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|The Black Jug and Warnham Park|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 06 Nov 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Horsham|
|A 6.5 mile circular walk from the Black Jug in Horsham, West Sussex. The Black Jug is a great town pub centred around a large bar with wooden panelling, old furniture, bookcases and an airy enclosed courtyard. The walking route heads out through Horsham Park and the Warnham Court Estate to reach the nearby village of Warnham, before returning via arable farmland and ancient lanes. You’ll have chance to see the impressive herd of red deer within Warnham Park, the 14th century church in Warnham plus plenty of wildlife along the way. |
The walk has several steady climbs and descents. The paths across the parkland and woodland can all get fairly muddy in winter an after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus 3 stiles. The stiles have wire fencing surrounds about a foot high, but most dogs should be able to hop over these. You will need to cross over a golf course so take care of any stray flying golf balls and allow the golfers to play their shots before you cross. You will also need to cross a dual carriageway at a designated (but unsignalled) crossing point so take particular care here. There are a couple of sections of road walking along country lanes so beware of any passing traffic. The walk passes through a deer park and a deer farm so take care around the deer with children and dogs. (The deer can become aggressive towards dogs during the rutting season from late September to early November and in May/June when there are young calves around). Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
Horsham is located just east of the A24 in West Sussex. The walk starts and finishes at the Black Jug on North Street. Approximate post code RH12 1RJ.
|Start to North Parade|
Start point: 51.064 lat, -0.3242 long
Standing on North Street facing the Black Jug, turn right and follow the pavement passing in front of St Leonards House on the left. Immediately afterwards turn left signed for Westhope Lodge. You will pass under an old ornate street lamp which acts as an arch across the alleyway. Keep ahead to enter Horsham Park.
|North Parade to A24 Underpass|
Start point: 51.0701 lat, -0.3279 long
Turn right along the pavement for just a few yards and then cross over with care to turn left into Milnwood Road (the first turning on the left). Just before the end of the road, turn right into another residential street and follow this all the way along to a T-junction. Turn left along this one-way street, West Parade, and shortly you’ll come to a staggered crossroads. Go straight ahead into Kempshott Road. Follow this long straight residential road all the way to the T-junction at the end.
|A24 Underpass to Byfleets Lane|
Start point: 51.0774 lat, -0.3404 long
Follow the lane beyond the underpass and you’ll emerge out to a T-junction with the corner of another road, Robin Hood Lane. Cross over with care and keep left along the narrow verge. Continue along the road edge, taking care of any traffic, passing the house called Salmons. A little further along, soon after a right-hand bend, look out on the right for a gate into the Warnham Court Deer Park (ensure you have your dog on a short lead for this section).
|Byfleets Lane to St Margaret's Church|
Start point: 51.0855 lat, -0.3605 long
Turn right along the lane and follow this for some distance, ignoring any footpaths off to the left. Take care of any occasional traffic and use the grass verges where these are available for your own safety. Take a moment to enjoy the views of the surrounding Sussex hills which occasionally open up each side.
|St Margaret's Church to Daux Hill|
Start point: 51.0909 lat, -0.3469 long
Cross over the road with care and turn right along the pavement, passing the church entrance and the war memorial. Immediately afterwards, turn left down the signed public footpath. Follow this concrete path between hedges with the church over to the left.
|Daux Hill to Spencers Place|
Start point: 51.0847 lat, -0.3353 long
Turn right along Daux Hill. Just after passing a small lake behind the wall on the right, fork left down a signed public footpath which heads into the trees. Follow the path between these uniform rows of oak trees and you will reach a stile. Cross this and go up the steps to reach the busy A24 dual carriageway.
|Spencers Place to End|
Start point: 51.074 lat, -0.3368 long
From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the Black Jug. Keep straight ahead along the long, straight residential road. At the crossroads at the end, go ahead into West Parade. Take the first right, Newlands Road, and at the T-junction at the end turn left along Milnwood Road. You will come to a T-junction with North Parade.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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