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Sussex Hospices Trail 3: Arundel to Goring-by-Sea

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South Downs National Park

Sussex Hospices Trail 3: Arundel to Goring-by-Sea is a 10.6 mile 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.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 1,148 ft Route type Point to Point
Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Partially paved Views Wild flowers
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A beautiful linear walk from Arundel rail station to Goring-by-Sea rail station in West Sussex, forming the third stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes in a short stretch of the River Arun before joining long peaceful bridleways through the woodlands of the Angmering Estate. From here it is on through more woodland, through the pretty village of Patching and then up to an old Iron Age hill fort with breathtaking views. Finally the route leads you past St Barnabas House and on through Goring-by-Sea to reach the rail station. You will enjoy elegant beech woodlands, a pretty village with charming flint cottages and panoramic views across the sea. The return leg can be completed with two train journeys or one bus journey, each taking about an hour. 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 Arundel to Goring-by-Sea has gentle slopes throughout, plus just a couple of steeper gradients. The paths are firm and wide for the most part, but the unmade woodland bridleways can get very muddy at times and a couple of the narrow paths can get overgrown with nettles. There are a few road crossings that need care and the route also includes an unsignalled rail crossing, so take particular care here to listen and look for trains before you cross. You will need to negotiate some steps, kissing gates and 5 stiles. All but one of the stiles will be easy for dogs to pass through and the one in question can be avoided quite easily. A couple of the fields you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs. Toilets are available at Arundel rail station at the start of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments there is a pub, The Worlds End, at about the 7 mile mark and there are several shops near Goring-by-Sea station at the end of the walk. Allow 5.5 hours.

The walk starts at Arundel rail station and ends at Goring-by-Sea rail station. If you wish to return via train, you will need to change at Ford rail station and the trains do not run particularly frequently so this journey is likely to take close to an hour. Alternatively you can return via bus and the Stagecoach Coastliner 700 runs a service between Goring-by-Sea and Arundel (via Littlehampton), taking about an hour. The service runs half-hourly Mon-Sat and hourly on Sundays. As all these transport connections are relatively infrequent, please look up the bus or train times before you set out. If you are coming by car, there is a pay and display car park at Arundel Station. The daily rate for parking is £4.40 Mon-Sat and £2 Sun and Bank Holidays (correct Jun 2015). Approximate post code for Arundel Station BN18 9PH.

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Michela Papini
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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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Kate Yelf
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