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Chichester Weekend - August 2017

On the Saturday the A party drove to Harting Downs NT car park to start the walk. The morning was a very pleasant walk along the South Downs Way offering a mix of rolling hills and wooded areas. On route we made a slight detour to go up and look at Bronze Age burial mounds known as the Devil Jumps dating back to 2000BC. We had a coffee stop in the coolness and shade of Phillis Wood. It was a very warm and sunny day and so we trudged on to our lunch stop settling down under a big tree. After lunch we headed westwards to South Harting village. Feeling very warm and weary there was nothing more welcoming than the sight of The White Hart pub where we rehydrated ourselves in its pleasant garden before the final ascent of the 11 mile walk back to the car park.

The B party, led by Roger, took the bus to Hill Top (near Cocking), and then walked to Singleton. After lunch there, the party continued to a slope of the hill known locally as The Trundle, to watch one of the Goodwood horse races, and on the way back to Chichester University split into two groups to follow different routes for total walk distances of about 9.5 miles and 8.5 miles.

In the evening Chris presented us with a challenging quiz and Colin brought his famous 'lighting system’ to facilitate the teams with answering the questions.

On Sunday the A party drove to Arundel Station and were slightly delayed in setting off due to having to wait for the train. We passed through the villages of Wepham with its lovely thatched cottages and Burpham. We than climbed up a bit and had a coffee stop in a field overlooking Burpham. Walking amidst undulating countryside we had lunch on Amberley Mount (a tumulus) overlooking Amberley on one side and Pulborough on the other following which we stopped for refreshment at The Bridge Inn in Amberley. In the afternoon we continued the 12 mile walk along varied paths back to Arundel where we partook of well-earned refreshment in the delightful gardens of tea rooms by Mill Road putting green.

The B party, led by Hilary, walked from Arundel along a canal towpath with a view of the castle that had been much appreciated by J.M.W. Turner, and then to Burpham for a tea stop, Houghton Bridge for a pub stop and packed lunch, and, being mistaken for participants in a 100 kilometres challenge walk and/or an Alzheimer’s charity walk, back to Arundel for another tea stop. Total walk distance about 10 miles.

In the evening we played Pictionary after which a contingent of the group repaired to the local hostelry.

On the Monday we walked as one group as a few people had elected to go home directly after breakfast. We met our leader, Roger, at Chichester Station. We walked along the Chichester Ship Canal during which we watched the activity of some locks. Roger informed us that the start of the canal was where the sea had once come up and which had subsequently silted up but still contains salty water. We then headed away from the canal and had elevenses beside the mill pond at Fishborne watched by several ducks. After lunch we walked on beside mud flats to Chichester Creek. Our final destination was Bosham and we passed a small harbour before making our way to the bus stop to take us back to Chichester. We eventually arrived in Chichester after a prolonged wait for the bus, Some of the party alighted at the Cathedral for tea whilst others got off at the bus station and walked over to the railway station to make their homeward journey.

We would like to say a very big thank you to William for all his hard work in organising a splendid trip and to him, Roger and Hilary for leading the lovely walks.

Eva and Chris B


Maps of the walks

Harting Down Circular

Arundel and Amberley Circular