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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 3: Arundel to Goring-by-Sea|
|Author: FSH, Published: 17 Jun 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Arundel|
|An 11 mile linear walk from Arundel rail station to Goring-by-Sea rail station in West Sussex, forming the third stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes in a short stretch of the River Arun before joining long peaceful bridleways through the woodlands of the Angmering Estate, visiting Chestnut Tree House along the way. From here it is on through more woodland, through the pretty village of Patching and then up to an old Iron Age hill fort with breathtaking views. Finally the route leads you past St Barnabas House and on through Goring-by-Sea to reach the rail station. You will enjoy elegant beech woodlands, a pretty village with charming flint cottages and panoramic views across the sea. The return leg can be completed with two train journeys or one bus journey, each taking about an hour. |
The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.
The walking route from Arundel to Goring-by-Sea has gentle slopes throughout, plus just a couple of steeper gradients. The paths are firm and wide for the most part, but the unmade woodland bridleways can get very muddy at times and a couple of the narrow paths can get overgrown with nettles. There are a few road crossings that need care and the route also includes an unsignalled rail crossing, so take particular care here to listen and look for trains before you cross. You will need to negotiate some steps, kissing gates and 5 stiles. All but one of the stiles will be easy for dogs to pass through and the one in question can be avoided quite easily. A couple of the fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs. Toilets are available at Arundel rail station at the start of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments there is a pub, The Worlds End, at about the 7 mile mark and there are several shops near Goring-by-Sea station at the end of the walk. Allow 5.5 hours.
The walk starts at Arundel rail station and ends at Goring-by-Sea rail station. If you wish to return via train, you will need to change at Ford rail station and the trains do not run particularly frequently so this journey is likely to take close to an hour. Alternatively you can return via bus and the Stagecoach Coastliner 700 runs a service between Goring-by-Sea and Arundel (via Littlehampton), taking about an hour. The service runs half-hourly Mon-Sat and hourly on Sundays. As all these transport connections are relatively infrequent, please look up the bus or train times before you set out. If you are coming by car, there is a pay and display car park at Arundel Station. The daily rate for parking is £4.40 Mon-Sat and £2 Sun and Bank Holidays (correct Jun 2015). Approximate post code for Arundel Station BN18 9PH.
|Start to Railway Crossing|
Start point: 50.8483 lat, -0.5465 long
Leave Arundel Station back along the vehicle access road to reach the junction with the A27. Turn left along the pavement and immediately on the left you will notice a bus stop, this is the stop that you will alight at later, should you be planning to return by bus. After just a short distance, use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement and follow this passing a roundabout on your left.
|Railway Crossing to Stone Track|
Start point: 50.8558 lat, -0.5382 long
At the opposite side, keep ahead along the tarmac lane passing the white house on the left. Follow this lane ahead, ignoring any footpaths signed off to the left. Continue all the way to the end of the road where you will find a crossroads with a bench and bus stop. (NOTE: Take care at this junction as, although the traffic is usually very quiet, the visibility is not easy). Turn left on the road signed to Burpham and follow it, taking care of occasional traffic.
|Stone Track to Chestnut Tree House|
Start point: 50.8596 lat, -0.5129 long
Turn left to join the stone track and after a short distance you will come to a fork marked with a fingerpost. Bear right and a few paces later bear right again to join a narrow path climbing steadily into the woodland. Mind your step along this path as it is very uneven with tree roots.
|Chestnut Tree House to Selden Fields|
Start point: 50.842 lat, -0.4953 long
Now retrace your steps along the access lane, passing the farm and the woodland car park to reach the junction with the bridleway from which you emerged. At this point, stay on the tarmac access lane as it swings right. Beyond the belt of trees on the left you will be able to see open fields, whilst on the right are the small woodlands of Butler’s Copse and Hammerpot Copse.
|Selden Fields to Patching Church|
Start point: 50.8511 lat, -0.4769 long
Stay on the main forest bridleway, keeping straight ahead at the three crossroads of tracks, to reach the far edge of the woodland. As you emerge from the trees, keep ahead on the wide path between crop fields.
|Patching Church to The Worlds End|
Start point: 50.8484 lat, -0.4571 long
Continue along the concrete access lane, away from the church, which leads you to a T-junction with the village road. Turn right passing pretty thatched half-timbered cottages on the left. Take the first turning on the left, Coldharbour Lane, passing Delaney House and Cottage on the right.
|The Worlds End to Highdown Copse|
Start point: 50.8397 lat, -0.4578 long
Cross over the road with care and take the tarmac track ahead, signed as a public bridleway. Pass alongside the vehicle gate and follow the track through the underpass beneath the A27. As you emerge from the underpass, turn left and follow the fenced path. This green corridor running between the A280 on your right and the A27 on your left, provides a welcome retreat for wildlife.
|Highdown Copse to St Barnabas House|
Start point: 50.8326 lat, -0.4494 long
Follow the straight bridleway track ahead, climbing steadily through the woodland. At the top of the slope you will emerge between concrete blocks to reach a crossroads on Highdown Hill (by a National Trust sign). Turn left and as you emerge from the tunnel of trees you will be rewarded by magnificent views ahead taking in a long stretch of the south coast. On a clear day you will easily be able to see Brighton and beyond to the Seven Sisters white cliffs.
|St Barnabas House to End|
Start point: 50.827 lat, -0.4307 long
Continue along Romany Road, passing a large gym on the right. At the roundabout, turn right into Yeoman Road and follow this down to the roundabout with the main A2032. Cross over the A2032 using the pedestrian crossings just across to your right. At the far side, turn left along the pavement (heading back towards the roundabout) and then fork right and right again into Limbrick Lane.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author FSH 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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 06 Oct 2015
The River Arun near the start of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 07 Oct 2015
Bobbie enjoying the bus on the ride back to Arundel Rail Station
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 07 Oct 2015
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