The Rivers, Castles, Valleys, Hills and Lakes of Sussex 9 miles (14.5km) DAY

  • January 11, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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# £20 including train tickets from London Victoria #

 

Woodland, attractive towns, castles, river trails and chalk hills. This hike has a bit of nearly everything! We're off to historic Arundel in Sussex and breaking with tradition we'll also have a brief stop mid walk at a delightful little pub on the banks of the river Arun for that irresistible sneaky river side pint to satisfy the Outdoor Alcoholics!

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Pace: Moderate (not slow, but gentler than our usual brisk walks)
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 (gentler than our usual hikes, 2 main hills)


Trip highlights:

Hike the chalk hills with breathtaking views to the sea

Explore the landscaped Arundel Park with it's woodland, Swanbourne lake, meadows and the gothic Hiorne Tower

Follow the river Arun on a picturesque trail towards Arundel Castle

Visit the Roman Catholic Arundel Cathedral

Visit the well preserved Sussex market town of Arundel







 














 

 

Walk Description

A delightful mix of scenery with a good stretch along the river Arun, a visit to the woods and hills of Arundel Park and the striking and extravagant castellated Hiorne tower. We'll then venture into Arundel with it's gothic and enchanting castledominating and looming over the town to finish our walk by finding the mighty Arundel Cathedral. We'll get some far off and ever nearing views of the castle as we follow the meandering and lazy river Arun. As well as the quick mid walk pub stop we'll have our usual refreshments in Arundel before making our way back to London. We'll pop up to walk past Arundel Cathedral but sadly can't get into the grounds or very close to Arundel Castle as admission is charged

With just under 2500 inhabitants Arundel is a small town, but has been home to the very rich and powerful Dukes of Norfolk for over 400 years. The original Mott and Bailey castle was built on the site in 1067 by the Normans after their invasion of Britain in 1066 and has since been rebuilt and expanded to provide the grand modern day stately home. The castle is still inhabited by the Dukes of Norfolk with the 18th Duke residing there currently. Hiorne Tower was built in Arundel Park in 1787 as an extravagant folly for the Duke of Norfolk and has a commanding position high on the hills and is quite enchanting and captivating.



 

 

 

 

 



Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 9:10am and leave our meeting point at 9:20 prompt for the 9:32 train.

Planned return time to London of 6:44pm (we wont be back before so please consider yourself committed for the day until then)

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29).

Click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/LCf81

 

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub both during and after the walk where we can get drinks.

 

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 - A couple of hills, but gentler and shorter than our usual hikes.
Walking time: About 3.5/4 hours of actual walking
Pace: Moderate (not slow, but gentler than our usual brisk walks)

 

Cost

The walk will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.

 

What to Bring

Suitable walking clothes & footwear (tracks can be muddy) - >click here for more info<

Water (at least 1 litre)

Packed lunch/picnic

Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a great day hiking :-)

 

Safety

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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  • Laura

    Spoiled for light on Saturday, some great photographs-and great day out :)

    January 13, 2014

  • Graham

    I got chatting to a local on the route - the worst flooding in 30 years! Where there were fields, we saw lakes. Great hike, great weather and great people. A really enjoyable day out, thank you for choosing to join us on this hike everyone!

    January 13, 2014

  • PK Del M.

    Nice to have met you all, great day of Hiking a lot of fun, I have uploaded Photos for you all to enjoy Have a wonderful upcoming week, www.pkdelmar.com

    January 13, 2014

  • Malini S.

    I had a lovely time.

    January 12, 2014

  • Zahra A.

    Loved it.

    January 11, 2014

  • Deborah C.

    Lovely introduction to this hiking group. great weather, well-organised and lovely people. looking forward to the next one.

    1 · January 11, 2014

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