summit on both occasions. Meanwhile light snow was falling in London and on east coast beaches.Chris Pearson30/11/2017
Friday evening run with L and Alan from Lavant. An Alan epic as his 5 miles turned into 8.5 but on a lovely warm evening no real complaints. Skirted the top after climbing up to summit iridge from the east.Chris Pearson26/05/2017
8 mile run up and around familiar terrain before a packed house of runners at Stephan the Baker's home for christmas gathering and endless eating of homemade snacks - lasting far longer than the run had done.Chris Pearson04/12/2016
Date approxejjohnstone07/04/2016
Top visited again on a Chichester Runners trail run - 1st of the spring season- with a choice of 4/5/or 7 mile circuit -marked by flour arrows which washes away. Jogged and walked as torn calf muscle still in recovery - and ended up carrying the dog who developed a limp!Chris Pearson30/03/2016
Two ascents of one of our favourite local spots with L and Betty up from Kingley Vale, over the top and down the mountain bike trail - and back up -forest badly trashed by tree extraction work-paths we normally used churned up and deep in brashings. Climbed into field to escape the mess and came across a cairn built by the Langmead family (farmer landowners around here)- built with stones from all their Estates around the British Isles from Ireland to Scotland.Chris Pearson28/03/2016
Many of our running club 10 mile sunday runs start at Kingley Vale (a National Nature Reserve)and go up, down, and all over Bow Hill. Especially popular(?) is the death hill direct steep climb after passing through the twisted ancient yews. Trig now in a cleared area but not on the obvious two mounds where most people stop for the great views.Chris Pearson04/05/2015
Long walk with colleage Stu, short detour from route to take in the summit, no view due to trees.fnem16/05/2014
Visited whilst bagging the trig. Parking at West Stoke, pleasant walk through Kingley Vale.jonglew13/06/2013
TP in edge of scrub +/- at summit, no view from summit, OK ascent. tk & FP W & S from Brickkiln Fm RHW19/10/2002
carole engel05/11/2017