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Beginners Hike - The Rivers, Castles, Valleys, Hills & Lakes of Sussex 9 miles

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Price: £28.00 /per person

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Hike designed for beginners!

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 hike at a delightful little pub on the banks of the river Arun for that irresistible sneaky river side pint to satisfy the Outdoor Alcoholics.

Trip Highlights:

• Hike the chalk hills with breathtaking views to the distant sea

• Explore the landscaped Arundel Park with its woodland, Swanbourne lake, meadows and the Gothic Hiorne Tower

• Superb views of the 12th century Arundel Castle

• Follow the river Arun on a picturesque trail towards Arundel Castle

• Visit the Roman Catholic Arundel Cathedral (French Gothic style)

• Riverside pub visit

• Visit the well preserved Sussex ancient market town of Arundel

Photos - All photos were taken by the hike leader on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking.

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Hike 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 its Gothic and enchanting castle dominating and looming over the town to finish our hike 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 hike pub stop, we'll have our usual refreshments in Arundel before making our way back to London. We'll pop up to hike 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 London Victoria station at 9:00am and leave our meeting point at 9:15am for the 9:36am train.

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Nero Express (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: .

Planned return time to London of 6:40pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then).


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

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 9 miles (14.5 kms)
Grading: Beginner >click here for details (<
Rating: 4/10 - A couple of hills, but gentler and shorter than our usual hikes.
Ascent: 260m
Hiking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual hiking

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version (<):


The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event.

What to Bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots) >click here<. Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended

• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike

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

Safety and Terms and Conditions

This hike is led by a trained hike leader (most of our guides are Mountain Leader ( and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. A First Aid kit is carried and the hike is well known to the hike leader.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page ( and email us with your Pay Pal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”.

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