Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Swans near the South Downs Way, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

King's Buildings, near the South Downs Way, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Chicken farm, near Sutton, West Sussex, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

The White Horse, Sutton, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

The stormy Downs, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Trees on Sutton Common, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

More trees on Sutton Common, 11 February 2007

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Amberley to Pulborough walk

The South Downs Way up a ridge and then across a couple of hills and through hanging woods in the morning. Then through the quiet West Weald and the Rother Valley with several heathery commons.

Length

25.7 km (15.9 mi) Cumulative ascent/descent: 514/512m.

OS Map

Landranger 197, Explorer OL 10

Toughness

8 out of 10.

Features

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 (where the village pub is currently shut).

Walk Options
  • A Shortcut from Bignor Hill, through hanging woods to the quiet villages of Bignor and Sutton, cuts 5.8 km/3.6 mi and 125m ascent, resulting in a 6/10 walk (no lunch pub currently).
  • Bus 99 Chichester – Duncton – Petworth (6 buses per day, Mon-Sat) runs through Duncton and Sutton, the lunch destinations. This is partly a flexible service, i.e. pre-booking is required for most services: call 01903 264 776, 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri, 09.00-13.00 Sat! But the late afternoon bus seems to stop at Duncton in any case. In Petworth you must connect to below Bus 1
  • Bus line 1 (Midhurst – Worthing via Pulborough Station) follows the A 272 and A 283 through the last part of the walk area. Convenient stops for shortcuts are: Fittleworth and Stopham. The bus leaves Midhurst hourly on xx.30, then 17.40 and 18.45 (Sun: two-hourly to 18.30), and calls Petworth 15 minutes later, Fittleworth and Stopham later still.
Travel

Saturday Walkers Club: Take the train nearest to 9.00 from London Victoria.

Lunch and Tea

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.

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. This pub is currently shut!

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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Start: BN18 9LT Directions then return to your car by train:

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Apr-18

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Walk Directions  

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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk