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Amberley Circular walk

01-Mar-14 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Amberley Circular

Out along the foot of the South Downs above Wild Brook wetland to Storrington for lunch, and back along the ridge of the Downs.


Looking back along the Arun. Amberley to Arundel

11-Jan-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Amberley to Arundel

South Downs in the morning, then follows the river Arun to Historic Arundel (Castle, Cathedral)

Barlavington Hanger from Sutton Common

SWC Walk 39 - Amberley to Pulborough

01-Apr-18 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Amberley to Pulborough

The South Downs Way up a ridge and then across a couple of hills and through hanging woods in the morning. Then through the quiet West Weald and the Rother Valley with several heathery commons.


New bridge at South Stoke

19-Jul-10 • Sean O'Neill

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Arundel and Amberley

A contrast between peaceful villages in the Arun Valley and an attractive old town with a castle and cathedral.

View northwards from Arundel Park

Amberley to Arundel walk

06-Jul-19 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Arundel to Amberley

Arundel Castle, its parkland, and the South Downs

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Arundel to Goring-by-Sea

The River Arun, the Angmering Park Estate and “Worthing's best kept secret” on Highdown Hill.

Walkers in Burton Park

SWC Walk 217 Midhurst Way: Arundel to Midhurst

04-Jul-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Arundel to Midhurst via Midhurst Way

Long walk though a remote and less visited part of the South Downs National Park

Japanese pavilion

They could have filmed Bridge on the River Kwai here perhaps.

12-Oct-13 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Balcombe Circular

Nymans Gardens (NT), and the ruins of Slaugham

Ardingly Reservoir

Balcombe Circular walk

11-Dec-05 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Balcombe Circular via Ardingly Reservoir

Two interlocking circular walks (one for Summer, one for Winter) around Balcombe, taking in Ardingly Reservoir, the Ouse Valley Viaduct, and fine Weald territory.


24-May-08 • stuleeds on Flickr

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Balcombe to East Grinstead

Gentle wooded hills, Wakehurst Place Gardens (NT) and a reservoir


15-Apr-18 • dirkpetera on Flickr

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Balcombe to Horsham

Through the Weald to an old market town

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Berwick via Arlington Circular

Tranquil, quiet and gently undulating countryside with fine views of the downs and weald



23-Mar-01 • lindsay_randle on Flickr

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Billingshurst to Amberley

Starts in gentle countryside, with the South Downs a thin line on the horizon, then via some steep hills and hidden valleys to finish on the crest of the South Downs with a panoramic view

Knepp Wildlands

13-Oct-18 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Christs Hospital to Billingshurst via Knepp Castle

Long flat walk with an emphasis on fauna in a re-wilding area, and passing several historic buildings.

East Grinstead Circular

The ruins of Brambletye House. D.Allen Vivitar 5199mp

01-Mar-08 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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East Grinstead Circular

Two walks in classic Weald territory, with an optional visit to the National Trust property of Standen

Garden House and Pond of Broadhurst Manor

SWC Walk 27 - East Grinstead to Wivelsfield or Sheffield Park

06-Apr-18 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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East Grinstead to Wivelsfield or Sheffield Park

Long walk through area of bluebell-rich woodland then heathery commons, or shorter walk and return by steam train

Northerly View from The Trundle: Singleton and the Rother Valley through gap in South Downs main ridge

SWC Walk 239 Halnaker to Chichester via Cass Sculpture Park and Goodwood

05-Aug-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Halnaker to Chichester via Goodwood

Scenic steep chalk downlands around the Upper Lavant Valley, Cass Sculpture Park, the Goodwood Estate and unrivalled views from St. Roche's Hill

The Temple of Winds

Haslemere to Midhurst walk

08-May-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst via Henley

The Temple of the Winds on Black Down & lunch in idyllic hamlet with fine pub and evocative ruins of a fortified Tudor house on Cowdray Estate against the backdrop of the South Downs

Cowdray House Ruin

SWC Walk 48 Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lurgashall or Lickfold)

07-Jul-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst via Lurgashall

Black Down (heathland with views) and Temple of the Winds (viewpoint), Lurgashall (picturesque village with pub by the green), Cowdray Estate (romantic ruin by Polo Fields) and historic market town of Midhurst.

Black Down from Verdleyhill

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

04-Jul-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst via Midhurst Way

Quiet hills and forests, 2 country pubs, and Cowdray Park.

Downs view towards the end

Hassocks to Upper Beeding walk

12-Aug-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Hassocks to Upper Beeding

3 steep hills with fine views before lunch at Devil's Dyke. A gentle ridge walk in the afternoon to Upper Beeding (short bus ride to Shoreham station)


A Bluebell Railway train chugs by

06-Apr-13 • Sean O'Neill

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Haywards Heath Circular via Lindfield

A gently undulating walk in the low hills around the Ouse Valley.


Ardingly Reservoir

14-Oct-12 • Sean O'Neill

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Haywards Heath to Balcombe via Ardingly

An undulating High Weald walk with a contrasting section alongside Ardingly Reservoir

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Haywards Heath to Balcombe via the Ouse valley

The rolling tree clad High Wield


Through Stumblewood Common

23-Sep-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Horsted Keynes Circular

A varied walk from the deep wooded valleys of the High Weald to the elevated heathland of Ashdown Forest, with a section alongside the Bluebell Railway. Travel by bus

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Kingley Vale

A forest of ancient Yew trees, Devil's Humps (Bronze age burial mounds), chalk downland, and a steep climb to a viewpoint

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Littlehampton to Bognor Regis

Quiet coastal walk past quiet shingle beaches and busier south coast resorts of Littlehampton and Bognor Regis


17-May-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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Chichester to West Wittering and East Head

A quiet canal, the shoreline of Chichester Harbour, West Wittering beach, and East Head spit. Return by bus.

Book 3, Walk 18, Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

Silent contemplation, 3 Feb '07

03-Feb-07 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Petersfield to Rowlands Castle

An easy southerly trek through East Hampshire.


Parham House across the lake

10-Aug-13 • Sean O'Neill

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Pulborough Circular

Long but easy walk which explores the water meadows of the River Arun, with the South Downs as a dramatic backdrop.

View from the downs

Pulborough to Amberley walk

30-Jun-19 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Pulborough to Amberley

Historic Pulborough, gentle hills, a gem of a pub, an RSPB marshland, and up and over the South Downs to Amberley.

Horses in Field and Black Down

SWC Walk 294 - Pulborough to Halfway Bridge (via Tillington)

10-Aug-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Pulborough to Halfway Bridge via Tillington

The Rother and Lod valleys, Littleworth and Sutton Common heathlands, South Downs views, Burton Park and three good pubs


Petworth House from Upper Pond

08-Sep-12 • Sean O'Neill

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Pulborough to Petworth

Across the Arun valley and Greensand Hills to an attractive town with one of the National Trust's finest properties

Farm House in Rape Oilseed Field, from Locksash Lane

SWC Walk Rowlands Castle Circular

14-May-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Rowlands Castle Circular

A demanding walk, first through park- and woodland, then through the remote westerly valleys of the South Downs


19-Apr-18 • dirkpetera on Flickr

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Rowlands Castle Grand Circular

Long walk via Kingley Vale SSI, Beacon Hill, and the South Downs ridge

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Seaford Circular via Alfriston and Bishopstone

A new perspective on, and glorious panoramic views of, the South Downs.

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Worthing Pier

30-Mar-14 • Andrew Murphy

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Shoreham By Sea to Littlehampton

Varied coastal walk past quiet shingle beaches and the busier south coast resorts of Worthing and Littlehampton

On the downs after lunch

Petersfield to Cocking walk

16-Jul-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Petersfield to Cocking

Follows the South Downs Way along the crest of the South Downs with good 360 degree views throughout.


28-Jun-10 • Andrew Murphy

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Amberley to Cocking

South Downs Way along the ridge of the South Downs NP. Views in the morning, a forested trail in the afternoon. Travel by bus.


19-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

Amberley to Shoreham By Sea or Lancing

A ridge walk along the South Downs Way, passing Chanctonbury Ring.

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02-Jul-06 • Saturday Walkers Club (unknown)

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Southbourne to Chichester

The inlets of Chichester Harbour (best at high tide) and the historic Cathedral town.

Jericho 17 miles (beware bandits....)

Framfield, Sussex

21-Mar-15 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Uckfield via Van Hoogstraaten's Path Circular

Undulating low Weald Countryside via the (now peaceful) path at the centre of a right-of-way battle between the Ramblers and Van Hoogstraaten


Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield

07-Aug-14 • Sean O'Neill

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Wivelsfield to Haywards Heath

Fine views from the High Weald, the picturesque Sussex village of Cuckfield, and Borde Hill Garden.