This is a epic day out which sees us hiking up two big hills at the start and end of the hike and offers several panoramic views. From the top of Bignor Hill outside Amberley you will see Bignor Roman Villa and from St Roche’s Hill you will see views of the Sussex Downs to the north and the Chichester coastal plains to the south. On this hill folk gather to watch the horses at Goodwood Racecourse reputed as one of the most beautiful in the world. We will walk right past the Race Course.
We will be hiking through woodland with sightings of bluebells even in mid April. You may also see deer, woodland birds and various butterflies as you make your way through the forests. We will also follow an ancient Roman road called Stane Street towards Chichester. It is arrow-straight Roman engineering and points in the direction of the Solent and Isle of Wight beyond it. The spire of Chichester Cathedral can be seen above the distant trees on a clear day.
First prize to anyone who spots the Halnaker Windmill as we venture west. We will climb up past it and overlook it from the Downs. The hill on which the mill stands looks out over the plains south to Bognor Regis.
Finally we will head down hill to take in the Ancient Cathedral city of Chichester and have a drink down by the Chichester Canal.
Follow the pretty River Arun - apparently the second fastest flowing river in the country!
Walk up Houghton Hill on the South Downs Way with amazing views to Amberley Mount
Climb Bignor Hill 225m - See 'Toby's Stone' at the summit
Explore Eartham Wood - Beech trees a great place to see bluebells!
Stane Street - constructed 43 AD onwards linked Roman Chichester and London. See the raised agger of the road and in Eartham Woods where the Monarch's Way long-distance path follows the route, the flint surface is exposed
Halnaker Windmill - altitude 128m. Present building dates from 1780. We get a glorious view of it
Goodwood Estate - home to the world famous ‘Festival of Speed’ and ‘Goodwood Revival’ race tracks and ‘Glorious Goodwood’ horse racing. The finishing straight is lined by the bright white pavilions of the grandstand, where the fashionable gather to cheer their horses home
St Roche’s Hill 200m - The Trundle's northeast slope is a viewing area for Goodwood Racecourse and the top of the hill offers panoramic views of parts of Sussex, Hampshire and the English Channel beyond
Meetup Point – Outside the main ticket office at London Victoria Station
Jez will have the rail ticket ready on your arrival.
Meetup Time - 0800 (be punctual as we will depart the meetup point at 0826)
Train Departs - 0836 from London Victoria to Amberley
Train Arrives - 0955 Amberley Station
Destination - Returning from Chichester
Return Train - 1907 arriving London Victoria 2052
Naturally if we arrive earlier or later we will get a different train.
DISTANCE 26 km (approx 16 miles)
We will allow approximately 7 hours for walking, and excluding any breaks
HEIGHT GAINED 560 m
PRICE OF £28.00 INCLUDES
Rail travel to the destination
It does NOT INCLUDE
Lunch, souvenirs or entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit
We restrict our groups to no more than 28 including the organiser. We don't wish to have a large group of 40 trailing across the countryside. This results in a slower less enjoyable hike for all.
THINGS TO BRING
• Walking shoes or boots
• Sit mat
• Packed lunch - we will picnic out in the woods
• Snacks to keep you going!
• Spare warm layer - Down or synthetic
• Walking Poles
• Waterproof jacket (and trousers if you have them), after all this is the United Kingdom and it’s known to rain sometimes!
• Suitable trousers, NOT jeans (unless you love being cold and wet in the wind and/or rain and don’t mind having your pleas for sympathy, because you are wet and cold, ignored!)
• Spare warm layer such as down/synthetic
• Water [2L recommended]
• Sun block (We live in hope)
• Cash for drinks
• Sense of fun and patience
If you do change your plans please update your RSVP so others can take advantage of the walk. Thank you for your understanding.
It is impossible to state a specific return time as it depends on weather conditions, the general pace of the group and other unplanned factors. Those who decide to join the hike, please consider yourself committed for the entire day.
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