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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Sea

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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:star1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Seastar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Seastar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Seastar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Seastar0 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Sea
West Sussex, Goring by Sea
Walk Type: Long distance path
Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Sea
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Sea
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Goring Gap
Start to Goring Gap

Start point: 50.8177 lat, -0.4333 long
End point: 50.8039 lat, -0.4314 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.

At the end of Bodiam Avenue (near the entrance to the Hospital), turn right along Fernhurst Drive. A few yards along turn left to enter a gate into Fernhurst Recreation Ground. With the gate behind you, keep to the line of trees on your left and walk across the recreation ground due south and exit at the bottom left into another open green area.

Cross this green area diagonally left until you meet a path in the trees. Turn right onto this path and follow it southwards. Take care crossing Amberley Drive and then continue on the path until it meets Marine Drive. At this point carefully cross and carry on along the path (through Goring Greensward) until you reach the seafront at Goring Gap.

Goring Gap to Worthing Pier
Goring Gap to Worthing Pier

Start point: 50.8039 lat, -0.4314 long
End point: 50.8092 lat, -0.3696 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.

Follow the path as it passes a beach side cafe and then a row of beach huts on your right. This is an area very popular with kite surfers.

Continue, heading east, along the seafront path as it leaves Goring for Worthing. You pass Worthing Sailing Club on the left, after which the path becomes a wide seaside promenade. On your right (opposite the bottom of Grand Avenue on your left), there is a Canadian Flag memorial to the servicemen and women who were stationed in Worthing during two world wars. If you pause and look up Grand Avenue you will see an unusually large building which was originally designed to be the Metropole Hotel.

Carry on eastwards, in the direction of Worthing Pier and passing the distinctive palm trees of Worthing promenade. The sense of being at a well-established English seaside resort intensifies as you reach the Pier itself. Worthing Pier was was officially opened in April 1862. Over the years it has been rebuilt and enlarged. It is now the seaside focus for the town and it has a theatre, regular art exhibitions as well as the more usual fun fair, deckchairs and ice cream options you would expect to find on a traditional pier.

Worthing Pier to Lancing Green
Worthing Pier to Lancing Green

Start point: 50.8092 lat, -0.3696 long
End point: 50.8173 lat, -0.3338 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.

At the end of the promenade, continue along the tarmac path past Worthing Rowing Club and the Sports Complex on your left. Watch out for the cyclists who share this paved area. After a row of Edwardian terraced buildings, the path passes a small park before joining the pavement alongside the busy A259 Brighton Road. Continue eastwards along this road. You are opposite Brooklands Park which is a 45 acres open space offering several leisure facilities around a little boating lake.

Take care along this section of the A259 particularly as the path merges with a cycle path. (The footpath does rise alongside the main road making the traffic a little less obtrusive and, if you wish, you do have the option to walk this section along the pebble beach). Soon you reach Lancing Beach Green where you once again meet the seafront path at a small pavilion covered in painted poppies. With Lancing Beach Green on your left the path passes a large new cafe and a small traditional beach cafe. As you continue along past the beach huts you join a quieter tarmac path which passes Lancing Sailing Club and there are public conveniences on your left.

Lancing Green to Church of the Good Shepherd
Lancing Green to Church of the Good Shepherd

Start point: 50.8173 lat, -0.3338 long
End point: 50.8199 lat, -0.3246 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.

At the end of Widewater Lagoon, continue along West Beach Road until you reach the Church of the Good Shepherd which is on your left.

Church of the Good Shepherd to Riverbank
Church of the Good Shepherd to Riverbank

Start point: 50.8199 lat, -0.3246 long
End point: 50.8288 lat, -0.2787 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.

Here, at the top right-hand (north east) corner of the green you have just crossed, you will find a short flight of steps leading up to the Riverbank Walk. Take these steps and at the top, with the houseboats in front of you, turn right along the footpath.

Riverbank to Shoreham East Street
Riverbank to Shoreham East Street

Start point: 50.8288 lat, -0.2787 long
End point: 50.8317 lat, -0.2746 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.

The narrow pathway continues alongside the houseboats until you reach its end at a sign which says Riverbank Walk. At this point turn left along another footpath with the River Adur still on your left and follow it to reach the southern end of the Adur Ferry Bridge. This lovely pedestrian bridge, funded via a bid by Sustrans, was opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in 2013. Turn left onto the bridge and walk across it. You will have views of the tidal river on either side.

At the end of the bridge carefully cross Brighton Road onto the pavement ahead and then bear right into the pedestrianised section of Shoreham's East Street with its small shops and cafes.

Shoreham East Street to End
Shoreham East Street to End

Start point: 50.8317 lat, -0.2746 long
End point: 50.8343 lat, -0.2723 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.

Carefully cross over and turn left, following the right-hand pavement of Brunswick Road and then continue in a northerly direction, crossing over the side road, Ham Road. Take the next right into the forecourt of Shoreham-by-Sea railway station where this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail ends and from where you can catch the train back to Goring-by-Sea.

We hope you have enjoyed walking this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. Its creation was possible thanks to the kind donation from Dr and Mrs Ian Gough and Sir Patrick and Lady Cable-Alexander, all of whom have strong links with Lancing College. Click the 'With Thanks to Lancing Chapel' banner (at the bottom of the webpage or on the walk overview page within the App) to read more about the chapel.

Hospices deliver their services for free but such care is not cheap and they largely depend on funds raised from their local communities. We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation either to your local hospice, wherever that may be, or to the Friends of Sussex Hospices in order to support these invaluable services.

To donate £5 to the Friends of Sussex Hospices text SHTR16 £5 to 70070. Tap the Listen button below (App only) to hear Kathy Gore, Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices, explaining why donations are so important.

Friends of Sussex Hospices, Registered Charity No. 1089306

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1 comments for "Sussex Hospices Trail Part 4: Goring-by-Sea to Shoreham-by-Sea"

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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