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.
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