West Sussex weekly walks

The latest walks across the county

Discovering Sussex (Inquiries 01903 813381/01903-246339)

Sunday September 29, 10am: Meet at Church Hill car park on the B2188, 2 miles north of the junction with the B2026 at Kings Standing car park on Ashdown Forest (TQ 495326). The Gummidges of Groombridge. On the north-east edge of Ashdown Forest we venture into the strange world of Worzel Gummidge in the remote community of Motts Mill and meet up with some of the imaginative creations entering the annual scarecrow competition. We return to the real world via Buckhurst Park and Withyham village. 8½ miles. The route gets a bit hilly. Pub en-route or at the finish. Please bring a picnic lunch. Dogs welcome on a lead. Leaders: Terry Owen and Peter Anderson, Per-Rambulations.

Ramblers’ Association Mid-Sussex Group (Inquiries 01273 833556)

Saturday September 28, 2.30pm: Meet at Hurstpierpoint, Trinity Road car park GR 122/TQ 281165 (postcode BN6 9SJ). (Parking in any short stay car park in Hurstpierpoint is limited to two hours between 8am and 4pm on Saturdays and requires a MSDC parking disc available for £1 from: Parish Council Office, Library, Trinity road, Post Office, 80 High Street, Charity Shop Village Green, Co-op, 93 High Street.) Hurstpierpoint Circular walk to the South. Festival Walk 3 of 3. Wanbarrow Farm – Locks Green Cottages – Newtimber Church – Wolstonbury Hill – Ashen Plantation – Danny – car park. 6 miles (approx 3 hours). Leader: Brian J.

Sunday September 29, 10am: Meet at Henfield Library car park, GR 122/TQ 214161. East of Henfield walk. Blackstone – Wick Farm – Woodmancote – Henfield Common. Optional refreshments at a local hostelry after the walk. 5 miles. Leader John C, 01444 483860, mobile on the day 07817 032135.

Tuesday October 1, 10.30am: Meet at Glynde Village car park (recreation ground) GR 122/TQ 457808. (Train from HH 09.35 change Lewes arrives Glynde 10.14. Return trains at 23 minutes past each hour.) The Quarry Trail. Mount Caburn – Oxteddle Bottom – Martyr’s Memorial – Malling Down (picnic) Saxon Cross – Glynde Place – Glynde. 300 metres total ascent but worth it. 7½ miles. Please bring a picnic lunch. Leader: John C, 01444 483860, mobile on the day 07817 032135.

Ramblers’ Association Arun-Adur Group (Inquiries 01903 695865)

Saturday September 28, 11am: Meet at the pay and display car park, Bosham, approximately £3.50 via harbour, open fields, Fishbourne (toilets at Bosham and Fishbourne Palace). OS Map 120 SU 806040. 6½ miles, Grade 1.

Sunday September 29, 10.30am: Meet at Cissbury car park, Findon Valley, Worthing via Chanctonbury, Pest House, Findon. OS Map 121 TQ 128076. 8 miles, Grade 2.

Ashington Ramblers (Inquiries 01903 892998)

Meet at 10am Red Lion, Ashington on the second Monday of every month. For further information please ring the inquiry number above.

Sussex Pathfinders Rambling Club (Inquiries 0870 777 2307)

Saturday September 28, 2pm: Meet in the National Trust car park in Park Lane, Slindon. Walk via Park Pale, Nore Hill and Folly, Slindon village. Steady climb on outward route. 5½ mile Downland walk. No dogs please. Explorer Map ref: 121/SU 960077.

Sunday September 29, 10.30am: Meet in the Friends car park, in the Ashdown Forest near Nutley Windmill. (The car park is on Crowborough Road, halfway between A22 and B2026. Alternative parking in Stonehill car park on opposite side of the road. Nearby postcode is TN22 3HY and is centred about ½ mile to the west of the car park.) Walk via Great Birch Wood, Marshall’s Manor, Fletching (L), Sheffield Mill Farm, Hollybush Wood. 11 miles heath, woods and fields, some climbs. No dogs please. Explorer Map ref: 135/TQ 456289.

Horsham District Council Health Walks (Inquiries 01403 215269)

Thursday September 26, 10am: Meet at West Chiltington Village Hall car park, Mill Road RH20 2PZ (TQ 083179). 4-5 mile circular, sociable, free HDC Health Walk. Stiles and moderate slopes. No dogs. 2 hours. Sue 01403 255710.

Sunday September 29, 10am: Meet at Kithurst Hill car park (off Amberley to Storrington road, TQ 070125). 7½ mile hilly, circular, free HDC Health Walk for the more ambitious. Dogs allowed on a lead. 3 hours. Mick 01903 745971.