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Hike The Arun River Valley!

  • Sep 15, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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Alright then let's have a go at this one again! Last time we tried it the river was in flood so it wasn't really going to happen without the aid of Scuba gear. Fortunately the surrounding area is full of gorgeous hiking so there is an alternate route in the South Downs should the river be in flood (Last time I actually think it was spring tide for those of you who did come along, however it's unlikely, this is a well worn route.)

It's an amazing stretch along the banks of the river Arun winding through the legendary Arun valley, with magnificent views. This scenic hike runs between two rural villages. It passes 2 historic Sussex settlements; and the designated fairtrade town of Arundel, then passes Amberley Wild Brooks country park site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The valley of Arun has a unique habitat rich in wildlife and biodiversity. The valley features undisturbed wet grassland surrounded by woodlands. Some of the species who call Arun valley home are kingfishers, warblers, dragonflies, glow-worms, grass snakes, water shrews and water voles. We will walk through the wildfowl reserve which is home to several unusual species such as the blue duck, and the world’s rarest goose, the nene.

More beautiful scenery is very hard to find and this gentle and serene natural environment provides an exhilarating sense of space and isolation which can only be described as epic.

(The pubs are not bad either).

This is a semi new route so although we will obviously have all the maps compass etc, we will be working it out as we go along, so you need to be up for exploring! :D.

Meet Time 1: 11:00am

Meeting Point 1: London Victoria Overland station, At the bench inside the station next to the "Iron Duke" Pub. This is behind the information stand at the platform 2-7 end of the station. If you don't know Victoria well, it's a very big station, leave a spare 10 minutes to find the meeting point.

Meeting Point 2:

Amberley Station 13.15. No waiting ;)

Distance: 7.4miles

Walking Time: 3.20- 3.5 hrs

Difficulty: 7/10, moderate. This is a gentle landscape and has a relatively flat terrain. However, you do need to be in good physical fitness to join this hike.

Returning to: London Victoria
How to find us: My Pic, my phone number 07722 559245. I will be wearing a Green High Vis at the Meeting Point

Meetup Cost : £5.00 Bring the right change with you.

The Train fare is £25.60 we will group into as many possible groups of 4 or 3 on arrival and then 4 or 3 people can travel for the price of 2.

You will need to return back with the group to use this group travel discount.

Things to bring:
WATER!- at least 1 litre

Sandwiches. I do not know if there are shops or places that serve food for lunch, if we see a good pub we will have a lunch break. There will be a pub at the end.
Money for pub
Wear warm clothes, hiking boots, and water proofs, or the nearest thing you have.

Important:Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!


Please be aware these hikes often go to waiting list, if therefore you have a place and don't attend it's stopping someone else coming out on a hike. Therefore if you don't change your RSVP at least 12 hours before the hike and you no show you'll be deleted from the group. Schimples! :)

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  • seyran u.

    Beautiful weather, wonderful hike, friendly group...

    September 17, 2012

  • Philip

    Great location.

    September 16, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    Next time Leticia and Jerome, thanks to evryone else who understands the verocity of the mongoose. Can't wait for tomorrow - it's gonna be rocking!

    September 15, 2012

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