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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough is a 9.2 mile point-to-point trail located near Billingshurst, West Sussex, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 1,719 ft Route type Point to Point
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A linear walk from Billingshurst rail station to Pulborough rail station, forming the 23rd stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This is a particularly beautiful stretch of the trail, offering a peaceful riverside setting for much of the journey with plenty of wildlife and history to enjoy along the way. Once you have escaped the hum of Billingshurst, most of your journey is in the company of the River Arun and the disused Wey and Arun Canal. Discover some of the canal's old structures, including Lordings Lock and Waterwheel, and relax in the tranquil setting of the waterway now reclaimed by nature. The return journey can be completed with a single 6 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 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. The walking route from Billingshurst to Pulborough is relatively flat with just a few gentle slopes along the way. Some sections of path are quite narrow (and are prone to become a bit overgrown in the late summer) and some of the riverside paths and woodland bridleways can get very muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges, steps and 12 stiles (all of which have purpose-built dog gates or open fencing alongside, meaning most dogs will pass through easily). There is limited road walking and most of the paths are enclosed from fields and roads so well-behaved dogs can enjoy plenty of off-lead time. You will need to cross two fields that may be holding sheep and two fields that may be holding cattle. Allow 4.5 hours. There are no facilities for the bulk of the route. If you are looking for refreshments, The Limeburners pub is 1.5 miles into the route, there is a great picnic site at Lordings Lock or you will find a choice of places to eat in Pulborough at the end of your walk.

The walk starts at Billingshurst rail station (served by the Bognor Regis to London Victoria service) and finishes at Pulborough rail station. The two stations sit on the same line, usually with two trains per hour Mon-Sat and an hourly service on Sundays. The return train journey between the two stations takes just 6 minutes. If you are coming by car, Pulborough rail station (at the end of the walk) has the cheapest of the two rail car parks, it costs £5.50 Mon-Sat and £2 on Sundays (correct July 2016). Approximate post code RH20 1AH.

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Chris Hastings
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I just love this walk and do it quite often. Beautiful views and scenery. West Sussex at its best... once you get out of Billingshurst.! I now use a different route From the station via Natt’s Lane and cut across the fields to the other side of the Limeburners pub. Can get a bit muddy in a couple of the low level fields if very wet but otherwise good paths so best done in dry weather.Enjoy!

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Ben Ben
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Nice walk after a slightly suburban opening section. Very muddy and wet almost throughout, stout boots or wellies a must!

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Renee Jakac
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First to Review

Attempted this route in reverse but were diverted a number of times due to floods. Finally made it to the limeburners after 5 hours, will reattempt in the summer.

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Ian Johnson
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Mark Matthews
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