Book 1, Walk 32: Arundel to Amberley
Length: 18.8 km (11.7 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10 (one steep climb up steps onto the Downs)
Lots of options to mix-and-match your route after South Stoke.
: 09-32 hrs Southampton Central and Bognor Regis service. CJ 09-42, EC 09-53
: 11-00 hrs Younger walkers
: take the 10-06 hrs service from Victoria, arriving Arundel 11-26 hrs. Your younger legs will probably catch up the oldies during the morning leg.
: 17-17, 18-17 and 19-28 hrs
Return Arundel back to Victoria: 17-12, 17-47, 18-12, 18-52 and 19-23 hrs
Rail ticket: buy a day return to Arundel.
Today's walk is one of the best walks in Book 1 and a favourite amongst many a SWC walker - me included. Mid-week walkers did a mix-and-match variation of this walk last February, when it tipped down with rain all morning. Let's hope the weather is kinder to us today.
Soon after leaving the railway station you walk uphill through the pleasant town of Arundel, passing the Duke of Norfolk's Castle and then the Roman Catholic Cathedral, before you enter Arundel Park
, all 1,240 acres of it. Walking through the park is quite lovely. On leaving the Park you walk above the River Arun (your water feature for a good part of the day) and head for South Stoke
, a pretty hamlet with a lovely church. From South Stoke you have lots of options to continue your walk. The Book 1 route takes you beside the river to the village of Burpham
for lunch at the very popular and always busy and booked up George Inn
tel: 01903-883131. A table will be booked for us in advance. But if not heading for Burpham you can head for North Stoke
for Lunch at the Bridge Inn in Amberley or return by the river to Arundel, taking lunch at the Black Rabbit pub.
Continuing on the Book 1 route, after lunch you have a lowland section before you climb up a steep flight of 196 steps up onto the South Downs
. If you don't fancy this ascent, from Burpham you can reverse the Book 2 Walk 22 Amberley to Arundel walk which takes a gentler route up and along the South Downs. Back to the Book 1 walk, you now have a pleasant leg on top of the Downs before you walk through a farmyard and drop down to Amberley - either through the village and then to the station via Amberley Castle and a sweep of Amberley Wild Brooks
, or direct down High Titten to the station. Tea is best taken at the Bridge Inn
, next to the railway station, although there are other options in Amberley village.
If you are new to the SWC or a walker yet to try out this walk, it comes with my personal recommendation.
Walk Directions here L=1.32