The Welldiggers Arms, Hesworth and Fittleworth Walk

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South Downs National Park

The Welldiggers Arms, Hesworth and Fittleworth Walk is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Petworth, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length5.3 miElevation gain1,013 ftRoute typeLoop
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A circular pub walk from The Welldiggers Arms on the outskirts of Petworth in West Sussex. A 300-year-old pub turned country-inn on the edge of the South Downs National Park, The Welldiggers Arms makes the perfect spot for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route explores local stretches of woodland and commons, visiting a pretty church and stunning viewpoint along the way, following peaceful paths that provide a true feeling of escape. The woodland commons are open access with lots of intersecting paths. The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of short but steep sections. Several stretches (particularly the bridleway at the beginning and end) can be very muddy after periods of rain and in winter, so good boots are a must and wellingtons are recommended at wetter times of year. If you would prefer to avoid the worst of the mud, the initial bridleway can be avoided by following a narrow tarmac pavement alongside a road instead. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and staggered barriers plus one stile (which has a large gap alongside for dogs). There is no livestock on route, just the outside chance of sharing one field with a horse. There are three road crossings that need care, but these are either within speed restriction areas or have excellent visibility. Allow 3 hours.

The Welldiggers Arms is located on the A283, about one mile east of Petworth. The pub has its own car park. Approximate post code GU28 0HG. If the pub car park is full, you could adjust the walk to start at the Hesworth Common car park (Waypoint 4), calling at the pub part way round. To reach this alternative parking, continue east along the A283 for a further 1.5 miles, then fork right onto the B2138 and the car park is immediately on your right.

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Erika Loves Walking
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Beautiful trail, very muddy in some places at this time of the year (January), especially the path from the pub, but stunning views, varied scenery, picturesque villages. Definitely recommend!

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myriam zuliani
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Russell Page
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lovely walk in the Autumn time, will be back again to walk it in the summer.

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Anna Bartley
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Lovely varied walk, amazing view from top of the hill about half way through near the Oak trees

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Ben Wasley
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Nicholas Mayes
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We were amazed that the walk did indeed take 3 hours. Looking only at the distance, we confidently presumed we'd be done in 2 hours or less. The walk crosses lots of dense woodland and heathland, and the multitude of criss-crossing pathways means frequent stops to consider the navigation tips, otherwise it is quite easy to make a wrong turn. Nice views all the same.

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Leanne Turner
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Sarah Sarah
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Lovely walk. Early autumn colours.

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Sarah Vincent
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Thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Stunning views across to the South Downs. Easy to follow.

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Katie Burnell
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Very quiet trail, only came across one other person the whole way which was great at the moment. Highlight of the walk was Hesworth Common which had a great viewpoint and the cornfields towards the end which were great to walk through on a summers day. Knocked a star off as quite a few roads to cross at the beginning/very end of the trail and sometimes felt like you were just walking parallel to the road at points. Note, some parts in Hesworth Common and the grass path in between the two hedgerows after Fittleworth are very overgrown with ferns atm (July 2020) so would possibly be a struggle with some dogs. Would definitely recommend the Welldiggers Arms for an after walk pint/dinner!

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Isabelle Stauber
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Lovely walk going through beautiful landscapes and past picturesque farms, small old churches and cottages. Very quiet and peaceful. Easy to follow using the satnav on the guide map.

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Rebecca Taylor
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Lovely trial through some really picturesque villages and houses! Quite hard to follow at time’s and we were often off track!

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Kate Silence
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Paul Wood
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Ollie Knowlson
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Parked at the pub bit muddy to start with and a bit overgrown but easily got around. After that very scenic walk and a we now have a very tired pup

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Jennifer Ullman
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A very very nice walk. Caution for Luddites like me-the walk covers the corners of 3 paper OS maps, so if you are following the written directions and need a map, do it from a digital map. We took a wrong turn on the Common at the view point and needed our map to retrieve ourselves. Fittleworth Shop cafe has divine scones and delicious coffee.

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HOWARD HOWARD
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Very enjoyable stroll - we did it in 2 hours - enjoying the app

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Nick Nick
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Thank You. A great walk greatly assisted by the App. with a fantastic pub at the end. Brilliant!

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Rich van Lienden
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Super walk through the countryside (with views of South Downs) and lovely pub lunch to finish.

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Fraser Norton
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Adrian Brown
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Ellie Taylor
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Lizi Hamer
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Michela Pike
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Myla Little
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Christopher Ryall
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Sarah Sarah
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Bill Neech
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Richard Cottrell
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Tony Bright
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