25.7 km (15.9 mi) Cumulative ascent/descent: 514/512m.
Landranger 197, Explorer OL 10
8 out of 10.
The route follows the South Downs Way out of the scenic Arun Valley along some steep chalky tracks high up onto Bignor Hill for some magnificent views along the ridge, out to sea and across the West Weald. You leave the South Downs Way and pass Glatting Beacon with its transmission masts to then gradually descend from the ridge – not without a few short re-ascents up Farm Hill and Barlavington Down – past a few hanging woods into the Rother Valley. Pass the quaint setting of Duncton Mill and head for The Cricketers pub for lunch. Onwards you go through the magnificent Burton Park with its ponds, before you walk through several idyllic commons, part wooded, part sandy heathland, and eventually cross the Rother River and progress to Pulborough along a westerly route familiar from other walks, past the picturesque Stopham church and medieval bridge.
A shorter option descends steeply from Bignor Hill through hanging woods to the quiet villages of Bignor and Sutton.
Saturday Walkers Club: Take the train nearest to 9.00 from London Victoria.
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The Cricketers Duncton High Street, Duncton, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0LB (01798 342 473). The Cricketers is located 13.0 km (8.1 mi) into the walk. Open all day. Food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.00 Mon-Fri, 12.00-21.00 Sat-Sun. Large and pleasant garden at the back.
The White Horse The Street, Sutton, West Sussex RH20 1PS (01798 869 221). The White Horse is located 9.6 km (5.9 mi) into the short walk. Open all day every day. Food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.30-21.30 Mon-Sat and 12.00-19.00 Sun. This pub has gone thoroughly upmarket after a change in ownership and now pre-booking is required! Large groups need to pre-order their food choices.
The Swan Inn (Hotel) Lower Street Fittleworth, Petworth, West Sussex RH20 1EN (01798 865 154). The Swan Inn is located 5.3 km (3.3 mi) from the end of the walk. Open 08.30-23.00 daily (-22.30 Sun). Food served 12.00-14.15 and 18.30-21.15 Mon-Sat and all day Sun. The Swan has acted as a coaching inn since 1536, having grown from a 12th century Saxon enclosure that offered food and lodgings to weary travellers, to the building that you see today. The earliest parts of the inn are dated to 1382.
The White Hart (Hotel) Stopham Bridge Stopham, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1DS (01798 874 903). The White Hart is located 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from the end of the walk. Open 11.00-23.00 daily. Food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.00 Mon-Fri, 12.00-21.30 Sat and 12.00-17.00 Sun. Situated by the River Arun and next to Stopham Bridge, The White Hart is one of the most picturesque pubs and restaurants in West Sussex. At the beginning of 2014 floods caused the river to burst its banks and the pub had to close due to extensive damage. After a change of ownership The White Hart reopened in the November of the year.
For other tea options a little off route in Pulborough, please consult page 2 of the pdf.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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