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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday Walk – The South Downs & Highdown Gardens (Arundel-Goring)

New Walk – Arundel to Goring-by-Sea
Length: 14¾ km (9.2 miles), with longer options. Toughness: 3/10.

09:36 Southampton Central & Bognor Regis train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 09:42, East Croydon 09:54), arriving Arundel at 11:00. You need to be in the rear (Bognor Regis) portion when the train divides at Horsham. The possible return stations are on a different line but a return to Littlehampton is the same fare and covers both routes.

Direct return trains from Goring-by-Sea are roughly half-hourly at xx:26 & xx:56-04 (times of the latter vary slightly), to 21:26. You could also take a Brighton train and change there, but you'd only get back a few minutes before the next direct train.

This new walk seemed to go down well last September. I think everyone enjoyed the chance to visit Highdown Gardens near the end and they should look even better in spring. The Woodman Arms also got good reviews as the lunch pub, despite being on a noisy main road. The walk itself features a stretch alongside the River Arun followed by a mixed landscape of woods, valleys and farmland typical of the South Downs.

If you spend some time in the gardens (and nearby tearoom) you'll probably want to call it a day, but the walk document includes a couple of longer options: an extra loop down to the seafront, and an alternative ending in Angmering. If you choose the latter, trains leave Angmering 4 minutes before Goring. Some even longer extensions (to Worthing or Littlehampton) are also suggested and I'd appreciate feedback from anyone trying these.

You'll need to bring the walk directions from the Arundel to Goring-by-Sea walk page.


Anonymous said...

Intend going...

Mike A said...

About n=20 on the walk with some initial concern that the path alongside the River Arun might be shut. However despite the notices, there were no issues and we all continued across the railway to Angmering Park the w=forecast_rain_arrived_before_lunch_and_persisted_for_the_remainder_of_the_walk
The Woodman Arms looked after us well despite changing hands the following day. (No crisps or nuts to ease the changeover). It appears the bar staff will remain, but there'll be a different crew in the kitchen but serving a similar menu.
Some braved the rain to visit Highdown Gardens before meeting up at the nearby tearooms with it's large selection of cakes. One group set off to catch the 5:04 train back to the metropoles from Goring by Sea and was joined by party goers celebrating a 70th Birthday party nearby.
I slightly damp, but nevertheless enjoyable day out.

Moonbrain said...

A lovely walk it was a shame about the rain arriving a few hours earlier than forecast.
Highdown Gardens is a hidden treasure which I think would be better appreciated in the late summer or autumn when in full bloom, and hopefully no rain.