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Horsham and Denne Hill

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Horsham and Denne Hill
Author: WSW, Published: 25 Feb 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guidestar1 Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guidestar1 Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guidestar1 Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guidestar0 Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guide
West Sussex, Horsham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Horsham and Denne Hill
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guide boot Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guide
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Hi I'm Lucy and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. It's a 3 mile circular walk from the market town of Horsham, making its way alongside the River Arun before climbing Denne Hill and passing through woodland and farmland to return to the town. All in all? A lovely outing. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex.

The walk has a couple of steady climbs/descents and follows a range of woodland and farmland paths which can be muddy after wet weather and in winter. There are no stiles, just a few kissing gates to negotiate. One section of the walk passes through Denne Park where cattle are grazing so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the end of the Causeway in Horsham by the entrance to St Mary’s Church.

By car: The nearest parking is in The Forum multi-storey car park on Blackhorse Way. The fee is £3 Mon-Sat for up to 4hrs and free on Sundays and Bank Holidays (correct Oct 2015). Approximate post code RH12 1NU. From the car park, turn right along Blackhorse Way and then at the end turn right to reach the Causeway. St Mary's Church is at the end of the Causeway.

By train: Horsham rail station is about three quarters of a mile from the starting point (a 15 minute walk). From the station, follow North Street towards the town centre and, by the Black Jug, fork right to follow the pedestrian walkway under the main road. Keep ahead along South Street, turn left into East Street, continue through the Market Square and you will reach the Causeway. St Mary's Church is at the end of the Causeway.

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Walk Sections

Start to Railway Gate
Start to Railway Gate

Start point: 51.06 lat, -0.3307 long
End point: 51.0573 lat, -0.3309 long

The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the oldest existing building in Horsham. Originally a Norman church occupied the spot and remains of this church are to be found in the tower, the west door and the north- west wall. A new church dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, was completed in about 1247.

Take the path to the right of the church and follow this through the churchyard. Continue straight ahead past the fenced Remembrance Garden to the right containing various streams, lawns and flowerbeds. Ignoring paths to the left and right, go straight on across the narrow steel framed footbridge over the River Arun.

Turn left and follow the path running alongside the river. As you come to the railway bridge ahead, use the footbridge to cross back over the river, and then turn right to pass under the railway arches. After a few metres, turn right into a wide stone path which runs parallel with and to the left of the railway line. You will reach a wooden kissing gate ahead.

Railway Gate to Denne Park
Railway Gate to Denne Park

Start point: 51.0573 lat, -0.3309 long
End point: 51.0496 lat, -0.3314 long

Pass through the wooden kissing gate and you are now entering the grounds of Denne Park. This land is privately owned and the pastures are used for raising cattle so take care with dogs. Follow the wide grass path straight ahead, heading towards a large oak tree with a wooden signpost to its left. As you reach the tree, follow the path as it forks to the left and climbs up Denne Hill.

As you reach the next tree line you will come to a green metal bench on the right which provides a good place for a rest and to enjoy the views back over the town. Continue straight ahead following the fenced woodland on your left. On your right you will pass a large oak tree which has grown over the remains of a circular bench which once sat around its trunk. Follow the path winding along the edge of the woodland. Pass through the remains of a tall metal kissing gate into the woods.

Follow the main path meandering through the woodland. As you emerge out of the trees fork left along the narrow grass path for about 80 metres and then turn right to join a raised stone track. After a few paces, fork right onto the tarmac path heading towards the mansion house – Denne Park House.

Denne Park House is a sandstone property which dates from 1605 but has 18th century additions. Denne Park had a number of stone quarries on the estate and these supplied the Horsham stone roof tiles that are still evident today. Around 1950 the property was divided up into apartments and remains that way today.

About 100 metres before you reach the gate to the mansion, and immediately after a clump of four trees on your left, fork left across the pasture heading for the far corner of the properties adjoining the mansion. You will come to a wooden kissing gate alongside a metal field gate.

Denne Park to River Arun
Denne Park to River Arun

Start point: 51.0496 lat, -0.3314 long
End point: 51.0514 lat, -0.3222 long

Pass through the kissing gate to enter the field. Follow the path with the gardens to the private properties directly to your right. Half way down the field, follow the path as it veers to the left to cut diagnonally across to the far left-hand corner of the field. Pass through a wooden kissing gate and follow the path straight ahead into woodland. After a short distance you will come to a T-junction with Pedlar’s Way, a cycle way running from Horsham to Southwater. Turn sharp left and follow Pedlar’s Way downhill.

Continue ahead through a gap beside a five bar wooden gate and on your left you’ll see the beautiful white gleaming trunks of the silver birch plantation. Ignore paths to the left and right and continue for more than half a mile. Eventually you will come to a private residence on the left with large lakes in the garden. Shortly afterwards you will come to a wide concrete bridge over the River Arun – a good place for dogs to paddle in the summer months.

The River Arun’s source is a series of small streams in the St Leonard’s Forest area to the east of Horsham. The river flows south through Arundel and then meets the English Channel at Littlehampton.

River Arun to Chesworth Lane
River Arun to Chesworth Lane

Start point: 51.0514 lat, -0.3222 long
End point: 51.0567 lat, -0.3257 long

Cross over the River Arun and after a few paces turn left up a stone track, which swings left and leads you to a refurbished stone barn. Follow the path to the right of the barn and continue passing between a house on the right and a local authority depot on the left. Ahead is a small pond and reed bed, where reed warblers breed every summer.

Bear left here with the depot on your left and the pond on your right. Continue straight ahead along the tarmac track. The pastures to the left and right are managed as a nature reserve by Horsham District Council and you will notice the traditionally laid hedges on your left. Continue to the end of the track where you’ll come to a vehicle barrier.

Chesworth Lane to End
Chesworth Lane to End

Start point: 51.0567 lat, -0.3257 long
End point: 51.0595 lat, -0.3302 long

Pass alongside the vehicle barrier, over the bridge which crosses a stream and continue straight ahead into Chesworth Lane, a residential street. Continue to the end of the road, passing under the arched railway bridge along the way.

Turn right into Denne Road and then left into Normandy, just before the large brick built Normandy Centre. You will see St Mary’s Church straight ahead. Follow the path to the right of the church to return to your starting point at the end of the Causeway.

If you enjoyed this walk, remember to visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. Tap the Listen button (available via App only) to find out more...

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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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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
A beautiful sweet chestnut tree - October 2015
588_1adminv151445761619 Horsham and Denne Hill digital walking guide Image by: adminv15
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The lovely old barn near the end of the walk.

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