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Petworth and Shimmings Valley is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Petworth, West Sussex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 534 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking River Wild flowers City walk Historic site
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Getting There

The walk gives an opportunity to explore the town, a haven for antique and art collectors, before heading out across the beautiful Shimmings Valley to reach the village of Byworth and returning to Petworth alongside the small meandering river. The views across the Shimmings Valley are stunning throughout the year. The walk has several steady but long gradients throughout and there are a couple of steeper short slopes that can be a little slippery after wet weather. There are several kissing gates throughout plus 6 stiles (a couple of the stiles are tall with mesh wire fencing across so dogs may need a lift over). Some of the fields are likely to be holding horses. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

Petworth town is located at the junction of the A272 (Heathfield to Winchester road) and the A283 (Milford to Shoreham-by-Sea road). The walk starts from the war memorial in front of St Mary's Church on Church Street in the centre of the village. Parking is available in the town car park or the National Trust Petworth House or Petworth Park car parks, all of which are just a short walk from the village centre. Approximate post code of start point GU28 0AE.

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Phil Stevenson
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Phil Stevenson
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Fiona T
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Enjoyable walk with stunning views across the valley. Couldn’t find the stile either.

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Terry T
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Very good directions and a varied shortish walk. Not too sure about walking in fields with a fair few horses so 1st time around decided against it. Today the horses were in a different field so got to enjoy the walk without any concern. The horse paddock mentioned before Byworth had 3 lovely horses lurking by the stile and even after offering an apple between them couldnt ease our way in so just follow the road down and at the bend turn into the charming village of Byworth.

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Lily Tomkins
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Hiking

Great varied trail. Beautiful start in gorgeous Petworth. Convenient with big pay and display.

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Hector Hunter
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Great trail bring wellies, go round clockwise as suggested

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Rebecca Hickman
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Hiking

We did this trail with a dog and 3 children (12-5). An amazing variety of landscapes for a shortish walk. Stunning views and a bridge for pooh-sticks. One of the fields had some inquisitive horses in but all very friendly. Highly recommend.

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Derek Hardy
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Really lovely walk which we would highly recommend. We started and finished half way round the walk in Byworth, followed by an excellent lunch in the Black Horse Inn.

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David Griffiths
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Just to let you know the comment of 4 Sep 2016 remains valid. We did the walk today and the stile is nowhere to be seen, but your update on the walk worked well. A lovely walk. Many thanks.

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Russell Chute
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Nicola Nicola
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Adam Hiddleston
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Adrian Brown
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