Hi, I'm Georgina and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. We're heading to Arundel, my dad grew up there and it's the perfect place to get away from our hectic life in the city; a castle, the river and beautiful countryside, just a train ride from home, perfect. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex.
The full walk is 12 miles but if that sounds too much for you, there's an option to shorten it to 7.5 miles. The route has a few climbs and descents including a long climb over the South Downs ridge. Almost all the paths can be muddy and in the wetter months the South Downs are often thick with chalky clay, so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several sets of steps, kissing gates and 12 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds suitable for dogs to pass through). There are a couple of stretches along quiet roads and you will also need to cross the railway at an unsignalled crossing, so take particular care at these points. You will be sharing several of the meadows and fields with both cattle and sheep. Allow 6 hours for the walk plus extra time for the pit stops, so ideally you should allow the whole day.
The walk starts and finishes at Arundel Rail Station in West Sussex. You can catch the train direct from London Victoria. If you are coming by car, there is a pay and display car park at Arundel Station which costs £4.40 per day Mon-Sat or £2 on Sunday (correct Oct 2015). Approximate post code BN18 9PH.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius