Long and hilly walk through a remote and less visited part of the South Downs National Park, through the Rother Valley and across the Sandstone Upland to Midhurst
Length: 30.5 km (19.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 590 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 7 hours (at 5 km/h)
Toughness: 10 out of 10
9.02 Portsmouth Harbour & Bognor Regis train from Victoria (9.08 CJ, 9.18 EC), arriving Arundel at 10.29 Make sure you are in the rear (Bognor Regis) part of the train.
The return from Midhurst is by bus to either:
- Chichester Station (Bus #60, dep. 18.00, 18.30, 19.05 and 20.15): Return trains from Chichester are 19.07 (VIC dir.), 19.25 (VIC, chg. Barnham), 19.35 (WAT, chg. Havant), 20.07 (VIC, dir.), 20.35 (WAT, chg. Havant); 21.07 (VIC, dir.), 22.11 (VIC, chg. Horsham), 22.40 (VIC, chg. Three Bridges).
- Haslemere Station (Bus #70, dep. 18.00 and 19.05): Return trains from Haslemere to Waterloo are XX.02, XX.15 and XX.32 until 21.32 (also 19.39), then 22.15 and 23.15.
- Pulborough Station (Bus #1, dep. 18.45): Return trains from Pulborough to Victoria are XX.35 until 21.35 (dir.), then 22.37 (chg. Horsham).
A dropout is possible after 21.3 km/13.2 mi: Bus #1 Midhurst to Worthing (via Pulborough Station) stops at Tillington (Upperton Road), about 2 minutes from the pub, at 15.41, 16.41, 17.51 and 18.54.
First posting of this long walk, which has only skeletal directions, but should be easy to navigate.
Amongst the Highlights are: the South Downs crest at Yew Tree Gate, open downland with views in every direction, Bignor with its Roman Villa and vineyards, Barlavington's famous old yew tree, views to Burton Park and Petworth, the Rother Valley, woods, farmland, Tillington Church, the Cowdray Estate with its 1000 year old Queen Elizabeth-Oak, Polo Fields and Cowdray Castle.
For more details and for the walk directions click here.
R&R can be found at:
The White Horse in Sutton (13.3 km/8.2 mi);
The Cricketers in Duncton (16.4 km/10.2 mi, a little bit off-route);
The Badgers Inn in Coultershaw Bridge (18.1 km/11.2 mi);
The Horse Guards Inn in Tillington (21.5 km/13.4 mi);
The Lodsworth Larder in Lodsworth (25.4 km/15.7 mi);
The Hollist Arms in Lodsworth (25.4 km/15.7 mi); and at plenty of options in Midhurst.
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