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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday Walk - South Downs and Rother Valley: Amberley to Pulborough (with short options and some bluebell woods)

Length: 25.7 km (15.9 mi)
Ascent/Descent:  514/512 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ½ hours
Toughness:  8 out of 10 
Length: 19.8 km (12.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent:  389/387 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness:  6 out of 10 

For an afternoon shortcut: Bus line 1 (Midhurst – Worthing via Pulborough Station) calls  Fittleworth (15.57, 17.02, 18.12, 19.22, 19.52) and Stopham Bridge (3 mins later).

Take the 09.33 Portsmouth Harbour train from Victoria (09.40 Clapham J, 09.49 EC, 09.57 Coulsdon South!), arriving Amberley at 10.56.
Return trains from Pulborough: xx.04 (77 mins). Buy an Amberley Return.

The route follows the South Downs Way out of the scenic Arun Valley along some steep chalky tracks high up onto Bignor Hill for some magnificent views along the ridge, out to sea and across the West Weald. You leave the South Downs Way and pass Glatting Beacon with its transmission masts to then gradually descend from the ridge – not without a few short re-ascents up Farm Hill and Barlavington Down – past a few hanging woods into the Rother Valley. Pass the quaint setting of Duncton Mill and head for The Cricketers pub for lunch. Onwards you go through the magnificent Burton Park with its ponds, before you walk through several idyllic commons, part wooded, part sandy heathland, and eventually cross the Rother River and progress to Pulborough along a westerly route familiar from other walks, past the picturesque Stopham church and medieval bridge.

A shorter option descends steeply from Bignor Hill through hanging woods to the quiet villages of Bignor and Sutton (where the village pub has re-opened after a long hiatus and refurb).

Lunch: The Cricketers in Duncton (13.0 km/8.1 mi, food all day) on the main walk, or the re-opened The White Horse in Sutton  (9.6 km/5.9 mi, food to 19.00).
Tea: The Swan in Fittleworth (5.3 km/3.3 mi from the end, open all day) and The White Hart in Stopham (2.3 km/1.4 mi from the end, open all day)

For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.  T=swc.39

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