Two castles, Swanbourne Lake and delightful thatched houses -Arundel to Amberley

  • April 21, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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Two castles, Swanbourne Lake and delightful thatched houses make this Arundel to Amberley walk a truly farity tale like experience.

Length: 18.8km (11.7 milAes), 5 hours 15 minutes. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 10 hours

Start and End: Clapham Junction station – let’s meet at the main entrance (St John's hill side), by the ticket offices.

Time: 9:50am at CJ station. Please note that we will be taking 10:08 train from Clapham Junction, so we will wait at the meeting point until 10:00am.

At 10:00am sharp we will make our way to the platform, so please make sure that you arrive on time as we will not be waiting for the late comers. You will be welcome to try and catch up with the group afterwards and I will be happy to share my number and keep in touch and send you coordinates of where we are but it will be your responsibility to find us.

We will arrive in Arundel at 11:37am. It is very difficult to predict exact return time as it depends on the walking speed of the particular group and the choices we make along the way (lunch, route etc). If you decide to join, please consider yourself committed for the day.

Fee: 19.45 includes train tickets and paypal charges.

Toughness: 7 out of 10.

Features: This South Downs walk requires a relatively early start from London if we want to be in time for food at the lunchtime pub; the distance to this pub in Burpham from the start of the walk is 6 miles, 2.5 hours of walking.

The walk starts and ends along the River Arun. It goes up Arundel’s old High Street, lined with ancient buildings, to the Duke of Norfolk’s castle. The Norfolk family have been Roman Catholics for centuries, hence you pass the only church in the UK that is part Catholic and part Protestant (the Catholic part is their chapel, separated off by an iron grille). You pass the Roman Catholic Cathedral then enter the 1,240-acre Arundel Park (the park is closed on March 24th each year, but the public footpaths should remain open on that day). From the Hiorne Tower, you descend to Swanbourne Lake, then go up and through the Park to exit it through a gap in the wall, to walk above the River Arun again. The route leads you to the isolated hamlet of South Stoke, with its unusual church and from there you walk beside the river all the way to the village of Burpham, with its church, and pub – your lunchtime stop. The afternoon’s walk, up, over and down the chalky South Downs, makes for a nice contrast to the morning’s walk. Amberley is a delightful village with many thatched houses, a pub, tea shop and village store, in addition to its castle and church. Next to the railway station is the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.

Please note that we will not be entering the castle grounds. We will take photos from the outside.

IMPORTANT: By taking part in this meet-up you agree to the following disclaimer: I acknowledge that hiking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. My decision to voluntarily participate in these activities is an informed decision and I am aware of and shall accept such risks. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and involvement in these activities.

History: Arundel Castle was built at the end of the eleventh century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The castle was damaged in the Civil War (changing hands twice) and was largely rebuilt in ‘idealised Norman’ style by Dukes of Norfolk in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Parts of the castle and its grounds and café are open to the public: tel: 01903-882173 . Tuesday to Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in August: 10 am to 5 pm. Full access ticket: £16 (please note this is not included in the price). Cheaper, restricted access ticket options are also available.

The lack of labourers after the Black Death in 1349 led to the decay of St Nicholas Parish Church, Arundel, which was rebuilt in 1380. There were no pews, but there were stone seats around the side (hence the expression ‘the weakest go to the walls’). The building became barracks and stables for the parliamentarians during the Civil War – their guns laid siege to the castle from the church tower. In 1969, the then Duke of Norfolk opened up the wall between the Roman Catholic and Protestant parts of the church. For ecumenical special occasions, the iron grille dividing them is opened.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Howard in Arundel was completed in 1873. Entry is free. St Philip, thirteenth Earl of Arundel, whose father was beheaded by Queen Elizabeth I, was himself sentenced to death but died in 1595 after eleven years in the Tower of London, aged 39.

The eleventh century St Leonard’s Church in the hamlet of South Stoke (population 57) has a thin tower with a ‘frilly cap’, topped by a nineteenth century broach spire with four slatted dormer windows. The church is still lit by candles. Since the last resident Rector left in 1928 the parish has been in the care of the Vicar of Arundel.

A Roman pavement was uncovered in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin Church, Burpham, and parts of the church date from before the Norman Conquest.

Amberley Castle and St Michael’s Church, Amberley were both built shortly after the Norman Conquest by Bishop Luffa, using French masons who had been brought over to England to build Chichester Cathedral. The castle, one of three country palaces for the Bishops of Chichester, was considered necessary to defend the Bishops from peasants in revolt and from marauding pirates. Today, the castle is an exclusive hotel.

A hundred men once worked at the lime and cement works that now form the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, tel: 01798 831370 , next to Amberley railway station. The museum occupies a 36 acre site and is dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east, containing a wide range of exhibits, including vintage transport, tools and telecommunications. The museum is also home to a number of resident craftsmen and craftswomen, working in traditional ways. Open to the public from mid-February to October, 10 am to 5.30 pm, £9.30 (2010).

The walk taken from: http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_32/index.shtml

 

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  • david S

    Thanks for a great walk Kat. Breath taking views and well organised and some of the best country villages ever!

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Agreed! Might have to go back and check out Arundel castle a bit more lol

      April 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Infor from GPS: Distance: 20 km exactly, moving time 4 hours 10 minutes, total ascent 575m, total descent 498m, Average walking speed (moving) 5km/hour. Minimum Elevation -69m, maximum 120 metres, grade 4%.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome walk! Could not have picked a better day. Thanks for organising :)

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kat! We had such a fab time and a great laugh! I only have 2 blisters! Yuhuu! :-)

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Mouktar

      Don't forget the "Pain Killer" Same goes for Yves and Aloma ;)

      1 · April 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep. Done that. I feel fantastic! No pain whatsoever! ...Can't wait to go again! :-))

      April 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Thank you all for an awesome day!

    April 22, 2013

  • Curious Kat

    Hey guys, photos now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/s...­
    Please feel free to tag yourselves. :)

    April 21, 2013

  • Olimpia

    That was fun! Thanks Kat for organising, great meeting everyone

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thank you Kat.fabulous.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    was great

    April 21, 2013

  • Yoko

    I can always count on Kat for good time :) Thanks! and sorry I had to run off to catch a train. It was great meeting you all.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Mark Speed

    As usual, Kat was brilliantly organised. Great walk. Thanks Kat!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Can I just ask if the walk finishes in a different place to the start ie a long way from Arundel?

    1 · April 20, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Oh dear-Was going to drive to meet up in Arundel so my car will be there..didn't realise-am really sorry but don't think Ill be able to come after all in that case.Hope I wiil be able to make another event.

      April 20, 2013

    • Curious Kat

      Hi Elizabeth, you could always take the train back to Arundel from Amberley. I'm not sure how often they run, so you would have to check the options.

      April 20, 2013

  • Curious Kat

    Hi guys, please see this page if you can no longer attend the walk: http://www.adventureclub.biz/pa...­

    April 18, 2013

    • Curious Kat

      Hey Natasha, don't worry, I wouldn't cancel just because of the rain. We wouldn't get to do much in UK at all if we let the weather have its way. :) Please make sure you have your waterproofs though! :)

      1 · April 20, 2013

    • Curious Kat

      I have also checked the weather now, and the forecast is lovely! No rain at all. Still best to have the waterproofs with us, just in case, but hopefully we will not need them at all. :)

      April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry!

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first walk! So excited! I can't wait! Hopefully the weather will be good! By the way, do I have to wear hiking shoes, or trainers would do? Thanks. :-)

    April 12, 2013

    • Curious Kat

      Hi Beatris, hiking shoes would be advisable - it can be muddy in the countryside. Also the trainers don't give your ankles proper support and injuries may be an issue when undertaking such a long walk.

      April 18, 2013

  • Jess

    Hi all,

    I really wanted to go on this trip so bought Marcia's ticket from her when I saw her message.

    I neglected to check my diary though and have realised that its going to be hard for me to get to Clapham for 9.45 this Sun.

    If anyone would like the ticket please contact me [masked] and we can arrange payment. thanks,

    Jess.

    April 17, 2013

    • David Beck

      Hi Jess, I will buy your ticket assuming that I can get the ticket from Euginie also. I will email you both. Thanks, David.

      April 17, 2013

    • David Beck

      place now taken.

      April 17, 2013

  • Yoko

    Hi Sue - I'm sorry for your loss. May I take the spot if no one else has come forward before me? I'll PM you.

    April 14, 2013

    • Yoko

      @Kat-I've bought Sue's place so I'll turn up instead of Sue this Sunday ;)

      April 16, 2013

  • Marcia Delazaro

    Hello, I hurt my ankle snowboarding and still not completly recover so my GP advice was to not do this walking...:(.
    Anyone interested in taking my place? Please email me [masked]

    April 16, 2013

  • Victoria

    Fantastic! I am really interested to go! Hopefully my legs will hold up!

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to my first walk!

    March 10, 2013

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