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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 25: Amberley to Halnaker

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 25: Amberley to Halnaker is a 15.6 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Arundel, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 15.6 km Elevation Gain: 520 m Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips



wild flowers


pub walk

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear route which relies on a bus for the onward journey which runs Mon-Sat only. On Sundays you will need to use taxis. A linear walk from Amberley to Halnaker, forming the 25th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This stretch begins along the South Downs Way, crossing the pretty River Arun, before quickly joining the Monarch's Way which leads you gently uphill through the beautiful Houghton Forest to reach Bignor Hill. From this point, mid-way along your walk, you will be rewarded with outstanding views down to the south coast. The journey continues by following the line of an old Roman road, Stane Street, which today leads you through pastures, woodland, a vineyard and scrub to reach the tiny village of Halnaker. 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 route has no steep sections, but there is a very long and steady climb for the first half and the equivalent descent for the second half. The paths are almost all unmade and can get very muddy at times. Whilst most of the paths are well-walked, towards the end some of the paths are very narrow and are prone to becoming overgrown in late summer, so wear long trousers and carry a stick at this time of year. There are some busy road crossings and a couple of 200m stretches along the edges of roads so take care of traffic at these points. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, bridges and 8 stiles (6 of which have large gaps alongside, but 2 of which have only medium-size gaps so larger dogs may need a lift over). You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep and two fields may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Allow 5 hours. There are no facilities for the bulk of the route. If you are looking for refreshments, The George and Dragon pub in Houghton is 1 mile into the route, there are benches for a picnic on Bignor Hill at the halfway point or you will find The Anglesey Arms pub in Halnaker at the end of the route.

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