Off across a field

A muddy field. Amberley Circular

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Those Wild Brooks again....

Still flooded. Amberley Circular

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Tree, Parham Park

Amberley Circular

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Sheep reflected in floodwater

Amberley Circular

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Sherpas taking my stuff to the top

Climbing Kitstone Hill. Amberley Circular

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Nearly there

Careful with my stuff you Sherpas. Amberley Circular

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Sun and sea through a fence

Amberley Circular

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Amberley Circular walk

Out along the foot of the South Downs above Wild Brook wetland to Storrington for lunch, and back along the ridge of the Downs.


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 10-Dec-17

Sunday : An Amberley Circular Walk

Catch the 10:02 (or 10:06, change Gatwick) from London Victoria to Amberley. Arrive 11:25

Walk 11, Amberley Circular (in reverse). Follows the South Downs Way up to the downs for an easy ridge walk in the morning. I suggest you skip the first pub, but continue through parkland to the second pub, The Sportsman,, real ales, food to 5pm, mains ~ £13, with views over the wetlands. Its been reopened by a local brewery, and has very nice beer (Ambereyes recommended).

From there its a gentle stroll via the water meadows back to the station (or a shortcut along quiet roads if the light is fading).

Return at xx:20. Nice station pub to wait in.


[Moved from the 3rd]
Thanks for posting walk but with respect Andrew these instructions seem a bit sparse?..

is anyone else going ? I don't want to get lost..

I'm going and I've done the walk before.
Weather pretty awful. Think will give it a miss.
Sat, 15-Oct-16 17

Saturday Third Walk -- Amberley Circular with possible Arundel Extension

SWC Walk 11: Amberley Circular with possible Arundel Extension T=3.11

Distance: 11.1 Miles or 17.8 km for those more metrically minded (or 15.1 miles/24.2 km with extension)

Difficulty: 5 out of 10

Train: Take the 9:36 AM Southhampton/Bognor Regis train from London Victoria (stopping at Clapham Junction at 9:42 and East Croydon at 9:53), arriving at Amberley at 10:55. Return trains from Amberley are at 18:17; 18:59; 19:29; 20:30 and 21:30 and from Arundel at 18:12; 18:54; 19:24; 20:25; 21:25. Buy a day return to Amberley or Arundel, if planning on doing the extension.
This walk always makes a very enjoyable day out with a gentle start along the foot of the Downs just above a wetlands preserve and a dramatic finish following the ridge of the Downs back 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. If conditions merit, those of a more adventurous nature could defer the start of the extension with a stop at the always charming Bridge Inn near Amberley Station and complete this final segment in the light of a near full moon. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here and the extension here.

The recommended lunch spot is the Crown Inn (01903 742 625) in Cootham (5.5 miles/8.2 km into the walk). Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Bridge Inn near Amberley Station.

Enjoy the walk!
17 on this walk, with the weather starting sunny and ending with torrential rain. The morning was delightful, with the ground dry enough to do the lovely riverside loop at the start of the walk that tends to get omitted in winter. The Crown Inn was busy and it was probably a good thing we booked, but they insisted on taking orders at the table gloom! which meant we wasted 20 minutes of sunshine while they got round to this. The food was also a tad slow coming but was of big portions.

It was grey by the time we set off and started to rain as we climbed up onto the downs lightly at first, but torrentially as we approached Amberley, the roads running with brown water. A good chance to check the waterproofness of kit before winter, I guess.

I hear some got to the Riverside Tea Rooms: others must have gone straight to the train. About half of us ended up in the Bridge Inn to dry out. The proposed moonlight walk looked a bit doubtful at this point but the skies did start to clear and five of us set off at dusk.

Our route was along the river to Arundel. Initially the dusk was atmospheric but things got tricky (for me at least!) when the light faded, the woods closed in and the path was covered with slippery tree roots. But once we got to South Stoke Farm the skies started to clear and it was then a glorious moonlit night, the sky also dotted with stars, and excellent visibility. Since every single moonlight walk we tried last winter was obscured by cloud, this was very exciting.

A dreamy walk along the grassy banks river then followed, punctuated by drinks at the Black Rabbit pub. At one point ground mist from the marsh drifted up over the path, a beautiful effect.

On the return journey there was consternation when both the 22.30 and the 22.57, the two last trains, showed as cancelled. But the 22.30 was thankfully reinstated. By diligent train research and a nifty change at Three Bridges we got back to London by 23.45, just in time to make last connections to our various places of residence.
Sat, 30-May-15 7

Saturday Third Walk

Extra Walk 11: Amberley Circular: Out Along the Foot of the South Downs above Wild Brook Wetland and Back along the Ridge of the Downs

Distance: 11.1 Miles
Difficulty: 5 out of 10, mainly flat with one long, but well-graded, hill
Train: Take the 9:32 Southampton Central Southern train from London Victoria, arriving at Amberley at 10:57. Return trains from Amberley are at 17:17, 18:17, 18:59, 19:29, 20:29 and 21:29. Buy a day return to Amberley.
This lovely walk around Amberley and along the Downs -- covering both the lowlands and the magnificent South Downs ridge itself. More information and the instructions can be found here.
The recommended lunchtime pub is The Crown Inn in Cootham (tel 01903 742 625), about 5.5 miles into the walk. The Sportsman in Cross Gate (tel 01798 831 787) or Parham House in Parham Park (01803 744 888) are both possible earlier lunch stops at (2.6 miles and 4.6 miles into the walk, respectively). Larger groups should call ahead and provide some warning.
The Bridge Inn near the train station in Amberley provides refreshing post walk libations.

Enjoy the walk!
WALKERS =7 mostly sunny. Masses of walkers got off the train but gathered around at least one leader waving a piece of paper; perhaps it was Neville Chamberlain.
The marshes were fairly dry so we didn't trail mud thankfully. Amberley village and the Deer Park were pretty as we passed through. The Crown at Cootham served up tasty meat pies, fish & chips and refreshing liquids alfresco. It seemed to get much warmer as we ascended onto the Downs where we encountered horse riders and several cyclists. We had a clear view of the coast and the Isle of Wight.
After descending one caught the 4.17, two drove home and three of us enjoyed tea and tiffin at the Riverside Cafe in a bit of a sun trap with semi tropical trees and sparrows for company before catching the 5.17 along with the seventh walker.
7 warm and sunny
Sat, 18-Oct-14 4 Amberley Circular
Sat, 01-Mar-14 12 Amberley Circular, with road start
Sun, 21-Apr-13 10 Amberley Circular
Sat, 31-Mar-12 Amberley Circular
Sat, 14-Jan-12 Amberley Circular
Sat, 01-Oct-11 Amberley Circular
Sat, 04-Sep-10 Amberley Circular
Mon, 05-Apr-10 Amberley Circular
Sat, 14-Feb-09 Amberley Circular
Sun, 17-Aug-08 Amberley Circular, short walk via Wild Brooks
Sat, 03-Feb-07 Amberley Circular