Amberley Circular T=swc.11
Distance: 11.1 Miles (17.8 km), (or 15.1 miles/24.2 km with extension)
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
"The morning is flat, first passing through the river meadows of the Arun to the picturesque village of Amberley, and then following a route along the foot of the downs, with fine views up onto the ridge one way, and down onto the marshland of Amberley Wild Brooks the other. You get a brief taste of the Brooks, before passing through the park of a stately home, Parham House, and to lunch in Cootham.
After lunch there is a long but reasonably well-graded climb up onto the downs (which is what earns this a toughness rating of 5), and then there is an easy walk with fine views along the top of ridge, ending with a descent to Amberley."
It is also possible to extend the walk by doing the last leg of SWC Walk 100
along the Arun River to Arundel.
Train: Take the 09:36 Southhampton/Bognor Regis train from London Victoria (stopping at Clapham Junction at 9:43 and East Croydon at 9:53), arriving at Amberley at 10:57. Return trains from Amberley are at XX:17 to 21:17 then 23.03. Buy a day return to Amberley or Arundel, if planning on doing the extension.
The recommended lunch spot is the Crown Inn
(01903 742 625) in Cootham (5.5 miles/8.2 km into the walk). Probably worth booking. Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Bridge Inn near Amberley Station.