19.8 km (12.3 mi)
Landranger 197, Explorer OL 10
6 out of 10.
The route follows the South Downs Way out of the scenic Arun valley along some chalky tracks high up onto Bignor Hill for some magnificent views along the ridge, out to sea and across the West Weald. This is followed by a steep descent from the ridge through a hanging wood into the Rother valley to the quaint, remote villages of Bignor and Sutton (for lunch). Flanked by several idyllic commons, part wooded, part sandy heathland, you cross the Rother river and progress to Pulborough along a westerly route familiar from other walks, past the picturesque Stopham church and medieval bridge.
Bus 99 Chichester – Duncton – Petworth (6 buses per day, Mon-Sat) runs through Sutton, the lunch destination. This is a flexible service, pre-booking is required: call 01903 264 776, 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri, 09.00-13.00 Sat! In Petworth you must connect to below Bus 1.
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Take the train nearest to 9.30 from London Victoria.
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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 walk. Open 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00 Tue-Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00.
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.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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