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|Arundel and Amberley|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 05 Oct 2015||Walk Rating:|
|West Sussex, Arundel|
|Hi, I'm Georgina and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. We're heading to Arundel, my dad grew up there and it's the perfect place to get away from our hectic life in the city; a castle, the river and beautiful countryside, just a train ride from home, perfect. 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 full walk is 12 miles but if that sounds too much for you, there's an option to shorten it to 7.5 miles. The route has a few climbs and descents including a long climb over the South Downs ridge. Almost all the paths can be muddy and in the wetter months the South Downs are often thick with chalky clay, so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several sets of steps, kissing gates and 12 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds suitable for dogs to pass through). There are a couple of stretches along quiet roads and you will also need to cross the railway at an unsignalled crossing, so take particular care at these points. You will be sharing several of the meadows and fields with both cattle and sheep. Allow 6 hours for the walk plus extra time for the pit stops, so ideally you should allow the whole day.
The walk starts and finishes at Arundel Rail Station in West Sussex. You can catch the train direct from London Victoria. If you are coming by car, there is a pay and display car park at Arundel Station which costs £4.40 per day Mon-Sat or £2 on Sunday (correct Oct 2015). Approximate post code BN18 9PH.
|Start to Arundel Centre|
Start point: 50.848 lat, -0.5467 long
Leave Arundel Station along the access road and turn left alongside the A27. After just a short distance, use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement and follow this passing a roundabout on your left. Soon you are forced to swap to the left-hand pavement and the road leads you over the river to a mini-roundabout. Go straight ahead into the High Street.
|Arundel Centre to Railway Crossing|
Start point: 50.8544 lat, -0.5539 long
When you are finished in Arundel, head back down to the mini-roundabout at the bottom of the High Street. Go straight ahead over the river bridge and, before the first house on the left, turn left into the alley signed as a public footpath. At the T-junction, fork left to join the narrow stone footpath which swings right to run directly alongside the River Arun.
|Railway Crossing to Burpham Village|
Start point: 50.8643 lat, -0.536 long
Keep ahead across the meadow to rejoin the embankment path. Cross a double stile and continue on the riverside path. After crossing four more stiles you will come to a fingerpost marking a junction of paths. Go ahead, up the flight of steps (known as Jacob’s Ladder) into woodland. At the top, bear left, following the path with fenced fields on your right. Go through the gate ahead and you will come to the Burpham cricket ground.
|Burpham Village to Woodland Copse|
Start point: 50.8705 lat, -0.5241 long
Once fed and watered we are back on the move. Turn right along the village road heading downhill between the cute cottages. At the junction, follow the main road to the left. After passing Splash Farm Barn you will come to a crossroads. Turn left and follow the road (taking care of traffic) heading gradually uphill (the start of the long climb to the South Downs).
|Woodland Copse to South Downs Way|
Start point: 50.8887 lat, -0.5173 long
Turn right and then join the field-edge path which runs along the left-hand side of the hedge in front of you. At the top of the field you will come to a crossroads. Go straight on and follow the track to a gate. NOTE: There will probably be sheep in this pasture. Pass through the gate and follow the wide track that hugs the left-hand edge of the steep valley side. As you walk down you will see two exits to this field; one ahead at the end of the field (you don’t want this one) and a smaller gate nearer to you on the right-hand boundary (this is the one you are after). As you reach the bottom of the valley, swing right and leave the field via the small gate.
|South Downs Way to Amberley Station|
Start point: 50.9024 lat, -0.525 long
Go through the gateway (with the farm buildings ahead) and at the fork, take the right-hand branch, a narrower grass path between fenced fields (still part of the South Downs Way). From this high vantage point the views are quite something, they stretch for miles. You can see the castle in Amberley as well as the River Arun snaking through the valley bottom.
|Amberley Station to Gurkha Bridge|
Start point: 50.8971 lat, -0.5414 long
If you’re still walking with us, follow the pavement under the railway bridge and you will come to Amberley Village which has lots of places to explore and the ideal spot for a second pit stop. We can’t help it, burning all those calories means one thing, it’s time to replenish them with scones and jam in the Amberley Village tea room, divine.
|Gurkha Bridge to Offham Village|
Start point: 50.8848 lat, -0.5465 long
Cross the bridge, continue along the tree-lined path, go through the kissing gate and then bear left to join the riverside path once again. Soon the path leads you through a kissing gate. Turn immediately right and follow the quiet lane over the river bridge. Ignore the stile on the left, simply follow the main lane winding through the village of South Stoke.
|Offham Village to End|
Start point: 50.8698 lat, -0.5434 long
Turn left and then take the first road on the right (signed to Arundel). Follow the road downhill between tall steep banks and as you emerge out from the trees you will come to the Black Rabbit riverside pub on the left, the final pit stop on this walk and a perfect spot to kick back in the garden.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author WSW and may not be reproduced without permission.
Brilliant walk! A bit of everything! Fantastic instructions! A good pair of boots is a must as suggested x
|By Emma on 30 Jul 2017|
Tranquil walk and beautiful without too many other walkers - just perfect X
|By skiing on 01 Jul 2017|
Really good walk.
|By helian74 on 14 May 2017|
Fantastic walk and best directions. Didn't take a wrong turn. Thanks for sharing this.
|By derekabell on 04 May 2017|
Great directions.Lovely walk.Thankyou.
|By Maccrrambler on 25 Mar 2016|
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 05 Oct 2015
The views of the castle at the beginning of the walk looking over the River Arun are quite magical.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 05 Oct 2015
We met this character with his gang close by to one of the stiles we needed to cross. He just watched us walk by.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 05 Oct 2015
You will see the Black Rabbit on the way out across the other side of the river inviting you to make a mental bookmark to drop in on the way back to Arundel.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 05 Oct 2015
The Gurkha Bridge - hidden in the woods.
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