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

  • May 31, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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# £24 including return 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 both with rests at the top)


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

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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 castle dominating 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).

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


Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Rating: 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)



The walk will be £24.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria. There is an "early bird" price of £22 if booked before 18th May


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 :-)



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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  • Grace

    A relaxed day out with an eclectic and fun group.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Graham

    Wonderful weather for our easiest and most gentle paced hike. Great to see so many new faces and thanks for coming everyone. I've put the photos up on Facebook where you can tag yourself etc:

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Jane

    Really enjoyed the walk today.

    May 31, 2014

  • Jane

    Really enjoyed the walk and company today.

    May 31, 2014

  • Ying H.

    So nice to meet everyone today!

    May 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice place, lovely people, a very pleasant day.

    2 · May 31, 2014

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