Sussex Border Path
Saturday 26 October
This walk is another great opportunity to reach bits of countryside we don’t often reach. It is pleasant walking with some splendid woodland and a couple of interesting diversions!
It is a linear walk along the Sussex Border Path from Rudgwick to Ockley in Surrey. There are no drop-out points.
There’s a lunchtime pub or bring a packed lunch for a picnic if you prefer.
We start at Rudgwick (which means farm on a ridge). The village has tile-hung cottages and an old church. One of the walls is Norman, it has a 12th century font made of marble from Sussex and a 13th century tower with huge corner buttresses.
The path goes through the churchyard and past Hermongers which is a Grade 2 listed early 19th century house. There’s a stretch of easy walking along a ridge with views of the South Downs and Greensand Hills. The path goes past a lodge house and through the damp mossy woods of the Honeywood Estate (the house is now a nursing home). There’s a short stretch along Stane Street, the remains of the Roman road from London to Chichester. The path crosses Tickfold Gill, a stream, and goes past Denne, a timber-framed farmhouse. It follows the fir-lined Smugglers Lane and goes past a pretty reed-fringed pond at Wattlehurst Farm. This is the home of Deadwood mock-Western township but I’m not sure if we’ll be able to see anything from the path.
The walk ends at Ockley station for the 6.15pm train back to Victoria (should be back by 7.20pm).
Look out for other Cloggies at Victoria station National Railways ticket office from 9am onwards. Take the 9.32am train to Horsham. Please note I will meet the train at Horsham when it arrives at 10.26am. Alternatively take the 9.03am train from London Bridge to Horsham which arrives a few minutes earlier. We will get the 10.47am bus from outside the station to the start of the walk and be walking about 11.20am (a shorter and cheaper bus ride than last time!)
Buy a return to Horsham. This costs about £9.55 return if you buy a Groupsave 4 ticket (you need to link up with other people at the ticket office beforehand so a group of 4 can travel for the price of 2) or about £12.80 return if you have a Network Card or you buy a Groupsave 3 ticket (3 people travel for the price of 2). Ordinary return tickets cost about £19.10.
Car drivers are advised to park in Horsham and take the 6.36pm train back from Ockley to Horsham.