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|Fountain Inn and River Adur|
|Author: Claire, Published: 22 May 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Steyning|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS ROUTE IS NOT PASSABLE AT PRESENT. The footbridge over the River Adur at the end of this walk is unsafe and closed, awaiting repair/replacement. It is expected to be closed from 16 Dec 2014 for up to 2 years and there is no alternative route. We will remove this note once the footbridge is replaced. |
A 6.5 mile circular pub walk from the Fountain Inn in Ashurst in West Sussex. The walk passes through fields and lanes, passing the village church and then skirting the nearby village of Partridge Green. The route goes on to join a short section of the Downs Link and then follows an embankment alongside the River Adur on the return leg.
The route is relatively flat, with just a few gentle slopes, and the paths are a mixture of field paths, bridleways, quiet lanes and riverside embankments. Some of the field paths can get very muddy after wet weather so good waterproof boots are recommended. There are several gates and stiles on route, although all of the stiles have open fence surrounds making them relatively easy for dogs to pass through. A few of the fields may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
The walk starts from the Fountain Inn pub on the B2135 in Ashurst, just a few miles north of Steyning in West Sussex. Approximate post code BN44 3AP.
|Start to St James' Church|
Start point: 50.9327 lat, -0.3218 long
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS ROUTE IS NOT PASSABLE AT PRESENT. The footbridge over the River Adur at the end of this walk is unsafe and closed, awaiting repair/replacement. It is expected to be closed from 16 Dec 2014 for up to 2 years and there is no alternative route. We will remove this note once the footbridge is replaced.
|St James' Church to Footbridge over Stream|
Start point: 50.9347 lat, -0.3275 long
Keep ahead on Church Lane for some distance. Where the lane bends to the right, fork left to keep ahead on Ford Lane, passing Holly Lodge on the right. Follow the lane for about 300 yards and immediately before a large corrugated barn, turn left. Follow the stone track through the middle of farm buildings and as you emerge beyond them look for a right turn onto a public bridleway – take this.
|Footbridge over Stream to Lock Bridge|
Start point: 50.9465 lat, -0.326 long
Cross the footbridge and continue ahead, ignoring the footpath off to the left. Follow the path with the hedgeline to the left and open fields across to the right. Keep ahead as the field edge path becomes a track between hedges. As you draw level with the buildings to the right, turn right down a tarmac drive signed as a public footpath.
|Lock Bridge to Downs Link|
Start point: 50.9555 lat, -0.3214 long
Continue ahead on the tarmac lane and follow this for about 1 mile until you reach a T-junction with the main road. Turn right onto the pavement and you will pass on the left a small industrial estate which is home to the Brewing Company for Dark Star. A little distance further cross the road to turn left (alongside a disused metal kissing gate) onto the signed public footpath.
|Downs Link to River Adur|
Start point: 50.9534 lat, -0.302 long
Turn left onto the Downs Link. The Downs Link is a 37 mile long bridleway linking the North Downs Way at St Martha’s Hill in Surrey with the South Downs Way near Steyning in West Sussex. This stretch follows the course of a dismantled railway, the Steyning Line, which was closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching Axe.
|River Adur to River Footbridge|
Start point: 50.9437 lat, -0.2939 long
This arm of the River Adur, the eastern arm, rises at Ditchling Common in East Sussex. The river meets the English Channel at Shoreham-on-Sea. The river’s name was adopted in the 17th Century based on the name of the Roman settlement of Portus Adurni which was mistakenly believed to be at Shoreham.
|River Footbridge to End|
Start point: 50.9327 lat, -0.3073 long
Cross this footbridge via the pair of metal gates. Cross the field at 11 o’clock and cross the stile in the fence line close to a young oak tree. Keep ahead over this next field and exit via the stile on the opposite side.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The River Adur is lovely but has very muddy banks. Stick to the footpaths and don't let children or dogs go down to the water edge.
|By RichardJ on 02 Jun 2013|
Beautiful walk, but was incredibly muddy! Also note that the bridge to cross the River Adur at the end of the walk is closed for 6 months from Dec 2014 & no alternative route is suggested. Large sections of this walk are along bridle ways which were very churned up & muddy, so please take care & wear appropriate footwear. Fountain Inn was a welcome sight at the end for hot drinks & a great meal!
|By sebird on 29 Dec 2014|
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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