Riverside Walk launches new map and leaflet ahead of popular charity trek

Horsham Riverside Walk 25/7/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150727-075111008
Horsham Riverside Walk 25/7/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150727-075111008

A new map and information leaflet about a popular rural walk in Horsham has been published ahead of the third annual charity trek this summer.

The map of the Riverside Walk includes further information on the sights and history of some of the places on the 13-mile circular route, which encircles the town.

Part of the new Riverside Walk map, featuring the key

Part of the new Riverside Walk map, featuring the key

A new feature on the leaflet shows the location of walking surfaces which can be suitable for cycling and wheelchairs and those which could be muddy.

To help encourage full use of the pathway, the organisers have provided six interpretation boards showing the route and explaining some of the features to be seen near that point.

Seats have been installed at various locations, some with a hard surface alongside suitable for a wheelchair or buggy.

A grant from the County Local Committee provided the majority of the funding for the map and two more interpretation boards on the route.

Maps can be picked up at Horsham Museum, local libraries and other public places. It can also be seen on the Horsham Town Community Partnership (HTCP) website.

Jane Apostolou, chair of organisers, said: “We are very pleased to produce this map in time for spring weather and more walkers enjoying the path.”

The third annual Riverside Walk takes place this year on Saturday July 16.

The route leaves from the rugby club in Hammerpond Road at 10am and will be taken anti-clockwise this year. There is no entry fee.

Leaving the Rugby Club in Hammerpond Road at 10am, walkers pass through woodland beside the Horn Brook and will reach the first refreshment stop, the popular New House Farm café, four miles later.

The whole route doesn’t have to be completed in one day as it can be joined or left at a number of points along its length, to suit individual abilities.

On the day, a free minibus will be on hand to return walkers from several points to the start if they need to finish early.

The new map, combined with good signage, the short distances between refreshment stops and the easy walking terrain meets an aim of HTCP - making the walk more accessible.

Support for the event has been provided by the three Horsham Neighbourhood Councils, Denne, Forest and Trafalgar together with North Horsham Parish Council.

This year, the walk is helping to raise awareness of dementia and supporting the Alzheimer’s Society. Everyone taking part is encouraged to raise money for that charity by sponsorship.

Forms and other details can be obtained from the Alzheimer’s Society by contacting their fundraiser, Hannah Miller, by phone (01403 213012) or email hannah.miller@alzheimers.org.uk

Sponsorship of taking part in the event is not compulsory, but anyone wishing to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society or any other cause is welcome do so.

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