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|Sussex Hospice Trail Part 22: Horsham to Billingshurst|
|Author: jsellars, Published: 26 Sep 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Horsham|
|A 10 mile linear walk from Horsham rail station to Billingshurst rail station in West Sussex, forming Part 22 of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This long distance walk takes in both the undulating countryside of the Sussex Weald and the market town of Horsham. On route you will pass the historic Christ Hospital, one of the oldest schools in England, walk along the scenic Downs Way Link and West Sussex Literary Trail and take in interesting estates and ancient woodland. The return leg can be completed with a single 10 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 Hospice 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 Weald is well known for its mud and after rain the trail can be heavy going in places. You will need to negotiate a number of stiles, kissing gates, narrow footbridges and footpaths, short sections of steps and cross one pedestrian level crossing. There are a few road crossings that need care when crossing and two short sections of road which are only accessible via grass and road side verge. The first stretch of the route takes you through the busy town of Horsham but this soon opens up into woodland and open fields. You are likely to come across livestock in some of the fields so take particular care with dogs. Allow 5 hours.
Toilets are available at the rail stations at each end but there are a number of opportunities for toilet breaks and refreshments along the route, most notably Horsham Town centre and Barns Green for pubs and a very nice campsite café. Picnic spots can be found at many of the locations on route.
The walk starts at Horsham rail station and ends at Billinghurst rail station. The two stations are connected by a fairly regular service and the journey takes just 10 minutes. If you are coming by car, there are pay and display car parks alongside both stations. Approximate post code for Horsham Station RH12 1RD.
|Start to Railway Footbridge|
Start point: 51.0662 lat, -0.3198 long
Standing with your back to the front entrance of Horsham rail station, facing the Beefeater restaurant, cross over onto Hurst Road and walk along the left-hand pavement. Stay on this pavement, passing Horsham sorting office, law courts, youth centre and police, fire and ambulance station. Immediately before the first set of pedestrian lights you come to (and adjacent to the fire and ambulance station) take a marked footpath to your left. Walk along this enclosed footpath for a short distance before emerging into Horsham Park.
|Railway Footbridge to Christs Hospital|
Start point: 51.0566 lat, -0.3431 long
Follow the footpath as it begins to ascend, past fields, and then into a small woodland until emerging onto a road. At the road, take an immediate right, following the public bridleway marker onto a tarmac lane. Walk along this, passing a number of residential properties, open fields and woodland until you see a small pond on your left-hand side. Immediately before the pond take a marked footpath to your left. Follow this footpath, which gets very narrow in places, passing thorough one small gate which leads you through a further two gates with stiles until reaching the main road through the village.
|Christs Hospital to Barns Green|
Start point: 51.0464 lat, -0.3528 long
Continue through the village, always keeping the school on your left and following signs to Barns Green until you reach a fork in the road. At the fork, take the left-hand lane, heading towards one of the entrances to the school. Just before reaching the entrance, take a right turn through a small meadow, marked Downs Link Way. Walk through the meadow and onto a gravel path.
|Barns Green to Ten Acre Copse|
Start point: 51.0322 lat, -0.3877 long
Keeping the houses on your right and with the rail track now on your left, walk through the development until you arrive at a main road, Two Mile Ash Road. From here, turn right and walk up through the village passing Barns Green Primary School on your left. At the end of this road you reach a T-junction, turn left here into Chapel Road. Walk along Chapel Road, passing the Queens Head pub on your left and until you see a footpath fingerpost and a sign for ‘Sumners Fishery and Campsite’ on your right. Turn right into the car park and walk towards the camping area. Pass the reception building for the campsite on your left and continue walking straight along a gravel driveway until you will see another fingerpost. Take the left-hand footpath at the fingerpost, between two hedges, and head through the campsite towards a woodland.
|Ten Acre Copse to Woodhouse Copse|
Start point: 51.0214 lat, -0.4063 long
Pass through the wooden gate and onto a small lane. Walk along this lane, passing more farmhouses and stables (look out for the interesting vintage vehicles on the left-hand side) eventually reaching a sharp right-hand bend in the lane. Continue right around the bend and ignore the footpath signs which would take you straight on. Continue on the lane until you reach another wooden gate and a stile. Cross over this stile, and walk along the lane and over a railway bridge.
|Woodhouse Copse to Fewhurst Farm|
Start point: 51.0184 lat, -0.424 long
At the corner of the field, follow the immediate path to your left into the woodland. Keep on the rather cattle worn path through the woods but always keeping the stream on your right-hand side. Cross over a small footbridge and continue on to a small clearing. At the clearing, bear right along the footpath and you will reach a metal gate. Go through the gate and head towards the railway bridge (No.372). Go under this bridge, walking along a narrow path, to reach a T-junction and a more substantial footpath over the river.
|Fewhurst Farm to End|
Start point: 51.0124 lat, -0.4325 long
At the busy main road, cross over to the other side and turn right, walking a short distance along the verge until reaching a left-hand turn into a driveway. Turn in here and head towards a metal gate and a stile. Cross over the stile and take the right-hand footpath which leads you to another stile. Go over this and into an open field.
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I walked the section from Barns Green to Billingshurst with my dog on a sunny day. the directions were faultless but as a local I felt the route did not make use of the stupendous views available if you walk on the higher land above Barns Green rather than following the railway. These paths will be good for winter walking however, being mostly on lanes and gravel farm tracks.
|By ClairusMaxim on 2016-10-05 08:04:15|
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