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|Petworth and Shimmings Valley|
|Author: WSW, Published: 08 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Petworth|
|Hi, I'm Clare and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. It's a 3.5 mile figure of eight walk from the historic market town of Petworth in West Sussex. The walk gives an opportunity to explore the town, a haven for antique and art collectors, before heading out across the beautiful Shimmings Valley to reach the village of Byworth and returning to Petworth alongside the small meandering river. The views across the Shimmings Valley are stunning throughout the year. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. |
The walk has several steady but long gradients throughout and there are a couple of steeper short slopes that can be a little slippery after wet weather. There are several kissing gates throughout plus 6 stiles (a couple of the stiles are tall with mesh wire fencing across so dogs may need a lift over). Some of the fields are likely to be holding horses. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Petworth town is located at the junction of the A272 (Heathfield to Winchester road) and the A283 (Milford to Shoreham-by-Sea road). The walk starts from the war memorial in front of St Mary’s Church on Church Street in the centre of the village. Parking is available in the town car park or the National Trust Petworth House or Petworth Park car parks, all of which are just a short walk from the village centre. Approximate post code of start point GU28 0AE.
|Start to Golden Square|
Start point: 50.9878 lat, -0.6095 long
The walk starts from the war memorial in front of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin on Church Street. Standing on the pavement facing the war memorial, turn left for a few paces. When you draw level with the gated entrance to the church on the right, cross over the road to turn left down the cobbled Lombard Street.
|Golden Square to Angel Street|
Start point: 50.9856 lat, -0.6099 long
Turn left into the High Street. Continue straight on as the road steadily climbs and bends to the right to become Grove Street. On the left you’ll pass the row of Percy Terrace cottages.
|Angel Street to River Bridge|
Start point: 50.9854 lat, -0.6057 long
Turn left onto Angel Street, cross to the right hand side of the road and pass by the large Catholic Church over to the right. Immediately after passing the church, swing sharp right down the tarmac lane passing directly in front of the church.
|River Bridge to Brinksole Heath|
Start point: 50.9864 lat, -0.6039 long
Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead going gradually uphill heading to the left of the row of oak trees ahead. After passing the trees, keep in the same direction across the field heading for the brow of the hill to join the left hand field boundary.
|Brinksole Heath to Village Road|
Start point: 50.9901 lat, -0.5905 long
Continue ahead for a few paces to reach a T-junciton with a wide level track. Turn right onto the track. Follow this for a little distance and then take the first right hand track which is immediately after the garden of a property on the right.
|Village Road to A283|
Start point: 50.9799 lat, -0.5938 long
Turn right along the village road. As the road bends right, fork left down the tarmac slope alongside the telephone box. At the bottom of the slope pass through the wooden gate onto a narrow grass path. Cross the bridge over the stream and soon after cross over a stile. Keep straight ahead into the open grass meadow, climbing over the brow of the hill, to reach the far corner.
|A283 to End|
Start point: 50.985 lat, -0.6042 long
Turn left along the pavement of the A283 and pass by the Catholic Church (again) on the right. Keep ahead to pass the Angel Inn on the right and at the cross roads turn right into East Street.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author WSW and may not be reproduced without permission.
Really lovely walk but no stile past barns so had to divert and head to main road, walk up it on very narrow pavement to pick up route again. An easy walk on a lovely sunny day.
|By Africa18 on 2016-08-05 13:44:32|
Really lovely walk but no sign of a stile- after the outbuildings-it was an impenetrable wall of corn! We followed the track down to meet with the A238. Don't be tempted to just walk back along the road. We backtracked and found our way back onto the route which crossed the valley and was truly lovely.
|By eralcnaderri on 2016-09-04 14:38:34|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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