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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Sunday Walk - Balcombe to Horsham

Length: 26.7 km (16.6 mi) [shorter walk possible]
Ascent/Descent: 375/398m; Net Walking Time: 6 ¼ hours
Toughness: 7/10

Take the 09.41 Brighton train from London Bridge (09.55 East Croydon), arrives Balcombe 10.21.
From Victoria take the 09.33 Portsmouth Harbour train (Clapham J 09.40) and change at East Croydon (09.49/09.55).
Return trains from Horsham are on xx.21 (to Victoria) and xx.48 (to LBG), journey time 60 mins.
Buy a Horsham Return, you then may have to buy a Three Bridges to Balcombe one-stop single extension.

"This walk passes through the beautiful woodlands of the High Weald between Balcombe and Horsham including St. Leonard's Forest just to the east of Horsham, the source of the river Arun. The walk also passes near the source of the River Ouse. A major theme of this walk are the various water features along the way from gurgling streams to rivers and lakes. The ridge at the northern end of St. Leonards Forest along the line from Colgate to Pease Pottage forms the watershed between the river Thames and the Channel. The streams to the north flowing into the Thames are called brooks while the ones to the south flowing into the Channel are called gills. The river Mole's source are various brooks on the northern side of the watershed. In the morning the walk passes through Nymans Estate the former country retreat of the Messel family and now owned by the National Trust. The destination of the walk is the old market town of Horsham at the upper reaches of the Arun. Towards the end of the walk you pass the Chesworth Farm Riverside Fields a small nature reserve along the river Arun."

Walk Option: route map and text show a shortcut towards the end, but the write-up does not tell us how much it cuts…

Lunch: The Wheatsheaf in Plummers Plain (10.4 km/6.4 mi).
Tea: the route finishes through the centre of Horsham, so take your pick… Recommended by the walk author is The Black Jug (Brunning & Price mini-chain).

For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.

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