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Jun
18

Billingshurst to Amberley Linear Walk (36603)

Event Overview

Join Justin on his first walk as Leader along the Wey-South Path between Billingshurst to Amberley (15miles) along the route of a dis-used canal with a packed lunch stop mid-way and a pub stop at The White Hart Stopham (near Pulborough) for liquid refreshment to keep us going. Hopefully we can go at a moderate pace as the ground is fairly level on this walk.

We will meet at Billingshurst Station and walk west through fairly ordinary housing estates, playing field and a path along the railway to emerge into the country side to met the Wey-South Path.  This first stretch meanders around the River Arun below Wisborough Green with a mixture of flatlands and woods stopping at Pallington Bridge for our packed lunch. 

After lunch we continue south and join a country lane at Pickhurst near Codmore Hill.  Passing some gallops we pass close behind Pulbrough Railway Station, continuing through Pulborough Plantation and crossing the A283 at the village of Stopham.  Here we will stop at the White Hart Inn at Stopham Bridge for some liquid refreshment http://www.whitehartpulborough.com/

After a pint/soft drink/bottle of gin we will continue south of Stopham on the Wey South Path, over the railway line (Health and Safety) and then across the A29 (double H&S). Briefly we'll follow the path of a roman road past Coldwaltham, cross the river Arun again (a familiar feature of this walk) then head due South across the Amberley Wild Brooks finally heading into Amberley village and then back to Amberley station where walk will offically end.  There is a nice pub (The Bridge Inn) near this station if the timing for the train back to Billingshurst allows (or just for the hell of it).

Photos are with permission from Malcolm Oakley who runs www.southdownswalking.com

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Bring plenty of water and a packed lunch (there will be no opportunity to buy a packed lunch once we have started, with limited facilities at Billinghurst station).

There will be a chance to re-hydrate at the pub in Stopham. 

The mid afternoon Pub Stop

For more informaiton on the pub we will be stopping at, follow the link below.

http://www.whitehartpulborough.com

Meeting & Times

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Event Reference No:
36603