SWC Walk 283: Christ’s Hospital to Billingshurst T=SWC.283
Distance: 16.9 Miles or 27.1 km for those more metrically minded (with shorter bus options available)
Difficulty: 4.5 out of 10
Train: Take the 8:46 AM
Portsmouth Harbour train from London Victoria
(stopping at Clapham Junction at 8:53 and East Croydon at 9:03), arriving at Christ’s Hospital at 9:49. Return trains from Billingshurst are at 28 and 57 past the hour until 22:28.
Buy a day return to Billingshurst.
This walk has only ever had one Sunday outing which was well received. It very interestingly spends about 6 kilometers exploring a 10-year old re-wilding project taking place a Knepp Castle
, featuring Old English Longhorn Cattle, Tamworth Pigs, Fallow Deer and Exmoor Ponies (unfortunately, no native elephants or giraffes…) As an added bonus at this time of year, we may be lucky enough to see some deer rutting taking place…..Although long, the route is more or less flat, so probably not as challenging as you may think just looking at the numbers…..You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here
The recommended lunch spot is the Crown Inn
(01403 710 902) in Dial Post (what a name!) (8.9 miles/14.3 km into the walk), food served until 2:00pm.
Tea and other post walk refreshments can be had at the Railway Inn
across from Billingshurst Station.
Enjoy the walk!