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Arundel from the river

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New bridge at South Stoke

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Looking north from Arundel Park

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Looking north from Warningcamp Hill

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Arundel Castle from Black Rabbit pub

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Arundel via Amberley Circular walk

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The Bridge Inn, Houghton Bridge

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River Arun between Houghton and South Stoke

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Arundel and Amberley Walk

A contrast between peaceful villages in the Arun Valley and an attractive old town with a castle and cathedral.

Amberley and Arundel
Length

Circular Walk 1, from Amberley: 16 km (9.9 miles). Four hours walking time. For the whole excursion including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 10 hours.

Circular Walk 2, from Arundel: 16 to 19¼ km (10 to 12 miles). Three hours 50 minutes to four hours 35 minutes walking time.

Long Walk, from Amberley to Arundel: 22¾ km (14.1 miles). Five hours 40 minutes walking time.

Short Walk, from Arundel to Amberley: 9¼ km (5.7 miles). Two hours 10 minutes walking time.

OS Map

Explorer OL10 (previously 121). Amberley, map reference TQ026118, is in West Sussex, 5 km N of Arundel.

Toughness

4 out of 10 for the Circular Walk from Amberley, 3 out of 10 from Arundel (6 for the Long Walk, 2 for the Short Walk).

Features

This walk essentially consists of three distinct legs between Amberley and Arundel which have been combined to make two contrasting circular walks: one from each location, with a suggested lunchtime stop in the other. The gently undulating section from Arundel to Amberley is the same in both cases, but the relatively strenuous first half of the Amberley Walk is quite different from the meandering second half of the Arundel Walk.

The Amberley Circular Walk crosses Houghton Bridge to go along the west bank of the River Arun, then reverses the start of Book 1 Walk 32 (Arundel to Amberley) by climbing over the South Downs through Arundel Park. The feature which dominates the town is Arundel Castle, the principal seat of the Dukes of Norfolk; there was a Norman fortification on the site but the present building is predominantly Victorian. It is open to the public from April to October; admission (2017) is £11-20. On the way into the town you go past the ornate Roman Catholic Arundel Cathedral, completed in 1873 in a French Gothic style, then the interesting parish church of St Nicholas: its unique feature is the separate Fitzalan Chapel, determined in 1879 to be part of Arundel Castle and hence Roman Catholic.

The second half of this walk is the same as the start of the Arundel Circular Walk, which goes upstream for a short distance on the east bank of the River Arun before venturing into the low hills on the edge of the large Angmering Park estate. It soon descends into the neighbouring villages of Wepham and Burpham (pronounced Burfam), where it temporarily rejoins the Book 1 route. Instead of that walk's steep climb onto the downs, however, the route stays in the Arun valley and rejoins the river shortly before Houghton Bridge. You can explore the industrial heritage of south-east England in the nearby Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, open from March to October; admission (2017) is £11.50.

The final section back to Arundel is undemanding. Two interlacing routes are given, a direct one along the centre of the valley and another following the course of the river. Towards the end you go past the Arundel Wetland Centre, managed by the Wildlife and Wetland Trust and open all year (except Christmas Day); admission (2017) for non-WWT members is about £11 but there is usually a 2-for-1 offer on the train companies' Days Out Guide.

Arundel Park is closed to the public on March 24th each year, but the route through the park is on public footpaths and these should remain open.

Walk Options

Because the first and third legs (from Amberley to Arundel) are quite different, you could add the direct valley route to the Amberley Circular to make a Long Walk of all three legs. Conversely, the Arundel to Amberley leg by itself would make a varied and interesting Short Walk.

Transport

There is a half-hourly service from London Victoria along the Arun Valley line (hourly in the evening and on Sundays), but not all trains stop at Amberley: its service is always hourly. The journey time to both stations is 1 hour 20-30 minutes.

Arundel is one stop further from London and a consequence of Southern's ticket zones means that it is actually cheaper to buy a day return to Amberley plus a one-stop single/return to/from Arundel if necessary.

There is no public transport to the small villages between Arundel and Amberley, so you would need to call a taxi if you wanted to abandon the walk and were too far away from one of the stations.

If driving, the station car park at Arundel costs £2 at off-peak times (2017). The large car park alongside Amberley station is for visitors to Amberley Museum, but there is also a very small free car park “for rail users”.

Suggested Train

Take the train nearest to 09:40 from Victoria to Amberley or Arundel.

Train Times

Lunch

On the Amberley Circular Walk the most convenient location for lunch is Arundel, after about 6½ km. The suggested place is the Red Lion (01903-882214) at 45 High Street, which has a patio garden at the back and serves good portions of home-cooked food. Other large inns in the High Street worth a look are the Norfolk Arms Hotel (01903-882101) at #22 and the Swan Hotel (01903-882314) at #27-29; the town also has many cafés and restaurants. Just across the river bridge, the White Hart (01903-884422) at 12 Queen Street reopened in 2011 and is keen to attract walkers. More idiosyncratic pubs can be found along the town's side streets, but not all of them serve food.

On the Arundel Circular Walk the suggested lunch pub is the Bridge Inn (01798-831619) at Houghton Bridge, after 9 km. This attractive country pub has a beer garden and serves excellent home-cooked food.

An alternative on all the walk options (and close to the midpoint of both the Long Walk and the Short Walk) is The George at Burpham (01903-883131), familiar from the Book 1 walk. Formerly the George & Dragon, this 17thC inn was refurbished in 2013 after being taken over by a local consortium.

Tea

If you are stopping for tea at Houghton Bridge the Riverside Café & Restaurant (01798-831066) is recommended (open to 5pm Sun-Wed, 9pm Thu-Sat).

There are many tearooms and cafés in Arundel. The Tudor Rose Restaurant (01903-883813) in the High Street is a popular choice, with alternatives ranging from the good-value Moathouse Café to up-market restaurants which also serve afternoon tea, such as the Bay Tree Restaurant in Tarrant Street. On the way into town the Black Rabbit (01903-882828) has a fine riverside setting at the end of Mill Lane, and there are cafés for visitors to the Wetland Centre and at Swanbourne Lodge (01903-884293), by the lake.

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Amberley and Arundel

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Walk Options

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  1. Circular Walk 1, from Amberley (16 km)
  2. Circular Walk 2, from Arundel (16 to 19¼ km)
  1. Long Walk, from Amberley to Arundel (22¾ km)
  2. Short Walk, from Arundel to Amberley (9¼ km)

Walk Directions

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For the walk options starting at Arundel, go to §4.

  1. Amberley Station to Arundel Park (2½ km)
  2. Go down the station approach road and turn left onto the B2139. On the far side of Houghton Bridge, turn left and follow the riverside path for 2 km to the entrance to Arundel Park.

    Leave the station at the London end of the platform, coming out opposite a small building with toilets and an exhibition about the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, which is worth a look. Go down the station approach road and turn left onto the B2139, passing under the railway bridge and going towards Houghton Bridge.

    Cross the River Arun on this busy road, taking great care as there is no pavement. Ignore a footpath on the left halfway across the bridge, but on the far side turn left through a wooden kissing gate onto another footpath, heading SW (you will now be going alongside the river for the next 2 km).

    In 250m you cross a stile and need to veer left off the embankment to stay close to the river. The path continues along two field edges for a further 250m and then goes over a wooden footbridge into undergrowth. For the next 250m the path can be muddy or even partly flooded, but there are wooden planks over the worst stretches. Eventually the path veers right and comes to a T-junction with a bridleway, where you turn left.

    Continue along this broad path, which is never far from the river. In 750m the bridleway follows the river round to the left and you now go alongside the solid flint wall of Arundel Park for 500m. 30m after it turns half-right, you come to a high metal kissing gate in the wall, one of the entrances to Arundel Park.

  3. Through Arundel Park (3¼ km)
  4. Enter Arundel Park and follow the waymarked footpath up a long ascent, then gently downhill into a valley near Swanbourne Lake. Continue up the other side of the valley and turn right to go past Hiorne Tower. Follow the path round to the left to join a tarmac drive and leave the park at Park Lodge.

    You will now be following the route of Book 1 Walk 32 (in reverse) all the way into Arundel.

    Go through the gate into the park and turn left on the other side to go alongside the wall, the start of a long ascent. In 100m the path turns half-right, away from the wall. In a further 250m, at a footpath signpost, turn half-right again onto a broad track. In 100m fork left towards another footpath signpost and follow the track up and round to the left, now heading S and climbing even more steeply.

    After a long climb, with fine views of the route from Amberley over your left shoulder, you come to a wooden fieldgate. Go over the stile on its right and continue in much the same direction towards the right-hand edge of a small wood ahead.

    As you reach the trees and the ground finally levels out, bear right to go alongside the wood on a chalky track. In 150m (and well before you reach a fieldgate) bear right off the track, as indicated by a partly-concealed footpath sign in the trees. Follow a faint grassy path towards a small clump of trees, to start a long and gradual descent.

    There is a distant view of the sea ahead and you may also be able to see Hiorne Tower, 1½ km away; you go past this later.

    Go over a stile near the right-hand end of the clump of trees and continue along the grassy path for about 750m, passing to the left of another clump of trees along the way. After crossing a stile the path drops down steeply towards a junction of paths in the valley below, where your onward route is the prominent chalky track going up the other side of the valley.

    At the bottom of the slope bear right to cross over the path along the valley floor, then veer left onto the chalky track which climbs gradually uphill alongside a wood. In 500m you come to the end of the trees on your right and can see Hiorne Tower above you. In a further 100m the track comes to a wooden fieldgate; go over a stile on its left and immediately turn right up a short steep path through some trees.

    At the top of the bank carefully cross over a dirt track used by racehorses and bear left onto a waymarked path across the grass, with Hiorne Tower1 on your right. Follow the path as it curves left to join a tarmac drive and continue along this. At Park Lodge, go through the right-hand of two gates to leave Arundel Park.

  5. Arundel Park to Arundel High Street (1 km)
  6. Arundel Go out to London Road and turn left into the town, passing the Cathedral and Arundel Castle. Go down the steep High Street, with many possible places for lunch around the main square.

    Arundel Go past a small car parking area and follow the driveway out to London Road, veering left across a patch of grass to join it. As you continue along the road the ornate Arundel Cathedral comes into view, behind St Mary's Gate Inn. A little further along the road, on the left-hand side, the interesting church of St Nicholas is worth visiting.

    Continue along London Road. Keep left at a road junction by an entrance to Arundel Castle2 to go steeply down the town's High Street. There are many possible refreshment places here and in the streets off to the right. The Tudor Rose Restaurant and Red Lion pub are on the right, opposite the Norfolk Arms Hotel; fork right at the bottom by the War Memorial for the Swan Hotel. There is also a sandwich bar on the riverside terrace.

  7. Arundel High Street (or Arundel Station) to Warningcamp (2 km)
  8. • From the High Street, go down to the river bridge and cross over to the other side. Turn left onto the riverside path and follow it round to the right.

    1. Continuing from Arundel High Street
    2. Make your way to the bottom of the High Street and cross the road bridge over the River Arun into Queen Street. Before the first house on the left, turn left onto a wide tarmac path, signposted as a footpath. At the end go through a gap in the fence ahead and bear left across a driveway onto a narrow fenced path to reach the River Arun by a boatyard. Follow the path round to the right alongside the river, passing Arundel Lido on the right. In 250m keep ahead where another footpath joins from the right.

    • From the station, go out along its approach road to join the A27. Keep right at the large roundabout to head briefly towards the town centre, then turn right onto a short footpath leading to the river. Turn right again onto the riverside path.

    1. Starting from Arundel Station
    2. Go up the steps from the platform. You could go out onto the busy A27 and turn left, but it is more pleasant to leave via the other platform and the station approach road, joining the main road further along. Cross the road at the pedestrian lights and keep right at the roundabout, heading for the town centre. Where the pavement ends after 100m, turn right onto a signposted footpath. This soon comes to the River Arun where you turn right again onto the riverside path, away from the town.

    Follow the riverside path away from the town for 1 km. Turn right to cross the railway and go along a lane to a road junction.

    Go along the riverside path for 1 km, gradually curving round to the left with a fine view back to the town's skyline. Eventually the path veers right, away from the river. Go through a wooden swing gate and keep ahead towards a large white house on the other side of the railway. Cross the tracks carefully at the level crossing and continue along a tarmac lane for 300m to a road junction in the hamlet of Warningcamp.

  9. Warningcamp to Wepham (2 km)
  10. Turn left towards Burpham, then take a bridleway on the right along the side of a wooded valley. Shortly after this emerges into the open, fork left and take a narrow bridleway up the other side of the valley to the top of Warningcamp Hill. Descend the hill through a wood and join a minor road into Wepham.

    Turn left at the road junction, towards Wepham and Burpham. In 400m, where there are trees on both sides of the road, turn right onto a signposted bridleway into a wood, entering the Angmering Park Estate. In 600m go through a wooden fieldgate and continue along the side of a dry valley. The path curves gently round to the left, heading NE, staying close to a line of trees on the left.

    In 200m, at the end of the trees, keep ahead where another bridleway merges from the right. In a further 40m, at another three-way signpost, fork left across the bottom of the valley to head N up the other side, towards a metal fieldgate. Go through a wooden gate on its right and continue uphill on a narrow path in a belt of trees, ignoring side turns. After going through several more gates the path emerges onto an open field at the top of Warningcamp Hill, with fine views of the Arun valley.

    Keep ahead across the brow of the hill on a faint grassy path. Go through a wooden gate onto a path which gradually descends through trees, now heading NE. At the bottom the path comes out on a lane (the one you were on earlier) which you follow into the village of Wepham, passing some attractive thatched cottages.

  11. Wepham to Burpham (¾ km)
  12. In the village turn left onto a lane towards Burpham and take a path on the right to cut across fields, rejoining the lane (or simply stay on this lane). Go up a slope and turn left at the top to reach Burpham's pub and church.

    Shortly after passing a concrete track on the right signposted as a bridleway, turn left at a road junction onto a lane going downhill through the village. Just past an old red telephone box, ignore a gate on the right into a field, but 50m further on go over a stile on the right into a field. Turn half-left to go across it, parallel to the fence up a slope on your right.

    This short cut is a permissive path, with a sign saying “cross field at your own risk”. If there are animals in the field you could continue down the lane for 125m, then turn right onto a public footpath which goes up steps and runs along the bottom edge of this field, behind a fence (or you could simply stay on this lane all the way into Burpham).

    If you go across the field a stile takes you onto the fenced-in public footpath. Go over another stile and along the left-hand edge of the next field. Cross a stile in the corner and descend a flight of concrete steps to a field. Go diagonally across this (crossing a brook in the middle) to a stile in the far corner and back onto the lane.

    Follow the lane up a slope to a T-junction and turn left. In 100m you come to The George at Burpham on your left, a possible refreshment stop. A tarmac path on the other side of the road leads to Burpham church, the continuation of the route.

  13. Burpham to North Stoke (3 km)
  14. Go through the churchyard and head north-west along a lane to Peppering Farm. Keep ahead past farm buildings on a bridleway. Soon after this bends right, take a foopath on the left which cuts across the water meadows alongside an old meander. Where this rejoins the bridleway, turn left towards North Stoke. After crossing over the railway (in a tunnel) veer right onto a woodland path going downhill. At the bottom turn right onto Stoke Road.

    For the next 1¼ km you will be following the route of Book 1 Walk 32.

    Take the Marjorie Hay Path opposite the pub leading to the church of St Mary the Virgin3, which is worth visiting if open. Go round the left-hand side of the church and leave the churchyard through an iron gate, returning to the lane. Head NW along this lane for 300m to reach Peppering Farm.

    At a T-junction go straight ahead, following a public bridleway sign. Go past some barns onto a broad chalky track between tall hedges, later with an open field on the left. In 600m the track goes between trees, down a slope and round to the right. Ignore a stile and footpath on the left at this bend, but 60m later there is another signposted footpath on the left, with a stile alongside a metal fieldgate.

    This is the most direct route, but in summer the little-used footpath through the belt of trees 250m ahead can be very overgrown. For an easier alternative you could continue on the bridleway all the way round the outside of these water meadows, with the main route eventually rejoining from the belt of trees on the far side. If you take this detour (which is 500m longer) continue the directions at [•] below.

    For the direct route turn left off the bridleway (leaving the Book 1 route) and go along the left-hand edge of a meadow, alongside a reed-covered water channel. In the corner go over a stile and footbridge into a belt of trees and immediately fork right at a path junction. Follow this narrow and potentially awkward path through the undergrowth for 600m, along the course of an old meander of the River Arun. At the far end go over a stile and turn left onto a broad grassy strip, rejoining the bridleway.

    [•] Follow the grassy path for 500m along the side of a small hill, climbing gently. At the top go through a gate and turn left briefly onto a lane, crossing over the railway (which is in a short tunnel below). In 40m fork right down a slope and go across a track onto a path descending through a wood, the continuation of the bridleway. At the bottom the path comes out onto a lane (Stoke Road) where you turn right. In 150m there is a footpath on the left into a belt of trees.

  15. North Stoke to Houghton Bridge (or Amberley Station) (1¼ or 1½ km)
  16. Unless you prefer to continue along Stoke Road, take the footpath on the left to reach Houghton Bridge by the riverside path. Turn right onto the road bridge across the river. The Riverside Café is on the left and the Bridge Inn on the right, off Stoke Road.

    Unless you want to take a short cut by continuing all the way along the lane to Houghton Bridge, turn left onto the tree-lined footpath. In 500m it comes out onto the bank of the River Arun, where you turn right and follow the riverside path to Houghton Bridge. Towards the end the path crosses over a side channel and comes out onto the B2139 in the middle of the road bridge.

    Turn right onto this busy road, taking great care as there is no pavement. If you are stopping for tea here the suggested place is the Riverside Café, which you can see ahead on your left. The alternative, and the suggested lunchtime stop on the Arundel Circular Walk, is the Bridge Inn on the right; its entrance is in Stoke Road.

    • To finish at Amberley Station, go under the railway bridge on the B2139 and turn right up the station's approach road.

    • Finishing at Amberley Station (+¼ km)
    • To finish the walk here, return to the B2139 and head E, away from the river. Shortly after passing under the railway bridge, turn right up the approach road to the station. Cross the footbridge for trains to London.

  17. Houghton Bridge to South Stoke (2½ or 4 km)
  18. For the direct route, head south along Stoke Road into North Stoke. Continue past the village on a footpath which later goes alongside an old meander to reach the river near South Stoke. Turn left onto the riverbank, cross the river bridge and go up a track to the church. For the alternative riverside route, take the footpath on the far side of Houghton Bridge, initially heading south-west and later merging with a bridleway. After passing the wall of Arundel Park the bridleway climbs and moves a little way from the river, later going along the edge of farmland. Follow it down towards South Stoke, veering to the right around farm buildings. Turn left onto a lane leading to the church.

    The riverside route is only suggested as an alternative for the Arundel Circular Walk, since the first 2 km is the same as the start of the Long Walk.

    1. Direct route (2½ km)
    2. From the Bridge Inn, turn left onto Stoke Road to head S, away from the B2139. The lane runs parallel to the railway for 600m, then bears right to move away from it. In a further 300m you pass the footpath leading out to the river, and 150m later the bridleway, from your outward route. Continue on the lane up a slope and round to the left at a bend, to come to a T-junction by an old red telephone box.

      If you would like to visit an unusual old church, follow the instructions below.

      • Detour to North Stoke Church (+500m)
      • Turn right at the T-junction and follow the lane to its end in front of North Stoke Farmhouse. The church of St Mary the Virgin4 is on the left of the house. Return the same way and turn right onto the footpath on the other side of the road junction.

      If you are not visiting the church, bear left across the road junction onto a narrow footpath up a bank and follow it gently downhill between hedges, heading S. Go through a pair of kissing gates and keep ahead across a large field to another kissing gate. Take the path into undergrowth and continue across an old meander of the River Arun on a miniature suspension bridge5.

      On the other side follow the path as it turns right and then curves gently round to the left along the course of the meander. 500m from the footbridge you go through a wooden kissing gate to emerge on the bank of the River Arun. Turn left and go up to the prominent white bridge, then cross over the river on it. On the other side there is a stile on the left leading onto the riverbank.

      If you want to switch to the riverside route and are not visiting South Stoke church, you could go over this stile and pick up the directions in §10b.

      For the suggested route, continue up the track into the hamlet of South Stoke. 150m from the river, just after the track bends left, you come to the entrance to St Leonard's church6 on your left.

    3. Riverside route (4 km)
    4. From the Bridge Inn, turn right to return to the B2139 and turn left to go back towards Houghton Bridge.

      You will now be following the route of Book 1 Walk 32 to South Stoke.

      Ignore the gate and continue along the woodland path as it gradually climbs higher above the river. In 600m you go through a wooden fieldgate and continue along the left-hand side of a large field. Follow the field edge down to the bottom corner and round to the right, then turn left up a track, as indicated by a bridleway signpost.

      At the top of the slope ignore a broad track to the right and keep ahead along a fenced path leading to South Stoke Farm. Go down towards its buildings, but (as indicated by a notice) turn sharp right to go between a wall and the unusual Chapel Barn7. On reaching a lane, turn left past the entrance to the farm, with a bridleway on the right.

      If you want to switch to the direct route and are not visiting South Stoke church, you could turn right onto this bridleway and pick up the directions in §10a.

      For the suggested route, follow the lane round to the left past some cottages. Just before it bends right, you come to the entrance to St Leonard's church6 on your right.

  19. South Stoke to Offham (1¾ or 2½ km)
  20. For the direct route, take the bridleway opposite South Stoke Farm to the hamlet of Offham. Turn left onto a lane, then right to reach the river by the Black Rabbit pub. For the alternative riverside route, go down to (but not across) the river bridge and take the riverside path all the way to the Black Rabbit pub.

    1. Direct route (1¾ km)
    2. Turn left out of the churchyard and follow the lane past some cottages and round to the right. Opposite the entrance to South Stoke Farm, with Chapel Barn7 ahead on your right, turn left onto a track between hedges, signposted as a bridleway. At the bottom of a gentle slope the track turns right, with water meadows on your left. In a further 150m you pass a clump of trees on your left.

      You could switch to the riverside route here via a plank over the ditch on your left.

      Keep ahead on the broad grassy track, which gradually moves away from the river. In 500m, after curving slightly round to the left, go over a stile to the right of a wooden fieldgate and continue on a path through undergrowth. Eventually the path veers right to skirt around a house and goes up to a lane.

      Turn left onto the lane, then in 60m turn right to go gently downhill on a sunken lane. After it curves right you reach Mill Lane, with the Black Rabbit pub just back on your left.

    3. Riverside route (2½ km)
    4. Turn right out of the churchyard and follow the track down to the river. Do not cross the bridge but go over a stile on the right onto the riverbank and simply follow the riverside path towards Arundel.

      The two routes come very close after 600m and you could switch to the direct route via a plank over the ditch on your right.

      After a while the river curves left and right, then a long straight stretch8 takes you past Offham Farm's bridge. As the river curves right again there are fine views of Arundel Castle ahead. For the last stretch the path veers slightly away from the river and goes through some trees, before emerging into a car park. Go through this to reach the Black Rabbit pub.

  21. Offham to Arundel Bridge (2 or 3 km)
  22. Arundel For the direct route, go along Mill Lane, passing the entrance to the Arundel Wetland Centre and then Swanbourne Lake. Go over a footbridge and continue along the tree-lined avenue into Arundel. For the alternative riverside route, veer left off Mill Lane onto the riverside path. Go past a sluice (where you could turn right to rejoin the direct route) and continue alongside the river into Arundel.

    1. Direct route (2 km)
    2. Head SW along Mill Lane, with the wooded hillside of Offham Hanger up on your right. In 450m you pass the car park exit for the Arundel Wetland Centre, and a little later the entrance. Shortly afterwards you reach Swanbourne Lodge Tea Room, by Swanbourne Lake9.

      If you would like to extend the walk with a pleasant circuit of the lake, follow the instructions below.

      • Detour around Swanbourne Lake (+1½ km)
      • Go through a gate past the Lodge and follow the lakeside path for 750m. At the far end of the lake, just before reaching a wooden gate across the path, veer left down a path around the end of the lake and onto a path going back along the other side. As you approach Mill Lane, fork right to join the road by Swanbourne Bridge and continue the directions at [•] below.

      If you are not taking the detour, you can avoid the traffic by taking a concealed path just to the left of Mill Lane: opposite Swanbourne Lodge, by a sign for the Wetland Centre, go through a wide gap in the trees and bear right. The path runs between a belt of trees and the high wire fence surrounding the Reserve, then comes to a footbridge alongside the stone road bridge.

      [•] If you were on Mill Lane, veer left at a footpath sign just before Swanbourne Bridge to go onto the adjacent footbridge.

      The footpath off to the left just before the footbridge leads to the River Arun in 450m, so you could switch to the riverside route here.

      For the direct route, cross Swanbourne Footbridge and continue along one of the two avenues of lime trees, on either side of Mill Lane. The imposing walls of Arundel Castle2 are soon visible up to your right and the lane curves gently round towards them. You pass the castle's main visitor entrance, then the ruined walls of Blackfriars10 on your left in a small riverside garden by the town's river bridge.

    3. Riverside route (3 km)
    4. Where the pub's driveway joins Mill Lane, veer left through a car parking area onto the riverside path. This soon passes the rear of the Arundel Wetland Centre, protected by a high wire fence. In 750m you come to a bridge over a sluice.

      The footpath on your right just before the sluice leads to Mill Lane in 450m, so you could switch to the direct route here.

      To stay on the riverside path, cross the bridge by the sluice and continue alongside the river as it goes round a wide loop into Arundel, with increasingly fine views of the town. As you approach the town you go past Arundel Boatyard, which has a tea garden. Just before the town's river bridge the path comes to a small riverside garden, with the ruined walls of Blackfriars10 on your right.

    If you want to head directly for the station, go to §12.

    Arundel As well as the riverside cafés (and a few places along the road to the station), there are many possible refreshment places in the town centre up ahead to the right.

    The good-value Moathouse Café is at the bottom of the High Street. Further up the road, the popular Tudor Rose Restaurant is on the other side of the road, alongside the Red Lion pub and two coffee shops. The Norfolk Arms Hotel is on the right, while the Swan Hotel is back towards the river on the other arm of the High Street. Just past the Tudor Rose, there are two up-market establishments in Tarrant Street which serve afternoon tea, Belinda's and the Bay Tree Restaurant.

    From the town centre, make your way back to the river bridge.

  23. Arundel Bridge to Arundel Station (¾ km)
  24. Cross the river bridge and go along Queen Street to join the A27, then fork right into the station's approach road.

    Cross the road bridge over the River Arun and continue along Queen Street, passing the White Hart pub and several fast-food shops. Keep ahead where the road joins the A27 at a roundabout. Cross to the other side of this busy main road at the pedestrian lights and fork right into the station's approach road. Trains to London leave from the platform on the near side.

Walk Notes

  1. The triangular Hiorne Tower is an 18thC folly built by the architect Francis Hiorne, who was trying to persuade the Duke of Norfolk that he had the skills to renovate Arundel Castle.
  2. The author Mervyn Peake lived in the nearby village of Burpham and Arundel Castle was presumably one of the inspirations for the huge castle at the centre of his Gothic trilogy Gormenghast. He is buried in the churchyard at Burpham (see below).
  3. St Mary the Virgin, Burpham dates from Saxon times. It has a (recently restored) 12thC Norman arch into its south transept and a 13thC vaulted chancel.
  4. St Mary the Virgin, North Stoke is no longer used for regular services, but is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. Knowledge of its original dedication to St Mary was lost for centuries and only rediscovered in 2006.
  5. A brass plaque records that the miniature suspension bridge over the meander at North Stoke was repaired and restored in 2009 by the Queen's Gurkha Engineers.
  6. St Leonard, South Stoke dates from the 11thC, although the unusual spire was added in a 19thC restoration.
  7. The Gothic-style Chapel Barn at South Stoke Farm dates from 1860. An attached water tower supplied the village before its connection to the mains in 1960.
  8. This straight stretch of the River Arun was cut by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1863. By allowing river traffic to bypass Burpham it saved them having to build two expensive swing bridges on the Mid Sussex line.
  9. As the name of the road here suggests, Swanbourne Lake was enlarged and landscaped in the 1780s from an existing mill pond.
  10. The stone walls are the remains of Blackfriars, a 13thC Dominican Friary dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. As shown on older maps, the site was previously wrongly identified as the hospital of The Holy Trinity, or Maison Dieu.

» Last updated: June 15, 2017

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