Ted Fisher co-ordinates the Club Walks programme for 2021 - he has confirmed the dates of all walks through this year and they are listed on the "Club Diary" webpage. Brief details of each walk we have done since 2017 are show below on this webpage
Tuesday 14th June 2022
Led by Ted Hooker, on a beautiful morning 12 walkers set off from the George at Eartham pausing for a moment by the blue plaque at Great Ballard School to hear about William Hayley, a poet and
literary figure, well known in his day, who lived here in the 1700s. We then passed through undulating corn fields in bright sunshine to Nore Hill woods, an ancient woodland on the Slindon
Estate with beech, oak, yew and holly trees.
A view of Eartham at a clearing also gave a panoramic view to the west including Halnaker Windmill and Portsmouth. Rounding the hill another panorama opened up fro Isle of Wight in the west to beyond the Rampion Wind Farm in the east. A welcome rest on the bench by Nore Hilly Folly gave us a chance to admire the views whilst learning some of the history of the Slindon Estate and it’s previous owners. Back again through the woods following an old drovers’ trail and across the cornfields, we arrived back at The George for a very enjoyable lunch.
10th May 2022
The group of 13, lead by Tim Healy, meet in the canal trust car parking area just beyond the overflow car park for the Onslow Arms pub just off the B2133 just south of Loxwood village where they followed sections of the restored Wey and Arun Canal. They then all adjourned to have lunch at “The Sir Roger Tichborne”.
12th April 2022
|Club Walk - 10.00 from the Frankland Arms Washington organized by Mike Brett|
8th March 2022
Nineteen club members started the walk on a beautiful sunny day, led by Bruce (Tompson), with his wife Maura, who confesses to having little sense of direction, stationed at the back with responsibility for not losing anybody.
We started off on The Ilex Way at Goring, one of the best-known avenues of Holm Oaks in Great Britain. Originally the main carriageway to Goring Hall with large ornate wrought iron gates, removed and melted down during WW2 as part of the war effort. Surprisingly there has been talk in the past to tarmac the pathway and also to build five hundred homes on the adjacent Goring Gap. Hopefully neither of these changes take place and the beauty of the area is preserved for future generations to enjoy.
We walked into Old Ferring where houses here are over two hundred and fifty years old and have internal features that suggest mediaeval origins. Originally the village hub providing all retail and local services, it also stored contraband brought up The Ferring Rife by smugglers. The historic church originally built-in wood in 791 was re-built in stone by the twentieth century
The walk continued through the village onto the Ferring Rife, over the fields and onto Angmering-on-Sea. Here we stood outside Sea Lane House, a rather boring looking 1930s house that hid some remarkable facts.
1. It is the only house in Britain designed by Marcel Breuer the renown Hungarian-American architect, ranked among the most influential architects of the twentieth century and responsible for buildings such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the UNESCO HQ in Paris.
2. The house is considered one of the most distinguished examples of twentieth century architecture on the South Coast and Grade 2 listed
3. It is the only surviving pre-war building in Europe by Breuer.
4. It’s considered the best-preserved example of Breuer’s early architectural work anywhere in the world.
And yet most people I imagine walk past and just see it as an ugly building, what a shame.
We reached the coastline at Kingston Gorse to be met by a very strong easterly wind, the direction we had to walk in towards Patterson’s Walk. This area has been the home of many celebrities over the years: Flanagan and Allen, the owners of the Dodge car manufacturer, Raymond Massey and more recently Des Lynam and Robin Cousins. The Bluebird Café built in 1920 served as a NAFFI for Canadian troops during WW2 and along the beach the pill box, one of many built along the South Coast but is now one of only two left between Selsey and Shoreham.
Finally, we crossed Goring Greensward and saw the remaining flint wall of the southern boundary to Goring Hall exposed by the 1987 hurricane. Here the sea has been encroaching inland for 500 years and the high-water mark was over 250 yards south of where it is today.
We returned via The Planation to the Ilex Way, stopping to look at ‘glimpses’ of Goring Hall, originally built as one of the seaside mansions, fashionable in the 1800s.Rebuilt after a serious fire in 1888, it was later sold for development and is now a private hospital.
Maura reported we ended the walk with nineteen walkers who I assumed were the same ones we started with. Lunch was at The Tides Restaurant, a popular family run concern, where we were joined by two further members.
In brief: it was beautiful weather, I hope interesting, lasted about two hours and was approximately 4 miles long.
11th January 2022
One walk, two castles and three churches
Alan Price ably assisted by Judith as sweeper, lead the January circular walk from Bramber on a rather damp but dry day.
Twenty Probus members and wives met at the car park in the middle of Bramber and after a short talk on the post Norman Conquest history of Bramber the group set off north via the earliest post Norman church built in Sussex, St Nicholas, built about 1073. The church had benefited from major changes and restorations in the middle of the 19th century and again in 1931 but still retained many of its Norman features in addition to the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Anne.
A short climb up to the site of Bramber castle followed. The castle had been built on high ground overlooking what was then the wide estuary of the River Adur at the same time as the church. Unlike the church the castle built by William de Braose, 1st Lord of Bramber, had been allowed to fall into decay by the 16th century with some of the stone and flint being used for road building. All that we had to gaze at was the remaining 30 feet high part of the keep which is such a prominent landmark in Bramber, we had to imagine what it used to be like when it was defending the Rape of Bramber.
After a short walk along Castle Lane we headed off on a footpath across the valley and over the river to our second church visit. St Peters at Upper Beeding, another Norman church built in about the 12th century. After appreciating the Norman architecture we headed back down to the river and then south to Bramber bridge past the salting fields where salt was collected when the valley was a wide estuary and ships were able to sail up to Steyning port.
We continued on the footpath down the side of the river until we cut off to visit the last of the three Norman churches at St Botolphs. Here again we could see that there had been major alterations to the original building which is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Having decided that three churches in one day was quite enough we headed north along the Downslink path back to our cars. Having walked over 4 miles on what at times were some quite muddy footpaths we were ready to be welcomed at our final destination at the Castle Inn and Hotel which had set aside the appropriately named Bramber Room for us. After all the exercise some indulged in sharing puddings and even one or two had puddings all to themselves!
9th November 2021
ORGANISED by Ted Fisher Weather ideal, overcast but great for walking.
WALK DESCRIPTION: FINDON – The Gallops Bridleway – High Salvington Mill – Honeysuckle Lane – Downs – Long Furlong – Findon Cricket Ground- Findon Church -Rogers Farm – Car Park.
MEETING POINT: 10.00am start 10.15am. Small Car Park at the Lower End of Bost Hill.
START: Walked along the top of the Gallops recreation ground to the zig zag Bridlepath which is a steepish short climb up a tarmac path with handrails to join the end of Furze Road near High Salvington Windmill. A pause to view the Mill and grounds before continuing a few hundred yards to the lower end of Honeysuckle Lane, which continued onto the downs, eventually we would have had fabulous views seaward of the Rampion Windfarm and westward toward the Solent and Isle of Wight. However misty conditions prevented this. We continued onto a track along the top of Long Furlong. Here our only stile then downhill along a track by Findon Cricket Ground to The Church of St John the Baptist dating from the 11th Century. A short walk down the lane past Findon Place then along a track passing Rogers Farmhouse, Stables and eventually returning to the Car Park.
WALK DISTANCE approx. 6.0k (3.7 miles) 2 hours leisurely pace with stops to review.
LUNCH – The Black Horse Pub, Findon. 12.30pm. Very good menu enjoyed by all.
22 joined in the Walk, however, personal commitments meant only 19 remained to lunch.
12th October 2021
Mike Brett lead a relaxed stroll around some of the outskirts of Horsham. The 3.5 mile walk started in central Horsham. We strolled along the Causeway the most scenic road in the town admiring the 500 years of the styles of architecture. The route took us past the Old Town Hall, scene in 1949 of the trial of John Haigh the "Acid Bath Killer", along Pump Alley before stopping at the Drill Hall where many notable local events have taken place over the years. We then entered Chesworth Farm a 60 Acre protected area of paths, water meadows and ancient hedgerows. After following a section of the Arun riverside path we then paused at an information board depicting some of the wildlife to be found in the locality. By this point we were close to Chesworth House a former Tudor Manor House with a varied history not least being where Catherine Howard one of Henry the VIII's wives spent her childhood. Joining the Pedlars Way we soon had to recognise that this forms part of the cycle route from Southwater to Horsham. Fortunately the cyclists we encountered were very considerate! After a short stretch of woodland walking we entered into open fields giving us a vista over Horsham with the North Downs in the distance. With a herd of cows straddling the path a short diversion was then necessary! This took us down the hill and over the railway footbridge and back to the Causeway. There was just time to admire two Blue Plaques one to Hammond Innes the Author and the other to Geoff Duke who broke the World air speed record in 1953. Lunch was taken in a private room at Bill's Restaurant which meant we were all able to continue chatting with freedom!
14th September 2021
John Howard led a walk round Thakeham fields and West Chiltington lanes, followed by lunch at The Crown Inn, Worthing Road, Dial Post.
10th August 2021
The Vineyards of West Chiltington
The weather, after a wet and windy week, provided a charming English Summer’s Day to allow 15 members and guests to depart from the Queens Head in West Chiltington for about a 4 mile walk. The first half took the group past St Mary’s Church, the windmill, recreation ground, a number of stiles and meadows before arriving at the Nutbourne Vineyard. There, we were given a short history about the vineyard and wine growing process by Bridget Gladwin, one of the owners. After some recreational wine tasting the party continued leisurely through the Nutbourne and Nyetimber vineyards to arrive back at the Queens Head. Sadly, we were unable to participate in lunch at the pub because it was forced to close due to the staff having to covid isolate (sprung on them at 8.45am that morning).
A brief record of 2020 walks
10 March 2020 -
It would have been a lovely circular walk, but the weather was cool and breezy! The company however was superb. From the Black Rabbit pub, we headed southwards towards for about ½ mile towards Arundel passing the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – Arundel Wetlands Centre. We turned into Swanbourne Lake area that is part of the Arundel Castle Park and followed the path alongside the north side of the Lake rising gently up the valley that feeds the lake above its western end. We then turned sharp left up the path that rises a couple of hundred feet to a plateau to the Hiorne Tower (where we posed for this photo) in the Duke of Norfolk’s parkland above the town. We descended some of the quaint side roads through the town then passed the Castle main entrance to return along Mill Road and finally back to the pub for an enjoyable lunch where 3 more Club friends joined us.
A nice start to the 2020 walks programme.
A brief record of 2019 walks
3rd December -Chidham Peninsular
Organiser Simon Powlson reports:-
This was a great walk on a fabulous sunny, calm winter day for 18 of us around the Chidham Peninsula in Chichester Harbour.
It was a walk with a beach section over pebbles around the peninsula’s coastal/floodbank path at low water from the 'Old House at Home' Inn heading due east past the Church toward the Bosham Channel. On reaching the coastal path we headed south past Cobnor Hard to Cobnor Point, the most southerly point of the peninsula. We skirted around the back of the sailing club, returning to the coastal path heading up the west side of the peninsula past Nutbourne Marsh Nature reserve and back up the footpath east to Cot Lane and the Inn for lunch - what a day! A few photos are shown above.
12th November- Duncton Walk
Organiser David Barnard reports:-
"On a sunny, crisp Autumn morning 15 of us set out from ‘The Cricketers’ pub for a leisurely walk passing Duncton Mill and the fish farm. As we then walked through open fields, we had a fine view of the Downs in the sunshine. A brief stop was made to admire the ancient church of St. Richard and the elegant listed Burton Park Mansion. We returned to the pub, along part of the West Sussex Literary Trail, where an excellent lunch was enjoyed by all."
8th October - Kirdford Walk
Organiser Ted Hooker reports:-
This walk was based round the ancient village of Kirdford. 18 walkers completed the circuit with 2 more joining us for lunch. Amongst the walkers we were pleased to welcome Chris Guiver (Ken Guiver’s son) and his wife who were visiting from Canada.
Fortunately, we were blessed with good weather given the recent rain which made for enjoyable walking conditions if a little muddy in places. The walk took us from The Foresters Arms via an impressive stud farm past well maintained fields with friendly and inquisitive horses then through woodlands- an ancient site of iron mining - passing through a rural landscape with distant views of surrounding hills. We crossed several small bridges over streams returning to our start point after around 3.4 miles for a restorative pint and an enjoyable meal.
10th September - Shoreham & River Adur
Walk organiser Ted Fisher reports:-
This walk held along the new Shoreham Tidal Wall appeared to be enjoyed by all. We had an excellent turnout of 22 walkers, meeting at The Longshore pub on the Shoreham Road to pre-order lunch over for some, an enjoyable coffee.
The planned route included a stretch past the moored houseboats on one side and residential properties on the other. This path took us to the Millennium Glass Footbridge which we crossed into Shoreham High Street and along to the Rope Tackle Development. It continued north along the tidal wall (a vast construction site of new apartments adjacent) to the 2015 Shoreham Air Crash Memorial then, over the Old Toll Bridge (shown in this photo) to join the Tidal Wall south viewing the activities of Shoreham Airport. This section returned us to the A259 and back to the Longshore who provided a splendid individual choice lunch.
With 22 walkers and at times a reasonable walking pace the group were well strung along the route which covered 3.5 miles. For those who were unable to attend, please take the opportunity to do the walk which will provide plenty of differing scenery and good exercise into the bargain.
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
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.
(see photos above)
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 company was! We adjourned to the Partridge Inn at Singleton for lunch 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 part and 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 autumn 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 miles 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 ascended the hills with splendid views over the 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.