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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 24: Pulborough to Amberley|
|Author: korman, Published: 01 Jul 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Pulborough|
|A 6.5 mile linear walk from Pulborough rail station to Amberley rail station forming Part 24 of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This is a fascinating walk of contrasting landscapes such as wooded heathland, managed wetlands along the Arun, the picture box village of Amberley and the chalk scarp slope of the Downs. The return leg can be completed with a single 6 minute train journey. |
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.
This stretch of the route has several climbs and descents throughout, including one steep climb up to the South Downs ridge. Several of the paths follow the River Arun and cross its flood plain so it can be very muddy at times (and may be impassable with floodwater in wet winters or after periods of heavy rain). In summer, some of the narrow paths can be a bit overgrown. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and a few stiles. You will be sharing a few of the fields with cattle and at least one field with sheep so take particular care with dogs. Allow 3.5 hours.
Pulborough is a large village where the Rivers Arun and Rother meet. It looks southwards over the broad flood plain of the River Arun to the South Downs and is on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park. Pulborough rail station is on the London Victoria - Bognor Regis line. The station has a ticket office, coffee shop, toilets and a taxi rank. If you are coming by car the post code for Pulborough Station is RH20 1AH and parking is £5.50 per day or £2.00 on Sundays (correct June 2016). For the return train journey from Amberley to Pulborough there are usually two trains per hour on weekdays and one train per hour at weekends.
|Start to Pulborough Garden Centre|
Start point: 50.9573 lat, -0.5166 long
With the station buildings to your left, head in the direction of the top of the car park but then take an immediate right turn just behind the cycle rack. This leads you to a narrow tarmac footpath which runs along the left-hand side of the road. Continue under the trees and, at an open gate into a lane, turn left. Follow the lane over the bridge as it bears left. Continue until just before the lane bears slightly to the right. At this fingerpost, leave the lane and take the public footpath to your left. (NOTE: If you are continuing from Trail Part 23, pick up the directions from this point). Go up one step and then up a slight rise to emerge into a crop field with open views all around. Follow the trodden path, which may be muddy, across the left-hand side of the field. You will see a concrete pillbox ahead of you (just to your right) which is part of the line of defence built in 1940 along the river from Arundel.
|Pulborough Garden Centre to London Road|
Start point: 50.9548 lat, -0.5323 long
NOTE: In wet winters and after periods of heavy rain this next section is prone to flooding and so could be impassable for walkers.
|London Road to Greatham Bridge|
Start point: 50.9453 lat, -0.5312 long
Turn right for just a few paces then take an immediate left onto a public footpath. Go over the stile (which has a raised bar for dogs) and continue into a small downward sloping field, which may contain sheep. At the kissing gate, continue along a narrow path, which is part of the Wey South Path. This narrow pathway leads you through a narrow wooded area with streams on both sides and goes on for about half a mile. In wet weather it may be muddy and in summer parts of the path may be overgrown.
|Greatham Bridge to Amberley Village|
Start point: 50.9366 lat, -0.5333 long
After crossing Greatham Bridge, turn immediate right over the stile and follow the footpath which has a small sign saying Wey South Path. Continue along the narrow grassy path with the River Arun to your right. Emerge onto a sandy lane and take a right turn along this, uphill. The track lane bears left, right then left at Quell Farm. At the fence follow the footpath, which is still the Wey South Path, as it bends again and then becomes a wide grassy track with open views to your right. Continue into the open field and bear immediately right to cross Amberley Wildbrooks towards the Downs and the village of Amberley.
|Amberley Village to End|
Start point: 50.9095 lat, -0.5355 long
As your path meets Amberley village turn immediately left. The pretty thatched cottages along this lane are typical of this village. Turn right at the junction with High Street where there is a tea room on your left next to the phone box. Continue ahead along School Lane to the junction with the busy B2139. Cross this road very carefully and continue up Mill Hill ahead. This lane is the steepest part of this walk as you are climbing up the scarp slope of the South Downs. At the first junction turn sharp right and follow the lane along the contour of the hill. The buildings of Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre are visible to your left in the little valley below. At the T-junction, carefully cross the B2139 and then turn left onto the concealed pavement on the right-hand side of the road. At the bend, be aware the pavement is narrow and oncoming traffic may be very close. When you see the railway station sign, carefully cross the road to enter the railway courtyard and Amberley Station where this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail ends.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author korman 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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