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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sunday First Walk - Sussex water meadows

SWC Walk 14 – Pulborough Circular

Length: 21km (13 miles) Toughness: 4 out of 10

09:17 Havant train from Victoria (Clapham Junction 09:23, East Croydon 09:38) arriving Pulborough at 10:28.

Return trains are at xx:26 (journey time 1 hour 25 minutes) and xx:43 (journey time 1 hour 15 minutes). The cheapest option is to buy separate Advance tickets for the outward and return journeys before Sunday. You will need to specify the particular trains you intend to catch, and cannot change your mind. With dusk arriving around 5pm you’d probably be safe to choose the 17:26 train back.

With British Summer Time having ended, you’ll have had an extra hour in bed this morning, so the apparently early start is not really that early, and is necessary to ensure that the walk can confidently be completed before the light fails. If you’re worried that you might not make it back in daylight, you can omit the Parham Park loop after lunch, as described in the Walk Directions. This reduces the length of the walk to 11 miles.

This a longish but easy walk that explores the water meadows of Amberley Wild Brooks and the RSPB’s Pulborough Brooks, both of which are flooded in winter. So this may be a last chance until next spring to enjoy this tranquil walk with its bird-watching opportunities.

The recommended lunchtime pub is the Sportsman (01798 831787) in Amberley.

You will need to download the Walk Directions, suppressing any sections you plan to omit.


Thomas G said...


Thomas G said...

5 off the train, 1 woman and her dog up from Brighton by car, i.e.: n=6 walkers in w=initially-foggy-but-soon-bright-and-clear weather. Largely uneventful and only modestly pacey walk, in an attempt to keep the group together and due to all the stops ogling up the wildlife en route (herons, geese, other birds, more birds, and then some other birds, deer, antlered deer and then more deer, especially in Parham Park, of course). Amberley Brook muddy in places, but always with an easy deviation around the bloopy spots.
Splendid walk all in, with a nice lunch at The Sportsman (inside, as no big enough table was available on the terrace) and with a tea stop at the Cafe in the Visitor Centre at Pulborough Brooks (interesting Chocolate and Vanilla cake, if with too much icing), this time at an outside table with views across the wetlands.
By then our most famous SW London walkers had had enough of the rest of us and hitched a hike to Pulborough Station.
16.43 train for the rest (minus the woman with a car and the quietest dog ever on an SWC walk).
p.s.: the SWC Roast Potatoe-Inspector was on the walk, but he had a curry, so he's not writing the walk report