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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Saturday Walk Arundel Grande Circular (with shorter options)

Book 1 Walk 32 plus Book 2 walk 22 makes for an Arundel Grande

Distance:  Something for everyone…..the proposed distance is about 15 miles/24 km. However, you could do the book 1 walk as written (11.7 miles with various options to shorten) or for late starters, you could plan to arrive in Amberley about 12:30ish and do the afternoon leg of 9 miles….

Difficulty:  3-5 out of 10, depending on route taken….

Meet:  11:00 AM in Arundel Station car park (by public transport, the 9:35 Bognor Regis train from London Victoria (stopping CJ 9:42 and EC 9:53) should do the trick)

I have been dreaming of a Grand Arundel circular for some time…..combining parts of our existing fine repertoire in the area….The idea is start with Book 1 Walk 32 on its route through Arundel and Arundel Park which you follow to point 24 where you take the short cut and turn left towards Houghton Bridge…..then pick up Book 2 walk 22 just outside the Amberley train station. You can find more information about the walk(s) and download the walk instructions here and here.

Technically, you could potentially have a pub lunch in Amberley – the Black Horse in the village (a short diversion from the proposed route) will definitely be open (according to its website). It is unclear if the Bridge Inn (on route) will be open…, best to bring some provisions….Back in Arundel, presumably some hostelries will be open for post walk bevies….If not, there is always the Coop near the station….

Welcome back pubs and enjoy the walk!



Walker said...

This will make an excellent circuit. The downland parts of book 2 walk 22 are particular recommended for wildflower enthusiasts at this time of year

Anonymous said...

Very belatedly picked up the pun in the name. Nice one.

Walker said...

The Bridge Inn will not be open. It looks like the Riverside Tea Rooms will be doing takeaway 10-4pm, though, “unless it rains” (I am quoting the sign on their door).

Stargazer said...

19 assembled in the Arundel station car park w=under-soft-skies where we managed to separate into three groups, fast, medium and relaxed that departed in intervals to avoid regrouping...though the medium group took a slightly longer riverside start which met that the relaxed group overtook them...The two later groups further divided in typical SWC style with 2 of the relaxed group doing a shorter route...We then picked up a late starter in Amberley, making for a total of n=20.
After inspecting the Riverside Tea Rooms (open but very busy), the relaxed group headed back up on the downs where we managed to go slightly wrong -- but did find a sheltered dip for our lunch....after which we retraced our steps and continued on piste -- really a lovely stretch of downland at this time of year with abundant and colorful flowers...the skies remained very atmospheric with only the occasional spits of precipitation...We dipped down into Burpham and could not resist the lure of the George, where most of us enjoyed a very tasty pint of beer at one of the outdoor tables....a few of the now trailing medium group followed suit, just as we were leaving for the final stretch along the river with its tremendous views of Arundel Castle....Back in Arundel, we encountered some of the fast group in the Norfolk Tap where drinks and, for some, an early evening meal were enjoyed.....Quite a fine day out marked with a much appreciated return to some normalcy….Hopefully, the journey back to normal continues.....