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Burpham and North Stoke

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Burpham and North Stoke
Author: mike evans, Published: 16 Sep 2018 Walk Rating:star1  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guidestar1  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guidestar1  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guidestar1  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guidestar0  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guide
West Sussex, River Aran
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Burpham and North Stoke
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guide boot  Burpham and North Stoke - iFootpath Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk in West Sussex, from the charming village of Burpham to North Stoke and back. This varied walk takes a northerly and pretty route along the River Arun before leaving it to reach the small hamlet of North Stoke. It returns to Burpham by an alternate route.

The walk is relatively flat, although there are some steady gradients up and down. The route along the Arun involves crossing the Barnham to Victoria railway line (at an official but unsignalled crossing). There are a number of gates and stiles along the way, most of these stiles having access for dogs to pass through (our springer got through them all unaided). You will cross one meadow that is likely to be holding sheep and there was also evidence of cattle in some of the fields along the way (although there were none on the route when we did the walk). Allow 2.5 hours.

Burpham sits to the north east of Arundel. To reach the village, leave Arundel in an easterly direction on the A27 and, shortly after passing over the railway bridge, turn left onto a road signed Warningcamp and Burpham. Drive for 3 miles, passing through the small village of Wepham en-route. When you reach Burpham, turn left into the village. After 350 yards bear right as a small road goes off to the left. Then, after 100 yards, turn left immediately after The George public house. The road leads to a free public car park. The latitude and longitude of the parking is 50.869990,-0.523052 and the nearest postcode is BN18 9RR.

Walk Sections

Start to Arun
Start to Arun

Start point: 50.8699 lat, -0.524 long
End point: 50.8666 lat, -0.5256 long

Exit the car park in the direction that you entered. On your left there is a wooden building, with a playing field beyond it. This is the village hall. Walk past the village hall and immediately turn left to walk into the playing field. Turn left again and pass in front of the building. Ahead and to the left is a wooden fence with chicken wire between the posts. Follow this fence, walking immediately to the right of it. Continue alongside the fence as you reach the end of the playing field to pass a children's play area on your right.

Continue on, passing through a gate. Do NOT go over the stile on the left. Instead continue along with an arable field and a wire fence on the left and a hedge on the right. Behind the hedge you will see glimpses of the terrain which drops away steeply for 40 to 50 feet. After 80 metres or so the path bears right away from the field and travels down the aforementioned drop via a series of steps. At the bottom of the drop and steps there is a three-way footpath fingerpost on the left and a stile ahead. Do Not cross the stile, but follow the fingerpost to turn right before it.

Arun to Railway
Arun to Railway

Start point: 50.8666 lat, -0.5256 long
End point: 50.874 lat, -0.5355 long

Once you have turned right, walk down a few more steps and walk through a wooded area along a path with steeply ascending land on your right. Walk through the wooded area for a distance of 380 metres or so with glimpses of the Arun on your left. The last part is narrow and passes through brambles. Finally emerge to reach a large wooden panelled fence ahead with a fingerpost on the left. Turn left and the path drops down to meet a galvanised gate. Go through the gate and walk through a now wider section of grass alongside the Arun to meet another large galvanised gate with a stile alongside. Pass through the gate (or over the stile) and continue ahead.

Shorly the path meets a track coming down from the right. Turn left to join this and pass through another five bar galvanised gate. Climb the small slope on the left to walk along the bank of the Arun. After 250 metres or so drop down right a few paces away from river to reach the railway. Cross a stile and, after checking carefully for trains, cross the rail line and a further stile.

Railway to South Stoke
Railway to South Stoke

Start point: 50.874 lat, -0.5355 long
End point: 50.882 lat, -0.5435 long

Once over the railway, walk ahead going slightly downhill on a farm track. Shortly bear left and climb back up onto the bank of the Arun again. Follow the river as it meanders along. The tiny hamlet of South Stoke can be seen across the river. After some 800 metres you will reach and cross a stile (with provision for a dog to pass through). Shortly reach a three-way fingerpost. Ignore the right turn and continue straight ahead, passing through some trees. At the end of the trees cross a further stile ahead (with a dog passing facility to the right).

Continue on the riverbank as it curves to the left for 380 metres to reach a stile (with a dog passing gap). Cross over this and onto a roadway (which leads over a bridge to South Stoke). Go straight across the roadway and through a kissing gate. Now continue beside the Arun for a further 200 metres to a kissing gate.

South Stoke to North Stoke
South Stoke to North Stoke

Start point: 50.882 lat, -0.5435 long
End point: 50.8876 lat, -0.5473 long

Bear right to pass through the kissing gate, to walk away from the Arun. Walk on the right-hand edge of a wood with a stream on your right. Walk through the wood for 200 metres to a small suspension bridge. Cross this bridge, named the Gurkha Bridge. The original bridge was damaged when an old oak tree fell on to it. The 70 Gurkha Field Support Squadron of 36 Regiment stepped in to build a new one. It was opened in 2009. The bridge spans what was the original route of the Arun, which has now been re-directed.

Shortly pass through a kissing gate and into a meadow. Walk up the incline in front of you for 200 metres. Pass through a kissing gate at the top of the meadow and along a narrow path to emerge onto a narrow road with a fingerpost on the right.

North Stoke to Corner
North Stoke to Corner

Start point: 50.8876 lat, -0.5473 long
End point: 50.8831 lat, -0.525 long

Once on the road, the village of North Stoke is on your left. Our route however goes right. So turn right onto the road and walk for 200 metres. Shortly after passing a waymarker post on the left, you will see an old galvanised five bar gate on the right with a smaller gate and a bridleway fingerpost. Bear right to pass through the smaller gate (somewhat hidden in the undergrowth) and into a meadow. Follow the farm track as it descends and runs below some power lines. (There were sheep in this meadow when we walked).

At the bottom of the meadow follow the power lines to pass through a wooden five bar gate. You will see another gate a short distance ahead. Pass through this second gate and walk straight ahead towards the double pole support of the power line, situated in the left-hand corner of the meadow. Head towards an obvious open five bar gate and walk through it.

Continue ahead as the path narrows with a rithe (drainage ditch) on your right. Walk on the path for some 650 metres. Towards the end, the path bears left and enters some trees. At the end of this section there will be a two-way bridleway fingerpost on the left and then a five bar gate and, as the path turns sharply to the right, a further three-way fingerpost. To the left you will see an escarpment climbs steeply.

Corner to Farm
Corner to Farm

Start point: 50.8831 lat, -0.525 long
End point: 50.8744 lat, -0.5274 long

Do NOT take the left-hand options, instead bear right to stay at the edge of the meadow with now a wire fence on the right. After 500 metres you will pass a stile and fingerpost on the right. Continue past these to meet a wide farm track. Follow this as it swings left and starts to climb. Continue on this track for 560 metres to reach some farm buildings on the right and a small road at a junction.

Farm to End
Farm to End

Start point: 50.8744 lat, -0.5274 long
End point: 50.87 lat, -0.5239 long

The road has branches left and right and straight ahead. Take the straight ahead option. Continue for just over 400 metres to enter Burpham village again. Shortly after passing the church on the left, you will reach a T-junction. At this T-junction, turn left. 40 metres or so will bring you back to The George public house. Turn right just before it and walk the short distance back to the car park.

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