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|Amberley and the River Arun|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 17 Oct 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Amberley|
|Hi, I'm Kelly and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. My two sisters live in Sussex so it's a great excuse to head down and spend time with them while exploring all that the area has to offer. This 3.5 mile walk from Amberley is ideal as a short stroll mixed with plenty of chatting and eating. 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 first half of the walk is flat and follows riverside paths that can be very muddy and waterlogged in the wetter months so good boots are a must and wellingtons are recommended in winter. The second half follows quiet lanes and includes a fairly steep ascent and equivalent descent back to the village. You will need to negotiate 7 stiles along the way (all of which have gaps alongside for dogs to pass through) and there is also a pedestrian rail crossing on route so take particular care at this point. You may come across cattle within some of the riverside meadows. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at Amberley rail station, which is served by trains direct from London Victoria. Parking in Amberley is very limited so it is better to come by train, however there are a few free parking spaces at the station plus a large car park for the Amberley Museum which you are welcome to use if you are visiting the museum during your visit (NOTE: the museum has seasonal opening times so check before you travel). Approximate post code BN18 9LT.
|Start to Bury Village|
Start point: 50.8968 lat, -0.5415 long
Leave Amberley Station into the car park alongside Amberley Museum. Turn left, following the access lane down to a T-junction with the main road. Cross over with care and turn left along the pavement, following it under the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn right to join the gravel driveway signed as a public footpath.
|Bury Village to Amberley Castle|
Start point: 50.9074 lat, -0.5533 long
Turn right here, leaving the riverside embankment and following a subtle grass track across the (sometimes waterlogged!) meadows to reach a wide gate. As you approach the gate, the path leads you over a drainage ditch. Cross the stile to the left and, with your back to the gate, walk at about 11 o’clock across the meadows.
|Amberley Castle to Corner Cottage|
Start point: 50.9093 lat, -0.5412 long
Keep ahead on the path which widens to become a stone track, passing a pond on the left and then swinging right to pass the thatched Rock Cottage and beyond this the village church, both on the right. Stay on the quiet road through the centre of the village, passing Amberley Pottery on the right. Soon afterwards, turn left into the tarmac side road and follow this as it swings steadily right between many more quaint cottages.
|Corner Cottage to End|
Start point: 50.9064 lat, -0.5338 long
Cross over with care and take the small lane ahead, Mill Lane. The lane climbs fairly steeply uphill between steep banks. With this little workout on the edge of the South Downs, I won’t need to kill myself at the gym to burn off the calories devoured at the tea room!
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author WSW 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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Uploaded: 17 Oct 2015
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