Billingshurst Circular

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.

Train Users:

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.

Drivers:

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.

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  • Rosemary

    Really enjoyed the walk John, despite the mud! You are an excellent host and I look forward to the next walk. Rosemary

    1 · June 2, 2014

  • John C.

    Thanks to you all for your company on Saturday and for your kind comments about the walk. I am pleased you enjoyed it. So far as I have been able to calculate, my estimate of 16-17 miles was not far out. Those of you tried to avoid the mud at the beginning of the walk, went a little further. If you add on the extra yards/metres that resulted from my senior moments (apologies for those), some of you may have done nearer 18 miles. Well done to everyone for completing the course. I shall try to find a less muddy route for our next outing.

    June 2, 2014

  • Louisa

    A long way and lots of mud, yes, but just as billed. That was an enjoyable walk, with a lovely crowd and good rest stops too.

    June 1, 2014

  • John C.

    Long way and lots of mud, which slowed us down. However, a good day for walking.

    June 1, 2014

  • Judy

    Thanks very much John for a great walk and lovely group too :))

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Anthony

    Thanks for another fantastic walk John. All your hard work is very much appreciated.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Debbie

    Thanks for another excellent walk John. Lovely and scenic, good distance and pace, nice group. Even the weather behaved itself! I brought home half the county on my boots though …. must make sure to bring it back next time :-)

    May 31, 2014

  • Jules

    Thank you for a really enjoyable, great walk today John!

    May 31, 2014

  • Mark G.

    Sorry John, I mentioned my knees probably not being up to the distance so will give this one a miss so I don't hold everyone up.

    May 30, 2014

    • Kevin P.

      Come on the Richmond six miler tomorrow

      May 31, 2014

  • Judy

    Hi John, I shall meet you at the train station in Billingshurst.

    May 30, 2014

    • Anna

      Me too. I will also meet you all at Billingshurst.

      May 30, 2014

  • John C.

    Hi everyone.
    I am looking forward to tomorrow, which will be dry. The best of the sunshine will be in the morning, but it may become cloudy during the afternoon. Nevertheless, it will be very mild with a maximum temperature of around 18 degrees and a light breeze.

    I did part of the walk yesterday and the wooded areas remain wet in places. You should therefore wear waterproof boots and gaiters, and bring dry socks and a change of footwear for the journey home.

    My contact number for tomorrow is 07964 796109. Don’t forget: it is a 10.30 start. Please be punctual. If you miss the train, or you experience a delay to your journey by road, call me. If the delay is likely to be less than 15 minutes, I should be able to wait for you. I should appreciate a telephone call if you need to cancel at the last minute. Should you know this evening that you cannot attend, please change your RSVP.

    May 30, 2014

  • John C.

    Thanks for letting me know. Mark. Sorry you are having problems with you knees. I wish you a speedy recovery. If you have no objections, I shall add you to my healing list.
    Hope to see you on another walk in the near future

    May 30, 2014

  • Anthony

    I will be driving from the Guildford area, if anyone would like a lift.

    May 29, 2014

    • Jules

      Hi Anthony, I'm in Ifold. Is it possible to pick me up on your drive down in exchange for a pint?

      May 30, 2014

    • Anthony

      Of Course Jules, sounds like a deal I cant refuse. If you could email your address and will see you around[masked]

      May 30, 2014

  • Rosemary

    Anyone from the Walton/Weybridge area planning to do this walk and would be willing to share a lift/petrol costs? Rosemary

    May 28, 2014

    • Debbie

      Hi Rosemary, I'm driving from Richmond so can pick you up en route?

      May 28, 2014

    • Rosemary

      Thanks Debbie, much appreciated. I have sent you an email via the meetup site with more details, so let me know where en route is best for you? Rosemary

      May 29, 2014

  • John C.

    Thanks Jackie. I shall probably do this walk again in July. Hopefully it will be bone dry by then. with that in mind, keep in touch with the group, because they come up with some interesting walks.

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi John
    I was very much looking forward to this walk and it would have been my first outing with this group. However, I have to admit to being a fairweather walker and even if it is dry on saturday I do not have the appropriate gear to cope with wet and muddy terrain.
    I will therefore have to pull out of this event with regret but I will keep my eyes peeled for future events with yourselves.
    I hope you all have a lovely day.
    Jackie

    May 28, 2014

  • John C.

    Not to worry Keith. Thanks for letting me know. Catch you another time. June is all tied up, so probably sometime in July. Crikey! where has the year gone?

    May 28, 2014

  • Keith

    Sorry John, will now have to give this walk a miss ... was so looking forward to Saturday.

    May 28, 2014

  • John C.

    Hi everyone.
    According to the latest weather forecast, we should have a dry break in the weather at the end of the week. Cue for a song:
    ‘The sun will have its hat on; hip, hip, hip hooray. The sun will have its hat on for most of Saturday’

    That said, given the amount of rain that has fallen recently, you can expect plenty of puddles and mud. The mud, or Wealden clay, around Billingshurst is particularly sticky so you would do well to wear waterproof boots and gaiters. You would also do well to bring a change of footwear for your journey home.
    Since we shall be stopping at a pub and a tearoom on the walk, It is worth mentioning that inn-keepers and tearoom managers dislike walkers who bring mud into their establishments. Bear this in mind and either use plastic bags as temporary covers or remove your footwear before entering.
    A final weather forecast and my contact details will follow on Friday. Should you have any queries in the meantime, post them here.

    May 28, 2014

  • John C.

    Yes, we should. You will also meet some folk from another group as well. Just need to pray to the weather angel for a nice day. If not, bring your swimwear and soap on a rope!

    May 27, 2014

  • Keith

    Hi John, sounds a great walk, pub stops ... perfect! We should all know one another quite well after 16 miles!

    May 27, 2014

  • DeboraUK

    Thank you for accepting me!

    May 27, 2014

  • John C.

    Hi Zeravan,
    Thanks for letting us know. For your guidance, we have no regular meeting spots. Transportation will depend on the location of the walk. Some are accessible by train, others by road. You will find this information in each listing as it is posted. Car sharing is not uncommon. I hope this answers your query.
    John

    May 27, 2014

  • Zeravan

    Hey guys.... unfortunately i cannot attend that event... I have a question.. I am Near Surrey University which transportation i have to use it usually to reach the group Best

    May 26, 2014

  • Chris C

    Sorry, John - I have to cancel as I have an evening appointment which I will not be able to get to in time if I do the walk.

    May 25, 2014

  • Janet M.

    sorry unable to make this event

    May 22, 2014

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