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Sussex Hospice Trail Part 22: Horsham to Billingshurst

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Horsham, West Sussex, England

Sussex Hospice Trail Part 22: Horsham to Billingshurst is a 9.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Horsham, West Sussex, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 1,210 ft Route type Point to Point
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A linear walk from Horsham rail station to Billingshurst rail station in West Sussex, forming Part 22 of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This long distance walk takes in both the undulating countryside of the Sussex Weald and the market town of Horsham. On route you will pass the historic Christ Hospital, one of the oldest schools in England, walk along the scenic Downs Way Link and West Sussex Literary Trail and take in interesting estates and ancient woodland. The return leg can be completed with a single 10 minute train journey. 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 Hospice 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. The Weald is well known for its mud and after rain the trail can be heavy going in places. You will need to negotiate a number of stiles, kissing gates, narrow footbridges and footpaths, short sections of steps and cross one pedestrian level crossing. There are a few road crossings that need care when crossing and two short sections of road which are only accessible via grass and road side verge. The first stretch of the route takes you through the busy town of Horsham but this soon opens up into woodland and open fields. You are likely to come across livestock in some of the fields so take particular care with dogs. Allow 5 hours. Toilets are available at the rail stations at each end but there are a number of opportunities for toilet breaks and refreshments along the route, most notably Horsham Town centre and Barns Green for pubs and a very nice campsite café. Picnic spots can be found at many of the locations on route.

The walk starts at Horsham rail station and ends at Billinghurst rail station. The two stations are connected by a fairly regular service and the journey takes just 10 minutes. If you are coming by car, there are pay and display car parks alongside both stations. Approximate post code for Horsham Station RH12 1RD.

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Stephen Biggs
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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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Chris Britton
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This is a lovely walk with only one steady hill to climb with a fair bit of off road, great views along the way, there are a few paths that were overgrown but good signage with the opportunity to stop for refreshments through the villages, the walk is quite exposed in many places to the sun, I recommend plenty of sun cream and a good pair of walking boots.

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Megan Ward
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Ian Johnson
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Luke Chapman
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