Walk no: 3
Length: 11 miles
An 11 mile linear walk from Arundel rail station to Goring-by-Sea rail station in West Sussex, forming the third stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes in a short stretch of the River Arun before joining long peaceful bridleways through the woodlands of the Angmering Estate, visiting Chestnut Tree House along the way. From here it is on through more woodland, through the pretty village of Patching and then up to an old Iron Age hill fort with breathtaking views. Finally the route leads you past St Barnabas House and on through Goring-by-Sea to reach the rail station. You will enjoy elegant beech woodlands, a pretty village with charming flint cottages and panoramic views across the sea. The return leg can be completed with two train journeys or one bus journey, each taking about an hour.
The walking route from Arundel to Goring-by-Sea has gentle slopes throughout, plus just a couple of steeper gradients. The paths are firm and wide for the most part, but the unmade woodland bridleways can get very muddy at times and a couple of the narrow paths can get overgrown with nettles. There are a few road crossings that need care and the route also includes an unsignalled rail crossing, so take particular care here to listen and look for trains before you cross. You will need to negotiate some steps, kissing gates and 5 stiles. All but one of the stiles will be easy for dogs to pass through and the one in question can be avoided quite easily. A couple of the fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs. Toilets are available at Arundel rail station at the start of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments there is a pub, The Worlds End, at about the 7 mile mark and there are several shops near Goring-by-Sea station at the end of the walk. Allow 5.5 hours.
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