Arundel to Midhurst via Midhurst Way walk
Long walk though a remote and less visited part of the South Downs National Park
|Length||31.8 km (19.8 mi), with 640/623m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.|
|Toughness||8 out of 10, 7 ¾ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 12 ½ hours.|
The route leads through Arundel’s picturesque centre into a series of woods and heathlands to the highest point of the walk in Houghton Forest before crossing the South Downs Way near Westburton Hill. Surrounded by wooded downs you continue through the sleepy villages of West Burton and Bignor to lunch in Sutton and on to Barlavington, from where you descend into the Rother Valley through Burton Park with its pretty church and imposing mansion.
This walk is the southerly section of the unmarked Midhurst Way, which has been created by John Trueman, local to the area and a passionate advocate of outdoor pursuits. It runs between Arundel and Haslemere. The northerly section Midhurst to Haslemere is available as a separate SWC Walk.
Bus 99 Chichester - Petworth (6 buses per day, Mon-Sat) runs through Sutton, the lunch destination, and along the A 285, enabling a finish at Duncton Heath End, Coultershaw Stationmasters House or at Coultershaw Bridge (Badger Inn). This is a flexible service, pre-booking is required on 01903 264 776, 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri, 09.00-13.00 Sat! In Petworth, connect to below Bus 1.
OS Explorer: OL3 (Arundel & Pulborough) and OL33 (Haslemere & Petersfield)
Arundel Station, map reference TQ 024 264, is 79 km south west of Charing Cross and 4m above sea level. Midhurst, map reference SU 887 218, is 11 km south of Haslemere and 25m above sea level. Both are in West Sussex. Arundel station is on the Victoria to Southampton West Coastway Line. Journey times are from 80 minutes Mon-Sat (two trains an hour), and from 88 minutes on Sunday (hourly). Buses from Midhurst connect to Haslemere, Petersfield, Pulborough and Chichester. Bus 1 to Pulborough (on the same line as Arundel) runs about hourly Mon-Sat until 19.00, and every two hours on Sundays to 18.30. The fare in 11/21 was £4.90.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.
|Lunch and Tea||
The White Horse Inn The Street, Sutton, West Sussex RH20 1PS (01798 869 221). The White Horse is located 13.8 km (8.6 mi) into the walk.
Travel from Midhurst Updated Nov-21
Catch a bus to/from a station, preferably on the same rail line you arrived from. If not possible, buy a more expensive ticket to Chichester, which is valid on both rail lines.
Bus times change frequently. Check before you travel. Especially the time of the last bus!
There are 4 bus routes to choose from.
Portsmouth Direct Line from Waterloo to Haslemere or Petersfield
Arun Valley line from Victoria to Pulborough or Chichester
Both lines (a more expensive ticket to Chichester is needed, valid for all the above stations)
Taxi from Midhurst
BJ's Private Hire (01730 716 327 or 07732 590 806). Uber is about £20 for Midhurst to Haslemere.
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Out (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk