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Pulborough to Petworth walk


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Fri, 26-Feb-21

Date # Post
Sat, 07-Sep-19 19

Saturday Walk - The Arun and Rother Valleys, a stately pile in a landscaped park and some heathery Commons: Pulborough Circular via Petworth

Length: 23.4 km (14.6 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 385 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10
or longer (with a loop through Petworth Park)
Length: from 26.5 km (16.5 mi)
Net Walking Time: from ca. 6 ¼ hours
or shorter (finishing in Petworth)
15 ¼ to 18 km (9.5 to 11.2 m)
Take the 09.36 Southampton Central & Bognor Regis train from Victoria (09.43 CJ, 09.53 EC), arriving Pulborough at 10.51. [Train splits at Horsham.]
Return trains: xx.24 and xx.55.
Return buses from Petworth to Pulborough (Line 1 from Midhurst to Worthing): 14.44, 15.49, 16.54, 18.04, 19.14, 19.44 [Note: the buses do not leave from the Market Square anymore (apart from the last bus of the day), but ‘On A283 Angel Street, near Sheepdown Drive’. You may have to ask locally where that is…]
Across the Arun valley and Greensand Hills to an attractive town with one of the National Trust's finest properties, Petworth House. Back to Pulborough on a more southerly route between the A283 and the Rother valley, with views of the South Downs along the way. This is a mixed landscape of farmland and wooded commons, with Hesworth Common being particularly attractive. The route passes two fine old churches at Fittleworth and Stopham, and crosses back over the River Arun on the medieval Stopham Bridge.
For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch: Angel Inn (food served all day) or The Star (food served all day) in Petworth.
Tea: Plenty options in Petworth and The White Hart in Stopham (2.3 km from the end). T=swc.128.a
I Thought you take the Train from London Waterloo to Southampton. On that way?
Hi Marc, this one goes via the slower line to Southampton, from Victoria. The faster one from Waterloo does not go via Pulborough...
19 on this delightful walk. 18 were counted at the station and one joined us in the woods to do a circular walk from Fittleworth. Weather was cloudy then sunny.
Some people had lunch in Petworth Park, others in the Star, and at least one walker had lunch in the Angel Inn. Quite a few enjoyed a lovely drink at the White Hart at the end of the walk in mellow evening sunshine.
This lovely walk was enlivened by encounters with live stock – to wit a horse chewing away at a signpost, a bellowing bull and cows crossing from one field into another.

Sat, 19-Aug-17 25

Saturday Walk - The Arun & Rother Valleys, Greensand Hills, Petworth House & Deer Park: Pulborough Circular (via Petworth)

SWC Walk 128a – Pulborough Circular (via Petworth Park)
Length: 26.5 km (16.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 440 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10
SWC Walk 128 – Pulborough to Petworth
Length: 18.0 km (11.2 mi) [shorter walk possible]
Ascent/Descent: 280 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 09.06 Portsmouth Harbour & Bognor Regis train from Victoria, arriving Pulborough at 10.17 (you have to be in the rear part of the train, as it splits in Horsham)
Return trains: xx.23 and xx.55 to 18.23, then 19.05, 19.35, 19.59, 20.36, 21.36, 22.38, 23.08.
“Across the Arun valley and Greensand Hills to an attractive town with one of the National Trust's finest properties: Petworth House (National Trust, ticketed entry) set in Petworth Park (free to enter). After lunch in Petworth you can do as much or as little walking through the deer park and the village as you wish. Three suggested routes through Petworth Park are briefly described.
For a longer outing, we’ll complete a Circular Walk back to Pulborough on a more southerly route between the A283 and the Rother valley, with views of the South Downs along the way. This is a mixed landscape of farmland and wooded commons, with Hesworth Common being particularly attractive. The route passes two fine old churches at Fittleworth and Stopham, and crosses back over the River Arun on the medieval Stopham Bridge (with the lovely White Hart pub next to it).
On the short walk, and if you want to abandon the long walk in the afternoon, you will need to catch a Stagecoach 1 bus to return to Pulborough station (hourly service) [The afternoon route is never far from the A283 and you could catch the same bus from Byworth, Fittleworth or Stopham.]”
The Angel Inn in Petworth (12.0 km/7.5 mi, food to 14.30);
The Star in Petworth (12.0 km/7.5 mi, food to 15.00).
Audit Room Café at Petworth House (NT);
Plenty of options in Petworth;
The White Hart at Stopham Bridge (2.3 km from the end);
The Banyan Tree restaurant (300m beyond the station);
The Oddfellows Arms (1.2 km beyond the station);
The Chequers Hotel (650m beyond the station).
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
A few plan to take the later train at 10.06 and finish at Petworth.
Later train sounds good. I am tempted. However, the walk is 3 hrs to Petworth, that means arriving Petworth at 2:30pm. Will that be too late for pub lunch. Alternatively, 9:36 am train maybe a compromise. Any takers?
9 is the new10.
10 off the 10.06 I've been told when we (the vanguard of the 9.06 mob) bumped into some of them in Petworth...
15 off the 09.06, none (we suspect) off the train inbetween, so I make that 25 (msg for early posters of part walk reports: the nequalsnumber thingie is best reserved for the total number of walkers, so that it feeds into the stats correctly; ta) in sunny with passing clouds weather, i.e.: as usual better than forecast.
A good day for this walk, as it lives off the South Downs views to a degree, combined with lots of woods (some plantations amongst them though), pretty, remote cottages and several water features. Plus Petworth Town, Park and House. A lovely mix.
The faster walkers got to the Angel Inn before 13.00 hours and found a shady table in the pretty courtyard. All indoor tables were reserved, presumably for the v large wedding party that started to assemble while we were there.
The not so fast walkers ended up in the Star.
Off to the park, where we walked the medium length route, back to town and on to Pulborough. Some good heather displays in Hesworth Common, a tea stop at The White Hart (which serves wine from the very local Stopham Vineyard), then the 17.55 train.
One cuckoo heard en route...

More than 1/2 of walkers did the morning session plus a stroll in Petworth estate, then took 4:45pm bus to Pulborough to catch 5:24pm train. 4 on 4:45pm bus got off at Fittleworth to continue with walk to Pulborough. At least 2 caught earlier bus. Only 4 fast walkers did the full walk.

An experiment to see what would happen if I copied, deleted, and reposted this comment with a partial number in without the n. Will the 25 magically take over from the 9?
#3 Anonymous, Sat 19 Aug 17, 17:30
£1 £1 £1
Absolutely chuffed to get off so lightly on the bus fare
Mr Miser
PS 9 on the 10.06 out of Victoria
To explain the bus fare comment, a number of us got on the 4.45pm bus. Half way through charging us for our fares the ticket machine went into meltdown. A bizarre scene ensued in which the driver pulled reams and reams and reams of ticket paper out of the machine and got increasingly flustered. Finally he waved the last few passengers onto the bus but said "You will not travel for free". A little way out of town he stopped the bus and fiddled with the machine a second time and finally charged those who had not been able to buy a ticket earlier £1 each, rather than the correct £4 something fare: maybe this was the only ticket he could get the machine to print?

Those of us who got off at Fittleworth had a nice walk down to the pub at Stopham Bridge, a drink in the pleasant sunshine, and then a lovely walk over the hill to Pulborough. This was a good way of shortening the walk, I think. In the interests of research (and to fill time before our train) we walked down into downtown Pulborough an ugly place where the former pub, now an Indian restaurant called the Banyan Tree, did indeed seem to have a cafe attached to it The Swan Cafe but we did not go in, as our train was due.
Wren and pied wagtail spotted on this super undulating walk through this scenic walk of West Sussex. Fine views of the South Downs as advertised and more flexible Lunch time options with the Star (under new management) now serving food to 5:00pm
After a stroll around the Upper Pond in Petworth Park, some caught the 5:55pm No.1 bus and those with FP's turned the ticket machine lights green without any ado. Unfortunately the ticket machine was functioning perfectly for the younger person who had to fork out £4 + for here fare : (
Other SWC walkers were spotted in the gardens of the "White Hart" at Stopham enjoying the evening sun and refreshments as the bus sped us on to Pulborough after a delightful day out.

# Well meaning busybody:
That's what I have done in the past, I always assume it does the trick, as long as it happens before webmaster does his 'stats run'. Webbie was talking about setting up the magic routine in such a way that it captures the higher of all nequalsnumber thingies, but whether he has done so...?
Sat, 11-Jun-16 23

Saturday Third Walk – Petworth House & Park

Extra Walk 128 – Pulborough to Petworth
Length: 15¼ to 18¼ km (9.5 to 11.3 miles). Toughness: 5/10

09:06 Portsmouth Harbour & Bognor Regis train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 09:12, East Croydon 09:23), arriving Pulborough at 10:17. You need to be in the rear portion, for Bognor Regis. Buy a return to Pulborough.

There's no station in Petworth. Unless you choose to complete a much longer circular walk (see below), you'll need to catch the Stagecoach 1 bus (towards Worthing, not Midhurst) for the 15-minute journey back to Pulborough station. It leaves from Market Square at 45 minutes past the hour to 16:45, then at 17:55 and 18:57 (last bus).

Return trains from Pulborough to Victoria are at 23 & 55 minutes past the hour until 18:23, then 19:05 and hourly from 19:35.

This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown so it seems appropriate to have a walk ending at one of his finest creations, Petworth Park. If you're a member of the National Trust (or pay the entry fee) you can visit Petworth House (which currently has an exhibition about him) but there's no charge to enter the beautifully landscaped deer park.

Petworth is a three-hour walk from Pulborough station, so bring some provisions if you think you might need a mid-morning snack before reaching the lunch pub in the town. If you visit the house and/or park you'll probably feel like calling it a day and catching the bus, but directions are included for a full circular walk back to Pulborough if you have the energy. In fact the return route is never far from the bus route and with a bit of planning you could take the bus to (say) Fittleworth or Stopham Bridge and walk the rest of the way, or vice versa.

You'll need to print the walk directions (with details of Petworth's lunch and tea places) from the Extra Walk 128 page. If you don't plan to do the long circular walk, clicking the 'Main Walk' option will significantly reduce the amount printed. T=swc.128
23 walkers on this walk which was very good with woods and fields and no rain. The weather was overcast occasional sun
Little to report,most seemed to lunch at The Star which is apparently far better than previously that doesn't say much for how it used to be then. They had a special of local fish but the sea is miles away ?
Some walked back whilst others got the bus back to Pullborough, some toured Petworth park, some looked around Petworth House, some went for a meal in the local town Tillington and that is enough somes
C Worthy

Also 1 walked to Fittleworth and at least 2 were walking all the way back to Pulborough.
i thought that the star pub wes excellent. Rather surprised by the down beat remark about it. I got the bus to Fittleworth and walked back from there. A beautiful end to the walk

Can confirm that at least two completed the circular back to Pulborough, with a diversion for refreshments to the The Horse Guards Inn at Tillington (not far beyond the walls of Petworth Park). Also took refreshments at The White Hart at Stopham Bridge. I know Petworth House and Park were the main attractions of the walk, but the highlight for me was the bridge at Stopham. Amazing! Worth the extra kilometers. Made it back to Pulborough in time for the 19:35.
Four made it to Tillington for dinner at the Horseguards Inn. What time did we get back to London? I don't know but the tube was still running, (does that help?) although it felt way past my bedtime. We missed the 20.36 from Pulborough station, (why?) because our taxi driver decided he'd rather watch the footie than come and collect us from the pub to take us to the station, and the 20.36 was the last direct London train that Southern kindly provided from Pulborough that evening. However we got a free ride from Pulborough station to Gatwick station from the "no show" taxi company, after we camped out in their office, and piled on to the Gatwick Express for the final leg to London. Phew.
Sat, 03-May-14 25 Pulborough to Petworth
Sun, 23-Jun-13 2 Pulborough Circular, omitting Petworth Park
Sat, 08-Sep-12 Pulborough to Petworth
Sat, 13-Aug-11 Pulborough to Petworth
Sat, 13-Aug-11 Pulborough Circular, including Petworth Park