David Barnard co-ordinates the Club Walks programme for 2019 - he has confirmed the dates of all walks through 2019 and they are listed on the "Club Diary" webpage. Brief details aof each walk are show towards the bottom of this webpage
THE NEXT CLUB WALK will be on TUESDAY 10th September 2019 will be led by Ted Fisher & details are shown below
The walk will be along the new Shoreham Adur Tidal Wall starting from the Longshore, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5LD telephone 01273 452365. It is a bright and cheerful modern pub opposite to the coastal entrance to Shoreham Airport.
We shall gather at 10 – 10.15am to place lunch orders and enjoy a pre walk coffee if required.
The walk begins by crossing the Salting’s Road passing the Shell Petrol Station and in a few hundred yards we turn right onto Riverbank, a firm surface along which we are able to view the houseboats on one side and residential properties (both of a varying nature) on the other. This path will bring us to the glass sided Millennium Footbridge which we cross left into Shoreham High Street continuing westwards for a short distance until we reach the Ropetackle development. We continue north on the tidal wall until we reach the Shoreham 2015 Air Crash Memorial. Crossing the Old Shoreham Toll Bridge, we join the tidal wall walking south with the river one side and Shoreham Airport on the other. Upon reaching the A259 we make a right turn crossing the road opposite the Shell Station back to the Longshore. The walk will allow for walkers to retrace to the start should they tire!
The walk covers approximately 3.5 miles, terrain flat, suitable for all to enjoy a WALK WITH A DIFFERENCE, plenty no doubt, of previously unseen views. Construction of the tidal wall commenced in 2016 by the Environmental Agency, completed in February 2019 thus reducing further flood risk to over 2,300 properties as well as protecting infrastructure of road, railway and airport.
We expect to return to the pub, where we will meet our fellow diners, at 12.30pm Please let me know if you intend to either walk and lunch or just take lunch, to enable me to inform the pub.
Look forward to seeing you on the day.
CHECK LIST FOR PROBUS WALK ORGANISERS
Before the walk
Plan your route – aim for 2-2½ hours from a pub/meeting place with sufficient parking
Book the pub to cater for the likely numbers, including those just coming for the meal
Reconnoitre the route
Write a description (see example below) noting critical navigation points, stiles and hazards, for posting on the Club website include postcodes of start/finish and your mobile number then email your walk description to the Secretary so all members & associates get details at least a week before the walk. Remind walkers to have an ‘in case of emergency’ number in their mobile phones.
The day before the walk
Check Club Walks first aid kit; the weather forecast and that the pub is expecting us!
On the day of the walk
Arrive early with the first aid kit – welcome everyone. Ask someone to act as walk backmarker and remind participants of today’s details and take photo(s) for the website
After the walk
Email a brief report on the walk including the number of walkers and non-walkers, to enable a record to be added to the website
EXAMPLE WALK DESCRIPTION
Your Walk Title…………………………………………………………………………..
Walk Organiser name & mobile number
When & where – we will meet at (say) 10.00 am on ……………. at ……………..(start location). If necessary include how to get there (and insert website of pub here). Note any requirements to pre-order if the pub needs this
Walk Description – describe the route & places that are passed
Distance - A …… hour walk of around ………..miles. Include details of styles, steep climbs etc & if appropriate the need for wellies in wet conditions.
Parking – at……………………………………….. .
Lunch – will be at the …………………………….….. Inn. Tables have been reserved for us at ………………..pm
Non walkers - to be at the pub for lunch at …………….. pm
A brief record of 2019 walks
13 August - Coultershaw Bridge & Tillington Walk organiser Roger Millard reports -
"We were lucky to have a great weather window when 19 intrepid walkers met at the Badgers Pub just south of Coultershaw Bridge near Petworth. Our walk, via country lanes and footpaths, took us to a bridge spanning the tranquil River Rother and then through corn fields and a lane up to All Hallows Church at Tillington. There has been a stone church on this site since 1810. Fortunately the church doors were open so we were able to admire the interior as well as the church’s Scots Spire, which was added to the building by Lord Egremont of Petworth House. The church has been featured in paintings by several well-known artists, including Constable and Turner during their visits to Petworth House. Our return to the Badgers was via an ancient path cut into the landscape and overhung by a large variety of trees, leading us to the bridge over the River Rother. Back at the pub we were joined by six other members and enjoyed a very convivial lunch."
9 July - Stopham & Fittleworth - (see photos above) Walk organiser Clive Jones reports - "On an absolutely perfect English summer’s day with just the right temperature and not too much sun, Clive Jones led 19 intrepid explorers on this 4.6 mile walk starting at Stopham, crossing the river Arun, then along the old dismantled railway before eventually following the river Rother. After negotiating a few tricky paths through the woods, we arrived at the Swan public house in Fittleworth, where the landlady had laid on coffee, tea and biscuits for everyone. We then continued back to Stopham with lovely views over yellow oat fields and the South Downs. Four others joined us for a lovely lunch at The White Hart Inn.
11 June - Barns Green & Itchingfield - Simon Powlson led this lovely walk of just under 5 miles from the Queens Head pub in Barns Green - Through Itchingfield churchyard with its unique historic church (where this photo was taken), and along part of the West Sussex Literary Trail. 14 members took part with another 5 joining us for lunch at the pub
14 May - Cootham/ RSPB Circular - Alan Jeffs led this walk on a perfect sunny warm day from the Crown Inn at Cootham around the circumference of Parham airfield towards the start of the Point-to-Point racecourse, thence north on back roads and footpaths to the RSPB sanctuary at Pulborough Brooks. Pausing for an ice cream or coffee at the RSPB cafe with the return leg south via country lanes then across the Parham estate on the Literary Trail back to Cootham for a welcome lunch. Total distance for the 16 walkers (including one Bermudian guest) was 4.5 miles. - and very enjoyable
9th April - Views over Chichester - John Keayes led the 8 of us who eventually did the walk we had planned in March 2019 over nearly 6 miles descending then ascending about 450 feet from Seven Points Car Park just west of The Trundle near Goodwood. This was a lovely triangular walk southwards towards East Lavant; then through East Lavant village; then north-eastwards towards West Dean following the River Lavant valley and the route of the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line; then south-eastwards to climb up out of West Dean Village along the boundary wall of West Dean Park towards the Trundle Hill. The weather was not great but the comapnay was! We adjorned to the Partridge Inn at Singleton for luch where we were joined by 4 other friends.
12th March - our first walk of the year had to be postponed due to 'Storm Gareth' that swept through however 12 souls went to enjoy a good lunch at the Partridge Inn at Singleton anyway!!
A brief record of 2018 walks
13th November - The Burpham Loop: Clive Jones led this final walk of 2018 - a 5 mile circular walk from Burpham on an incredibly beautiful warm November day, with stunning views over the Downs, across Arundel and beyond to the coast, with the Isle of Wight in the distance. 19 members and friends took partan 2 more joined us for lunch at the George at Burpham.
9th October - Patching & sea views Ted Hooker arranged this circular walk from The Worlds End Pub at Patching on a glorious warm sunny autimn morning. This was a 3½ mile walk through the pretty village of Patching with its interesting church and across fields and woodland with views of the Downs and the English Channel.
11 September - Ferring northwards Ted Fisher led this 4½ mile walk from Ferring towards the South Downs with 14 walkers and 2 guests for lunch which all enjoyed at The Henty Arms in Ferring village. The group set off in somewhat chilly, overcast conditions, however, all enjoyed the view from atop Highdown Hill and the gentle uphill climb and easy decent appeared to suit all.
14 August - Wey Arun Canal near Billingshurst - Roger Millard lead 16 people on this great walk over 4 miles in length passing disused remnants of Wey & Arun canal, passing Lordings Lock, crossing the River Arun and following a route along the picturesque Streele Lake on a lovely day for walking. This walk started & finished at the Limeburners public house at Newbridge where the walkers were joined by 5 other members & lunched was enjoyed
10 July - Wey Arun Canal near Loxwood - Alan Jeffs planned this exploration of this 4 mile route of the canal towards the north-west in the direction of Surrey, passing the recently renovated lock, ready for the next phase of reclamation, then turning north east at Barberry Bridge on the farm track towards Alford Bars. 5 walkers took part on a beautiful summer day & 3 more of us joined the lunch at “Sir Roger Tichbourne” pub at Alford Bars that is right on the Surrey/West Sussex border
5 June - Chichester Canal - Chairman Simon Powlson arranged this 4 mile walk on cool breezy morning south of Chichester for 13 of us. Setting out from The Blacksmiths at Donnington we joined the Chichester Canal going westwards towards Chichester Harbour (although we had planned to go eastwards into Chichester city - never mind we enjoyed it anyway!) We stopped for coffee at the Chichester Yacht Basin then returning to Donnington for a nice lunch at The Blacksmiths.
8 May - Houghton - John Howard organised this walk on a beautiful, warm and sunny morning for 11 walkers. We started out from the George & Dragon pub on the B2139 road in Houghton and enjoyed this walk of over 3 miles that initially followed the 'Monarch's Trail' onto the South Downs, crossed the A29 London - Bognor main road, joined the South Downs Way down into the Arun Valley then returned to Houghton where we were joined by 4 other friends for lunch at the pub.
10 April - Angmering Estate - Mike Brett gathered 11 walkers on a dull un-springlike morning that started at The Woodman Arms at Hammerpot to proceed over the next 2 hours through the Estate & returned to the pub where 3 more friends joined the walkers for lunch.
13 March - Amberley Downland with great views - John Keayes arranged this event for 14 walkers who started and ended this on a fine springlike morning at the Bridge Inn at Houghton Bridge. This 5½ mile circular walk passed North Stoke then accended the hills with splendid views ove rthe Arun Valley then joined the South Downs Way to return to Houghton Bridge where 6 more friends joined us for lunch at the Inn.
Record of 2017 walks
7 November - Pulborough Brooks - Simon Powlson's walk over the Brooks to the RSPB Pulborough Brooks centre had 8 of us enjoying the company but not the wet morning. Coffee etc at the RSPB Cafe was very welcome and the return via Wiggonholt Church was warmer with a following wind. The 8 walkers were joined by 3 more friends at the White Horse pub for a lovely warm lunch in front of a blazing fire - we thought it was a good 3.5 mile energetic morning.
10 October - Wey Arun Canal at Loxwood - Ted Hooker arranged us to pre-order lunch at the Sir Roger Tichbourne pub to the north of Loxwood, then 14 of us set off to the Wey and Arun Canal Centre car park to start our 3.5 mile walk eastward on the canal tow path. It was an overcast but dry day for a pleasant autumnal walk past restored locks as far as the interesting Drungewick Aqueduct then our walk took us through a farm to an attractive woodland area and through fields to return to the canal, passing Brewhurst Mill and its mill race. We returned to the pub and were joined by 5 others for a good lunch.
5 September- Ferring Rife Walk - 13 members met at The Henty Arms at Ferring to commence this walk organised by Ted Fisher. Weather conditions somewhat humid and overcast. Walked West Bank of the River Rife (our retired ex-SWA member deflated us by saying it is really a drainage ditch with it's source in Durrington!!) Stopped at The Bluebird Cafe for a welcome coffee and continued along the greensward into a residential section of East Preston, through fields of West Kingston returning by 12.50 pm to The Henty joining three club members who had arrived for lunch. Map my Walk gave circa 4.8/5.3 miles. An enjoyable chatty stroll with no discomfort from the odd squally showers.
8 August - Bramber, River Adur & Downs Link - 7 of us started out on a beautiful warm day but halfway around an impressive thunderstorm caught up with & completely soaked us - Roger Millard's walk was therefore a VERY memorable one! 3 more people joined the wet ones to enjoy a good lunch at the Castle Inn Hotel in Bramber.
11 July - East of Ashington - 12 members, associate members and families, including 3 visitors from Australia and 1 dog enjoyed this 3.5 mile walk organised by John Howard from the Red Lion pub in Ashington, crossing the A24 dual carriageway through delightful country, returning to the pub for a very nice lunch where 3 more members and wives joined the walkers.
13 June - Parham & Pulborough Brooks - there was a good turnout of 15 people for this local walk organised by Alan Jeffs through Parham Park and the RSPB cafe overlooking Pulborough Brooks and lunch was taken with 3 more colleagues at the Crown Inn at Cootham just west of Storrington.
9 May - Eartham & Nore Hill Folly - 8 of us enjoyed nice weather and beautiful bluebells on this 2 hour 4 mile walk organised by John Keayes, north of Slindon Village and 9 people then had a good lunch at The George at Eartham.
11 April - The Angmering Estate - 14 people took part on this 2 hour walk of about 4.5 miles on the Angmering Estate orgainised by Mike Brett. Around 20 members and associate members then had lunch at The Woodman Arms at Hammerpot.
14 March - West Dean - Rural Art & Wild Daffodils - 13 walkers took part in this first Club walk of the year to complete 4 miles between West Dean & the South Downs Way and 20 members and associate members enjoyed lunch at The Partidge Inn at Singleton all organised by John Keayes.