The Sussex Border Path
The blue trail in the map below is the first seven stages of the Sussex Border Path in the Joined Up Hiking version, including the links to and from railway stations.
At the bottom left is the circuit we did of Thorney Island in section 1, and at the right-hand end is Gatwick airport. We might possibly get this far by the end of the year if we continue into the late Autumn / early Winter. There are at least another five stages continuing Eastwards after that.
Section 3 – 14 miles
We crossed the South Downs in section 2 but we’re still in the scenic landscape of the South Downs National Park for the whole of today’s walk, which is divided evenly into two segments of seven miles each, with a welcome pub stop for lunch at the highest point of 500 feet.
© Copyright Chris Gunns http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1131869
The first half is mostly open country, getting back to the Border Path from Petersfield, climbing steadily later and entering the wooded wilderness of Durford Heath. The route after lunch drops down again and passes alongside or through a number of wooded areas on rolling terrain, until we get to Liphook and turn off for the station.
You can either order lunch in the pub or eat your packed lunch somewhere nearby.
We will walk at our usual medium fast pace, with the occasional short stop to regroup and look around.
© Copyright Nigel Chadwick http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2713219
There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:45 and 9:10 a.m. at Waterloo Station, by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.
Buy Ticket: Off-Peak Return to Petersfield. The price is £24.60 for 1 adult, down to £12.30 each in a group of 4. If anyone at Waterloo fails to get in a group of 3 or 4 and has to pay the full price the organizer will subsidize the ticket by £5 from fees collected.
Outward Travel: 9:30 a.m. train from Waterloo platform 12 to Petersfield platform 2. Arrive at 10:32.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:35 to 10:45 a.m. at Petersfield Station.
Part 1: 7 miles. Maximum 2 hours 45 minutes.
Lunch: Pub stop or picnic nearby. Leave by 14:45.
Part 2: 7 miles. Maximum 2 hours 50 minutes.
End of Hike: Arrive at Liphook Station by 17:40.
Post-Hike Refreshment: There are no pubs on the way to the station but there are one or two a bit further on in the centre of Liphook.
Return Travel: 17:55 train from platform 1 to Waterloo. Journey time 56 minutes.
The next train after that is 18:09 and then it's hourly thereafter. Journey time 1hr 4 to 1hr 12 minutes.