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Sussex Hospice Trail - a 200 mile route connecting 12 hospice areas The Sussex Hospices Trail consists of 26 mapped walks which have been created across the length and breadth of the county, covering a total of more than 200 miles of coast and countryside. The trail runs from Chichester in the west to St Leonards in the east, and reaches as far north as Horsham with coastal stages that include Worthing, Brighton and Hove and Eastbourne. Here you will find a list of the guides that contain full text directions with a map showing the route. Photographs, points of interest and background details of sites along the way are also given. The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex. Friends of Sussex Hospices is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. It raises funds, through a variety of activities, to support the running costs of all twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex Find out more at https://www.hospicestrail.co.uk/

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 18, 2020
WalkingGreat!

My 4th time over this route, and all the better for the cooler October weather as I climbed out of Southease. It was dry & sunny most of the way, and the views were even more spectacular than normal - with pools of light dancing of the sea near Newhaven. Worth taking binoculars- mainly to examine the views - although there are Red Leg Partridge, Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Kestrel, Buzzard, sizeable Starling flocks, Pheasant, Meadow Pipit & Skylark along the way. Alfriston all makes me feel good - and today it was mild enough to have a snack on the bench near the deli. Worth noting there are no buses here on Sundays. Muggins had to head back the way he’d come after completing this stage of the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 17, 2020
Walking

My first observation is that after recording this on Strava the true distance is over 12 miles. The first stage to Rottingdean was done at night in pouring rain, the latter part to Southease was earlier today with some sunshine. Fascinating to come across a massive Moto-Cross event just short of Southease. Noisy, but quite a spectacle. I used the train for £2.90 to get to Newhaven, and the 12A for my return to the car.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2020
Hiking

Scenic route running adjacent to the South Downs Way on the way out & returning on the South Downs Way route.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 10, 2020
Walking

Surprisingly pleasant. Walked 10/10/20 on a dry blustery afternoon. Some of the back streets were new to me, and I enjoyed looking at ships in the Shoreham harbour/port.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 9, 2020
Walking

Walked this on Wednesday night after work, nice to watch the kite surfers and see the new Covid 19 inspired portraits near the pier. Super Burger & coffee in Worthing as the darkness descended. Latter part of the walk to Shoreham was interesting- especially looking out to the Rampion Wind Farm which lights up at night. Discovered a new path on this route before Shoreham footbridge & was at Shoreham station after 2 hours 30 minutes walking. Nice to cover familiar ground in the dark & gain a new perspective on the area.

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I chose one of the wettest days to tackle this walk - 4/10/20. Got muddled by trains departing from Goring, so a slow start & ended up using a taxi from. Ford to Arundel station. Nice to walk beside a very swollen Arun & then the trail heads off on tracks I’m familiar with on my bike. A few pheasants on the Angmering Estate- and thankful fir the trees to shield me from wind & rain. Pleased to see House Martins still present near Patching, and a lovely Green Woodpecker just west of Clapham. Plenty of muddy puddles- could just about see the coast from the National Trust fort above Goring. Some new ground to me as the route skirted to the north east of Goring, and back to Goring Station & my car at 6:45pm. Worth noting the mid-way excursion to the A27 looks like it is not part of the official walk ( the signs point east). Presumably the trail shown was “off piste” to allow for a pub lunch or meeting with others? Walk would score higher on a sunny day with better views. Took me 3 hours 10 minutes.

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Too many roads and very repetitive. Not very good views either; it was a bit disappointing.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 2, 2020

There were lots of roads at the start of the walk but the woods were very pretty. It wasn't anything special

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
Walking

Amazing scenery hitting the seven sisters and there were enough toilet stops. Lots of hills but also lots of flats as well. I’d say it was a moderate to hard level walk. We did brighton to Eastbourne so that was 37km. It’s a slight difference to the actual route this covers but there wasn’t one that matched it exactly lol

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 23, 2020
Walking
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Delightful start to the walk on stretches north of Hayward’s Heath I’ve not seen previously. I have to admit we lost our way once we reached the Golf Course, which was ironic as the path was rather interesting with several other walkers. Once we had retraced our steps we soon made it to Ardingly Reservoir. Nice that we could get a coffee and ice cream, but I’ve been to reservoir shop previously- and the staff are not very interested in customer care. Toilet closed - COVID Cop Out? Just as we started walking around the reservoir the heavens opened - but it was so warm this only made it more enjoyable! We liked the end section & watched a toddler jumping in puddles. The Station is rather quaint & we got to ride over the famous viaduct. A good enough walk to sucker me in on an attempt to do the entire trail. Completed walk 16/08/20

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 23, 2020
Walking

Walked this in an afternoon with my wife on 30/8/20. Full of surprises, from beautiful country houses to majestic views across terrain that’s well away from major roads. It was overcast most of the way, ABD the best bird seen/heard was a cronking Raven. Happy to buy snacks in Handcross (but the pub coffee was awful). Highlight of the walk was coming across the Heather on the Manning’s Heath end nearing Horsham.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 23, 2020
Walking

Quite a surprising walk for me as I’ve worked in Horsham for 5 years and not seen half of the places which were en route. I walked this stage of the Sussex HospiceTrail on a hot Saturday afternoon 5/09/20. Nice to nibble juicy blackberries near Christ’s Hospital - spotted a military style helicopter next to a paddock at one point - and glad to grab a fizzy drink at Sumner Pond campsite. Surprisingly little bird life along the route.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 23, 2020
Walking

Walked this with my wife 6/09/20. A fair bit of traffic noise spoiled the enjoyment at the beginning. Although it was nice to see Billingshurst at 3mph. Once we got onto the Wey/Arun stretch things improved. If you’re eating sandwiches there are good stopping points where the canal has been restored. Friendly Station Master in Pulborough Station, and last coffees served at the Corn Store beside the river at 4:30....we arrived just before closing. Nice to see people on paddle boards & canoes (albeit slightly beyond the official end of this stage).

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 23, 2020
Walking

A enjoyable walk. The first half was a mix of woodland and open trail. The second half after the Earl of March Inn was pretty much strait lines along the Centurion Trail ( former railway line) and straight lines of open farm land. A couple of lovely villages before Chichester.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
Walking
First to Review

Walked 12/09/20 with my wife. Glorious sunshine - liked watching the canoes & paddle boards on the Arun. Greatham Bridge looked superb, and was our chosen picnic break. Even after days of sunshine the next bit beyond the bridge had a few boggy patches before we reached Amberley. Loved the village & liked seeing the Museum Quarry when we’d climbed the steep hill & then peered over the wall. Probably best to start early & squeeze in a museum visit as well - but we didn’t allow enough time.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
Walking
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Walked on a hot Sunday 13/09/20. Enjoyed walking through Houghton, glad to get a drink at the cafe beside the roundabout. 100 + bikes to admire whilst getting our breathe back. Tedious gradual climb through the woods which eventually breaks out into the open with fine expansive views to the South. It took a few miles for us to realise the hump in the field heading SW is actually a Roman Road. Dead chuffed to see it in such good nick 2000 years on! Popped up the hill to admire the windmill & then back on track to Halnaker.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
First to Review

Best to park outside the Village Hall south of Halnaker crossroads. Walk started well with 2 Red Legged Partridges fairly close by before I got out of the village. Saturday 19/09/20 was pretty hot by mid-day, but the climb up to Goodwood Race Course is pretty gentle. I spotted one Red Kite, and watched one of the local Spitfires fly over. Surprised to see Goodwood members gathering to watch The Le Mans 24 Hours on the big screen opposite the race course stadium. A few hundred yards further on I sat on a bench looking across the race track, Chichester Harbour & through the mist I could just spot the Isle of Wight. Using my binoculars I watched classic cars touring around the race circuit, and then made haste down the white chalky “green lane” which leads to East Lavant. Fascinating to see a LandRover

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
Hiking

HIt starts well - I particularly liked starting from the bridge over the railway lines in Chichester. I’ve cycled and walked in this area before & never seen the canal which was a nice surprise- made all the better by the sight of canoes & paddle boards gently gliding along. Then I’m afraid it starts to get rather dull - my first sighting of a 100 metre tunnel of strawberries was fascinating- but that’s pretty much all you see for the next 3 miles (seemed like more). If I’d started the trail here (rather than near my home) I may have given the Sussex Hospice Traila miss

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
Hiking

The perfect antidote to a day stuck indoors working. So many interesting things to see on this short route, even though I was using a torch towards the end. I’ve only ever wandered around Arundel in daylight previously, but it looks even more magnificent by streetlight with deserted streets. Mid-way through the walk I got very close to a small deer, would really recommend this to anyone looking for a varied short walk. Return trains run every half hour & it cost £3.70 for a single ticket.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
Hiking

Stunning scenery. Some high stiles and narrow paths so not for the less able bodied.

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Nice walk in the woods! We decided not to go all the way down but make it as a loop back to Arundel

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Hiking
First to Review

Just Brilliant

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 29, 2020
Walking

don't follow the directions at the beginning of the walk but turn left at the canal just past the station you really don't want to go traipsing through the industrial park at the start of the walk. the walk was interesting in as much as if followed the path of the original canal but we did find during the last half there was a long stretch through market gardening fields which was a bit tedious.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 23, 2020
Hiking

Really lovely walk and very good for dogs. Idyllic and peaceful countryside. Some walking on roads with no pavement at Crowhurst.

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Off trailRocky
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wow I loved it unfortunately I forgot my water and ended up looking like a decapitated testicle by the end. I would rather give a whale a hand job than do this again and most of the people who walk this are either dog walkers or half naked old people and their boobs (Male and female) look like me after this walk with no water. Either way 5 stars because I'm actually into that stuff (p.s. email me if you give whales hand jobs)

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 23, 2020
HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownPrivate property
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