The Victoria Inn is situated on the B2146 between Petersfield and Chichester in the Sussex village of West Marden.
The South Downs is an area of outstanding natural beauty. West Marden is one of the villages which makes up the Octagon, consisting largely of framland, situated at the western end of Sussex and within the South Downs National Park. West Marden is easily accessible from places like Portsmouth as it is only 10 minutes from the A3(M). Ideal if you want to escape to the country for a few hours!
If you do want to stay a while and explore, there are a number of B&Bs and self-catering accommodation located in the immediate area. Then after a day of exploring, relax and enjoy a meal and a drink at the Victoria Inn!
There are lots of circular walks which you can do starting and finishing at the pub. And as for cycling - well - the Tour de France has been known to pass right by the pub on its way up the hill!
The Churches of Marden Walk is particularly popular and takes in 3 local Norman churches, another takes in St Hubert's Chapel built in 1053 and containing examples of mediaeval paintings from around 1300.
The Octagon Walk was established to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Guiding you through unspoilt parts of West Sussex through the South Downs National Park and covering 10 local villages including our very own West Marden, plus Compton, East Marden, Forestside, North Marden, Racton, Stansted, Stoughton, Up Marden and Walderton. The full Octagon Way is 18 miles long but there are also eight circular Octagon Short Walks of 2-4 miles each.
11.5 miles from the Victoria Inn is Goodwood House & Estate, offering something for everyone with motor sport, horseracing, golf & the house.
Goodwood is home to the Earl & Countess of March & the State Rooms are open to the public. Goodwood has a significant private art collection & hosts an annual Summer exhibition.
Goodwood Motor Circuit opened in 1948 & is now a venue for a wide variety of motor sport from the Festival of Speed with Formula 1, supercars, bikes and heritage cars to Goodwood Revival with iconic race cars of a bygone age.
Horseracing was introduced to Goodwood in 1802 for local army officers. Race week became known as Glorious Goodwood & still takes place today with the racecourse regarded as one of the most exciting.
3 miles from the Victoria Inn is Stansted Park & House. Stansted overlooks the coast & is a great day out for all the family with walks, railway & the house.
In the 11th century there was an hunting lodge at Stansted. The existing house is Edwardian set in 1800 acres & open to the public along with the extensive servants' qaurters.
Stansted Forrest is managed woodland with a strong conservation ethos, providing beautiful walks & a wonderful wildlife habitat. There is also a minature light railway providing a fun way to explore the Bessborough Arboretum.
Stansted Farm Shop offers local produce including estate venison, lamb & pork, neighbouring farms' beef & game, local cheeses, jams, chutneys & condiments using ingredients foraged from estate hedgerows.
3.5 miles from the Victoria Inn is Uppark House and Garden. Plenty of interest for all the family with an initimate garden, meadow, woodland, the house, family trails & activities.
Uppark House is 18th century & both the upstairs & downstairs servants' quarters are open to the public.
Uppark's location perched high on the South Downs ridge provides magnificent views towards the Solent. The gardens are being gradually restored, there is plenty of space in the adjacent meadow to play and relax with a picnic and the nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building.
Uppark also provides the perfect backdrop for a number of outdoor events during the summer months. Both musical and theatrical events feature in the annual calendar.
17 miles from the Victoria Inn is historic Portsmouth a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city and well worth a visit, particularly if you have an interest in maritime history.
There is the Historic Dockyard with Henry VIII's warship Mary Rose, Nelson's flagship HMS Victory and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Enjoy Portsmouth's waterfront setting and visit the marinas and water sport centres. Alternatively why not explore Portsmouth's heritage and culture by visiting the D-Day, City and Charles Dickens museums, contemporary art galleries, cathedrals and theatres.
The Southsea area of Portsmouth hosts various music festivals as well as being a great venue for family fun and if you want a fantastic view of the whole area then visit the Spinnaker Tower. At 170 metres high the views are stunning.