Barlavington Hanger from Sutton Common

SWC Walk 39 - Amberley to Pulborough

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Backview from near Coombe Wood

SWC Walk 39 - Amberley to Pulborough

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Duncton Millpond

SWC Walk 39 - Amberley to Pulborough

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Stopham Bridge

SWC Walk 39 - Amberley to Pulborough

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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

Near the South Downs Way, 11 February 2007

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Book 3, Walk 39, Amberley to Pulborough

The South Downs Way, looking east from Toby's Stone, 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.

History

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, 07-Oct-18 16

Sunday Walk A Sunday amble from Amberley to Pulborough

SWC Walk 39: Amberley to Pulborough t=SWC.39

Distance: 15.9 Miles or 25.7 km for those more metrically minded (with shorter 12.3 miles/19.9 km)

Difficulty: 8 out of 10 (6 out of 10 for the shorter option)

Train: Take the 9:32 AM Portsmouth Harbour train from London Victoria (stopping at Clapham Junction at 9:38 and East Croydon at 9:54), arriving at Amberley at 10:58. Return trains from Pulborough are at 04 past the hour until 21:04. Buy a day return to Amberley.

This walk always makes a very enjoyable and varied day out – in short, a nice long Sunday outing before the days grow short….The route was recently re-configured into its longer formation due to a pub closure and had its well-received debut earlier this year on Easter Sunday. It begins along the South Downs then passes through some hanging woods and across heathland before eventually arriving on the outskirts of Pulborough at the lovely ancient bridge in Stopham. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch spot on the main walk is the Cricketers (01798 342 473) in Duncton (8.1 miles/13.1 km into the walk). For those doing the short walk, the pub in Sutton appears to still be shut.

Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the White Hart in Stopham (1.4 miles/2.3 km before the end).

Enjoy the walk!

Thinking of going but, owing to time constraints, would only do the shorter version. I'll bring a sandwich. Anyone else?
What a difference a day makes...under beautiful clear autumnal skies 13 assembled at one end of the platform (including one newbie who thought she was joining a massive meet up group who had assembled in the car park) for the normal SWC formalities and then set off to come across 3 others who had not noticed our assembly, making for a group of 16. The initial route onto the downs was glorious with views far and wide, most stopped at Toby's Stone for a good gander before continuing onward. At the decision point, 10 (comprised of a group of 8 and 2) opted for the longer main route and 6 the shorter route. The main route stays high on the downs along an inland spur through varied terrain with great views. 4 had lunch on the hills and 6 dined al fresco in the lovely garden of the Cricketers where 2 of the picnickers met us. In contrast to the morning, the afternoon crosses through valleys, heathlands, woods and commons. 2 picnickers had overtaken the pub goers as we saw them ahead of us on the heath but never did bump into them....The main group arrived at the White Hart at Stopham Bridge about 18:15 and 5 of these decided that the only way to finish such a fine day out was to enjoy a relaxed bevie (and forgo the 19:04 train) interestingly, the pub serves white wine produced at a vineyard passed along the route (less than a mile from the pub)...it was actually sufficiently palatable that one had a second (small) glass...before we set of for the final stretch in the dark...which was fine....a very straight forward route (even in the dark after a drink or two)...to catch the 20:04.
At least two who took the shorter route and confined refreshments to sandwiches made the 1604 train.
. . . whereas two other shortcutters had two rounds of refreshment at the excellent White Hart and just got to the station in time for the 1704, which was late of course.
Sun, 01-Apr-18 19

Easter Day - Amberley to Pulborough [New Variant] [Walk-Check]

Length: 25.7 km (15.9 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 514/512 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
Take the 09.02 Bognor Regis train from Victoria (09.08 CJ, 09.18 EC, Purley 09.24, Coulsdon South 09.31), arrives Amberley at 10.34; or take the 09.17 Portsmouth Harbour & Littlehampton train and change at Gatwick Airport onto that train (you have 6 minutes).
Return trains: xx.26 (80 minutes).
This walk has recently been fully revised, not least after the previous lunch pub is now shut (again). The new – longer and more varied – route leads through Duncton for lunch, a deviation that the original walk author envisioned as early as 2009, but never got around writing up. The old route survives as the short walk (but now w/o a lunch pub).
“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).”
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 two-hourly to 18.30 last, and calls Petworth 15 minutes later, Fittleworth and Stopham later still.
For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch:
The Cricketers in Duncton (13.0 km/8.1 mi, food all day).
Tea:
The Swan Inn (Hotel) in Fittleworth (5.3 km from the end);
The White Hart at Stopham Bridge (2.3 km from the end);
The Oddfellows Arms (1.2 km beyond the station);
The Chequers Hotel (650m beyond the station).T=swc.39
Intend going.
hope to attend provided the saturday walk does not tire me out too much. weather suppose to be better on sunday.

Monica
17 walkers (incl. 2 first timers) and a dog on the platform on a dry and overcast day with far views. The saturated meadows of the Arun valley were quickly crossed and the first of two steep ascents up the Downs commenced. Fine views opened up as far as to the Isle of Wight, as the recent rain had cleared the air very well. 3 (incl. teh first timers) opted for the short walk while all else stuck more or less together on the new routing along Glatting Beacon, Farm Hill and Barlavington Down to Duncton, via its very scenic mill. The Cricketers Inn had ample space in a hitherto undiscovered extra room and eventually the picknickers streamed in to join the lunchers for tea and cakes.
There we had met 2 other walkers who had driven down, and then walked a Duncton Circular (via Sutton). Therefore: 19.
The afternoon through lower lying ground had a little more mud on offer, but it was quite bearable in light of the recent weather. Burton Park with its ponds, and Sutton and Fittleworth Commons added some more variety to the walk and the timing at the end worked in such a way that the main group did not stop at The White Hart, as we were on course to neatly reach Pulborough for the next hourly departure, the 17.26.
On the platform we met the shortcutters, who reported that The White Horse in Sutton has a sign outside saying it will re open in late spring.
Hello all. Had a great walk Amberley Pulborough, I thought it all went swimmingly........
I am a dog owner/walker (Flo or Mister) and alternately bring one or other of my dogs. I did read the recent comments re dogs,but made no comment.Thomas led this walk and reiterated the policy and desire of the group and we are on exactly the same page on this,(you are a dog friendly group but not a bad dog owner group) and I have now noted the comment by Marcus and will take note. The anonymous comment,I don't know what to say except to say if I am on one of your walks tap me on the shoulder and tell me to keep a wide berth I will not be offended, I'll just weep quietly into my fleece sleeve ha ha....I do interact with the group but also sometimes, as do others, have quiet time. I do try and please most of the people most of the time.
After I've pressed 'post' I'm sure I'll probably think "Oh wish I'd worded that better"
Sorry it's such a wordy comment but please don't be shy or to angry. Just form an orderly queue and say it like it is....Big love to all
Carol

I really enjoyed the South Downs walk on Easter Sunday and I’m just wondering if I could make a case for some longer, challenging walks? As well as walking with SWC, I’ve started walking with Blackheath Ramblers. Last Saturday they had an 18 mile walk, and over the next five Saturdays they have 15, 21, 26, 19 and 17 mile walks. From a quick glance at the upcoming SWC walks this Saturday, they are 13, 10 and 12 miles long. Last weekend the longest SWC was 15.9 miles long. I’m thinking there must be some demand for a few longer walks, especially now that the daylight hours are getting progressivelylonger? Hoping to start some informed debate on this? Thanks Monique
Wed, 23-Aug-17 13

Wednesday Walk - South Downs Way to Bignor Hill & The Rother Valley: Amberley to Pulborough (Text-Check)

SWC Walk 39 – Amberley to Pulborough
Length: 19.7 km (12.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 450 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¾ hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 09.32 Southampton Central & Bognor Regis train from Victoria, arriving Amberley at 10.55 (you have to be in the rear part of the train, as it splits in Horsham).
Buy an Amberley return. Network RC not valid on this service!
Return trains: xx.23 and xx.55 to 18.23, then 19.01, 19.34, 19.59, 20.35, 21.35, 22.37, 23.08.
This walk has not had an outing for a few years (the last time the train was cancelled) and the text has not been revised for almost 10 years. We will take the opportunity…
This walk starts with a climb up out of Amberley village and the Arun valley onto the crest of the South Downs following the South Downs Way (SDW) on a wide chalky track for 5 km to Bignor Hill, with magnificent views on a fine day. Leaving the SDW, it descends to lunch at a remote rural pub, the (once great) White Horse in Sutton. In the afternoon it routes through the flatter and more wooded Rother valley, coming to a tea stop by the lovely medieval bridge at Stopham. From there it’s a couple of km to Pulborough station.
Lunch:
The White Horse Inn in Sutton (9.7 km/6.0 mi, food to 14.30).
Tea:
The White Hart at Stopham Bridge (2.3 km from the end);
The Banyan Tree restaurant (300m beyond the station);
The Oddfellows Arms (1.2 km beyond the station);
The Chequers Hotel (650m beyond the station).T=swc.39
Next Week: Haslemere Circular (SWC 144 Option)
hi, I have not been on a wed walk before and just checking whether people actually turn up for these? do not want to walk alone! ellie
Hi Ellie
You can normally get a decent idea of attendances from the Walk Reports, but there have been three wet Wednesdays in a row which I think has dampened down enthusiasm recently. However, the couple of Wednesday walks I've been on were quite well attended. I may go tomorrow but I'm on SW Trains so it depends if they're not too disrupted.
13 today in fair weather. The chalky tracks were quite slippery and there was some mud in the woods, else all perfect today. Lunch at The White Horse was average to good. Tea at The White Hart superb, out on their terrace. 16.55 train for most. 2 apparently took a wrong turning in Stopham and ended up reverse walking the start to SWC 128 (but how??? I'm intrigued...). 19.35 train for them.
On the third day I made a detour westward to avoid the country of the Band lu, as I did not care to be detained by a meeting with To jo. AND that is the second time this week I have walked SWC 128.
Needless to say Ellie pulled a no show. For any other newcomers the Wednesday walks have been posted for more than 10 years now and only bad weather reduces the numbers to 2 4 in my experience. The additional Tuesday and Thursday walks are to spread the numbers which have reached 21 on Wednesdays especially during the summer with extra day light for the benefit of the wine and supper longer walk fans. Marcus usually posts shorter walks for those needing to return to London at a regular time.

This regular walker can confirm that the unexpected extension of this walk to 15 miles after a lovely loose leaf tea stop in the beer garden of the Swan Pub came as quite a shock when we realised we had taken a wrong turn at Stopham church and missed the bus stop for the station. Instead of re tracing our steps we added another 5 miles and an hour and a half to finish on walk 128 backwards. Perhaps Thomas would like to add this to the walk check notes as a possible and very pretty extension for the longer walk fans!
Sun, 11-Sep-16 4

South Downs ramble

SWC Walk 39 Amberley to Pulborough
Distance 17.7km (11m)* Toughness 7/.10; long climb to start then flatter after lunch
*the gpx file indicates the walk is actually around 12m.
Trains: London Victoria 10.02 (Clapham Junction 10.08, East Croydon 10.17) arrive Amberley 11.25
Return trains from Pulborough to London Victoria at xx:26

Buy a day return to Amberley

Superb views over the Downs with lunch at the White Horse Inn Sutton (01798 873321).
The tea stop is the White Hart pub 30 mins from Pulborough Station.

Full walk directions can be found here
I may come on the appointed train and do further research on a new walk I have three quarters written from Amberley jfk
Specified train cancelled

I am at Victoria. Anyone planning to take the next train?

I'm going to do cowden to hever instead
Andrew and I taking 1017 to East Grinsted
Will try and join east grinstead. Which walk are you doing
Mind if I join East Grinstead too?
Following cancellation of the advertised train to Amberley and faced with an hour before the next train, atr a bit of online discussion, 4 diverted to East Grinstead. We did the eastern loop, across to Forest Row for lunch at The Swan where the walks inspector was content with the quantity and quality the Sunday roast. Then on to East Grinstead with two stopping at The Dorset Arms and two taking the longer river route to the station.
warm and sunny by the way. A suggestion was made to have an SWC nominated meeting point at mainline stations, in case of train cancellations.
Sorry to hear the London contingent couldn't make it to Amberley this morning. It's a good summer walk, but the instructions do need some amending. Knoll Bungalow is now Knoll House, Tripp Hill Farm is now a warehouse for a sofa supplier and the suggested end of the walk was so so overgrown, I had to walk along the A283 for the last couple of miles to Pulborough train station.
Well done to the East Grinstead 4. I did have my fingers crossed when posting this South Downs excursion but with Southern you cannot predict which trains will be cancelled and those which will run. Its just pot luck!
The Amberley cancellation was due to a signalling malfunction, not staffing issues.
Sun, 20-Sep-15 4

Sunday Walk 1 – the South Downs

Extra Walk 39 – Amberley to Pulborough
Length: About 19.5 km (12 miles). Toughness: 6/10

10:02 Bognor Regis train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 10:08, East Croydon 10:17), arriving Amberley at 11:25. Buy a day return to Amberley.

[If you just miss this train, the 10:06 Brighton train overtakes it and you'd have a good chance of catching it at Gatwick Airport.]

Trains back from Pulborough are hourly at 26 minutes past.

Unlike most of our other Amberley & Pulborough walks, this rather neglected one explores the area to the west of the River Arun. A relatively strenuous morning up and along the South Downs Way contrasts with an easier route along shady woodland paths in the afternoon. If you want a pub lunch you'll need to call ahead and book a table at the up-market White Horse in the small village of Sutton; you won't arrive before 1.30pm and there's no alternative place nearby. There aren't any regular tea places near Pulborough station (although you might be able to get a drink at the taxi office), but a little earlier the White Hart is a nice place to stop for refreshment, next to the medieval Stopham Bridge.

You'll need to print the directions from this pdf document.T=swc.39
Look out for cyclists hurtling downhill on the South Downs Way in the first part of this walk, which is an otherwise an excellent and scenic climb with fine views
anyone doing this ? hope to go if weather ok
Considering doing this, as long as the weather is ok

4 warm and sunny. Surprisingly low turnout for this outing which feels like two separate walks: typical South Downs chalk track ascents in the morning and then sandy soils through woodland after lunch. Only one person had lunch at the virtually empty White Horse and their chicken piri piri and chips does not inspire confidence that they will be pulling in more customers based on their menu. After lunch a bit of tricky navigation through woodland saw us reach the lovely White Hart at 4pm where although we were tempted to have tea the lure óf the 4.26 train proved too strong so we route marched the remaining distance to the station which we reached with 3 mins to spare . I'd allow 40 mins for a more relaxed walk. A fine day out with the Downs looking superb in the early autumn light.
jfk did her own walk Walk 22 on this date . it was as beautiful as ever except for the fact that the Angmering Estate Management had seen fit to turn the very beautiful wildflower downhill path into a gallops for horses .
A meal was later taken at the excellent Bridge Inn at Amberley.
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