Long walk though a remote and less visited part of the South Downs National Park
|Length||31.8 km (19.8 mi) with 597 metres of ascent|
|Toughness||9 out of 10|
|OS Maps||OS Explorer Maps: OL3 (was 133), OL10 (was 121)|
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 – Duncton – 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: call 01903 264 776, 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri, 09.00-13.00 Sat! In Petworth you must connect to below Bus 1.
|Eat and Stay||
The White Horse Inn The Street, Sutton, West Sussex RH20 1PS (01798 869 221). Open 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00 Tue-Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00. The White Horse is located 13.8 km (8.6 mi) into the walk.
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).
Taxi: BJ's Private Hire (01730 716327 or 07732 590806).
Travel from Midhurst Updated Mar-17
There are 4 bus routes to choose from.
Waterloo line to Haslemere / Petersfield
Victoria line to Pulbrough / Amberley / Arundel
Both lines (a more expensive ticket to Chichester, valid for all the above stations)
BJ's Private Hire (01730 716327 or 07732 590806). Uber is about £25 for Midhurst to Haslemere.
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Out (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (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