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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Sea|
|Author: FSH Team, Published: 20 Oct 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Goring by Sea|
|A 9 mile linear seafront walk from Goring-by-Sea railway station to Shoreham-by-Sea railway station in West Sussex, forming the fourth stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The walk is almost entirely along the coast with varied seafront pathways and promenades and fantastic views of the sea throughout. |
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 route goes down, heading south, to the seafront from Goring-by-Sea and then follows the coastline, in an easterly direction, all the way along through Worthing to Shoreham-by-Sea with magnificent views of the English Channel. It is on entirely flat surfaces which vary from suburban pavement, a pretty woodland path, seafront path, a promenade, a short stretch along a pavement next to a busy road before returning to paved seafront footpaths. There is an option for some pebble beach walking. There are a few road crossings that need care, but no stiles to negotiate, just one short flight of steps. Toilets and refreshment stops are plentiful along the route. The return leg can be completed by one train journey or a bus journey. Allow 5 hours.
The walk begins at Goring-by-Sea railway station and ends at Shoreham-by-Sea railway station. The two railway stations are connected by a fairly regular train service which takes just 15 minutes. Alternatively you can return via bus. As with all public transport connections, please look up the bus or train times before you set out. If you are coming by car there is parking in the Goring-by-Sea station car park which costs £3.90 per day and £ 2.00 on Sundays (correct October 2015). The approximate post code for Goring-by-Sea station is BN12 6NT.
|Start to Goring Gap|
Start point: 50.8177 lat, -0.4333 long
With your back to the railway line, walk south from Goring Station along Goring Street passing a sports clinic and Chatsworth House on your right. At the T junction turn right along Goring Way for a few yards, then, near the bus stop, carefully cross the road. After a few steps take the left-hand pavement down Goring Street which is directly opposite you. (NOTE: If you are continuing your walk from Trail Part 3, pick up the directions from this point). You pass the recreation ground on your right and a pub at the end of the road. At the T junction turn right onto Fernhurst Drive and cross the road before turning left down Bodiam Avenue.
|Goring Gap to Worthing Pier|
Start point: 50.8039 lat, -0.4314 long
At the seafront turn left, going eastwards, onto the pebble and clinker path which weaves in and out of a line of gorse and mallow bushes. There are many benches along this coastal path from which you can enjoy views of the English Channel.
|Worthing Pier to Lancing Green|
Start point: 50.8092 lat, -0.3696 long
After Worthing Pier continue eastwards along the promenade. In the summer months this area may be busy with extra fairground attractions. On your left you will see several new Worthing developments such as new apartments, a Leisure centre and pool. If the weather is clear at this point you may get a first glimpse of the coastline along to Brighton, the enormous tower of the i360 and you may possibly have a view all the way along to the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs beyond.
|Lancing Green to Church of the Good Shepherd|
Start point: 50.8173 lat, -0.3338 long
The shared cycle and footpath then passes a caravan park and mobile home park on the left before reaching one of the south coast's best kept secrets, the Widewater Lagoon. This beautiful, coastal nature reserve is a real hidden treasure. As the seasons change you could see a rich diversity of birds that rest, migrate and live here such as the Little Egret or the Oyster Catcher. All around the banks of this saline lagoon plants and flowers thrive in shingle and grassland.
|Church of the Good Shepherd to Riverbank|
Start point: 50.8199 lat, -0.3246 long
Continue on the seaward side of the pavement on Kings Walk road until you reach a green on your left. Carefully cross Kings Walk, walk northwards across the green and cross Beach Green Road at the zebra crossing. Turn left for a few steps and then turn right to enter the rectangular green play area. Diagonally cross this green area towards its top right-hand corner. You should be able to see the square tower of the St Mary's Church Shoreham ahead of you.
|Riverbank to Shoreham East Street|
Start point: 50.8288 lat, -0.2787 long
On your left is a most remarkable collection of riverboat dwellings recently referred to as 'The wackiest houseboats in Britain'. Many of these barge homes have become living works of art. There's everything here from a WWII bomber, a rusty coach and a car sticking out of a wall, all embedded in the houseboats. They are ever changing and are a truly fantastic sight.
|Shoreham East Street to End|
Start point: 50.8317 lat, -0.2746 long
At the top end of the pedestrianised section of East Street (with the pretty St Mary's Church on your left) cross over to join the right-hand pavement of the traffic-using section of East Street. At the junction with St Mary's Road stay on the pavement and turn right for a few yards until you reach Brunswick Rd.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author korman and may not be reproduced without permission.
This is a lovely walk with plenty of sea air! It's almost entirely flat with lots of places places for tea cake ice cream and more. In the first part you see almost every aspect of the English seaside from grand design - type flats to Worthing's Victorian Pier and seafront terraces. The Widewater lagoon is incredible - a real surprise and the final stretch along Shoreham Riverbank is incredible!
|By FSH Team on 21 Oct 2015|
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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