In light of the recent snowy spell, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to get your boots on and head down to the woods today. But thankfully, the bluebells of spring are just around the corner and we know of plenty of walking routes that come with stunning views and a country pub to boot. It’s time to get back out there.
In the Horsham area, we are blessed with some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. The district is on the doorstep of an accredited Nation Park, the South Downs, which stretches from here to the coast.
The South Downs
One of the best places to witness the South Downs in all their glory is from Midhurst. At the top of nearby Cocking Hill on the A268 you will find a car park on the right hand side – the start of a seven-mile walk during which the views are spectacular and (in many parts) panoramic.
If you’d prefer something a bit shorter but equally as picturesque, head to Arundel where a walk along the River Arun awaits. Find Monarchs Way and amble along the waterside to Houghton Bridge. On the map you’ll see an easy detour to Amberley, if you fancy meandering round a chocolate-box village with thatched cottages and quaint streets. Back at Houghton Bridge, there are two options for your return trip. There’s a five-minute train ride back to Arundel or you can cross the bridge then walk back on the other bank for the four-mile walk, with the views of the castle as your guide.
Finally is a very rural option around Ebernoe Common. Begin at Balls Cross and head north into the common. Set within a natural reserve and a registered ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, this walk benefits from ancient woodland including huge oak and beech trees. The low walls of the church add to the charm as you walk through and prevent the rabbits eating away at the wild flowers. There are plenty of plants, animals (including 14 species of native bats) and adjoining farmland with wild meadows as far as the eye can see.