Join me for this 16-mile amble through the Sussex Weald. Starting and finishing at Billingshurst railway station. This is a gently undulating walk over fields and along woodland paths, and includes a picturesque stretch of the restored Wey and Arun canal. We shall stop for a lunch break at the Onslow Arms in Loxwood (bring a picnic lunch if you prefer), followed later by a refreshing cuppa in Wisborough Green. We shall then return to Billingshurst and, for those who fancy it, a well-earned pint at the Station Inn. There are a few stiles to negotiate, but apart from these and the distance involved, this walk is not especially challenging. We shall be walking for about 5.5 hours. Allowing for breaks, we are unlikely to finish before 6.30pm so be prepared for a long day.
Trains for Billingshurst depart from Victoria station. You should aim to catch, or join, the 0902 Bognor Regis service. If you can arrange to travel with at least two others, you can take advantage of the group save ticket, which entitles groups of three –nine people travelling together a third off the normal ticket price. The suggested meeting point at Victoria is between the Café Nero closest to platforms 10+ and the ticket office. You should aim to arrive at around 0830am in order to meet your fellow travellers and purchase tickets.
If you are planning to drive, please allow plenty of time for the journey. Being a Saturday, parking is unrestricted on either the Daux Road industrial estate (parallel with the railway line, immediately South of the station), or on the smaller, Eagle Industrial Estate just North of the station in Brookers Road (Post code RH14 9RZ).
The usual £2 per person collection for the WiSy website will be collected during the lunch break.
I shall provide an updated weather forecast and contact details towards the end of next week.