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

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

The South Downs Way, looking east from Toby's Stone, 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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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
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.
Mon, 01-Apr-13 Amberley to Pulborough
Sat, 23-Jul-11 Amberley to Pulborough
Sat, 12-Feb-11 Amberley to Pulborough
Sun, 06-Jun-10 Amberley to Pulborough
Sat, 05-Sep-09 Amberley to Pulborough
Sat, 22-Mar-08 Amberley to Pulborough
Sat, 14-Jul-07 Amberley to Pulborough
Sun, 25-Feb-07 Amberley to Pulborough