Ardingly Reservoir West Sussex circular walk

Lovely walk around the Ardingly reservoir in West Sussex.

Technical sheet
No. 1697291
A Ardingly walk posted on 31/12/18 by Walker60. Update : 23/01/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 7.87km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 127m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 119m
Highest point Highest point : 127m
Lowest point Lowest point : 49m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Ardingly
Starting point Starting point : N 51.042261° / W 0.096939°
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Ardingly Reservoir


(D/A) Use the public free car park and starts at the bottom of the reservoir, then head up a slight slope following path northeast (keeping the reservoir to your left) for about half a mile going through a kissing gate till you see a stile on your right, this is point A climb over and head up through a field when you get to the end continue to follow a trackway through some houses till you reach the church at point.

(1) Turn right for a few steps then take the footpath sign on the left for a short while until you see the Ardingly showground. Turn left then right and continue along a road keeping the showground on your right for about 500 yards. The road forks off to the right but carries straight on taking a trackway to you reach a metal field gate joining a road.

(2) Turn left heading downhill past a duck pond and a farm on your left. Keep going a few more steps with a barn in front. Continue taking the path until you reach the edge of a field. Immediately, you will see a memorial bench seat to the left. Take the path which goes diagonally across the field till you reach a metal gate

(3) Then, cross over a walk bridge. Follow the path until you see a wooden gate. Do not enter but take the path on your right heading uphill through the woods for about a quarter of a mile to the road.

(4) Turn left into Paddockhurst Lane. Where it forks, follow the sign towards Balcome for a short while you’ll then see Edmond's Farm in front of you.

(5) Take the bridle path on the left through a metal gate. Keep right with the trees on your right until you reach a wooden gate.

(6) Go through, turn left keeping the reservoir on your right. Follow the path for about a mile and you'll arrive at Balcombe Lane. There, turn right and continue over the bridge.

(7) Right after the bridge, you'll see a path on the right, take it and keep the reservoir on your right. Follow this for about a mile and then, you’ll come to the kissing gate at the original start of the walk. Go through it and follow back to the reservoir car park (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 50m - Car park
1 : km 1.37 - alt. 120m - Ardingly Church
2 : km 2.41 - alt. 127m - Tillinghurst Lane
3 : km 3.37 - alt. 62m - Bridge
4 : km 3.93 - alt. 123m - Paddockhurst Lane
5 : km 4.52 - alt. 102m - Edmond's Farm
6 : km 5.03 - alt. 58m - Wooden gate
7 : km 6.5 - alt. 62m
D/A : km 7.87 - alt. 49m - Car park

Useful Information

The route has good signage, I recommend a good pair of walking boots and keep hydrated as there is no refreshment stops.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

There are various points on the route to take some great photos.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.98/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 3.6/5
Walk interest : 4.33/5

on Mon 20 Sep 2021 09:32:05 CEST

Global average : 2.5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/09/21
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : N/A
Walk interest : Disappointing

The memorial bench is missing from the route, making it impossible for us to continue with confidence. We chose to turn back rather than risk getting lost for hours.

on Mon 17 May 2021 10:48:08 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 17/05/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Confused by mention of 'trackway' is a road. a private drive, we followed footpath sign and it just ended made way back to road should have gone up in first place

on Fri 27 Nov 2020 15:50:13 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 27/11/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk but confusing at point 2. Description sounds as though the memorial bench is in the first field past the barn when in fact you walk through two fields and find the bench in the third field. Apart from that, the instructions were very clear and really enjoyed the walk.

on Tue 29 Sep 2020 20:24:41 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 27/09/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very disappointing
Walk interest : Very good

The published route steps were very poor and if it was not for Google maps and GPS we would not have completed it. Virtually no indication of distances between way marks or things to look out for to help you along.

on Wed 29 Jul 2020 09:09:54 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 29/07/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We really enjoyed the walk but found section 2 confusing. We ended up retracing our steps and walking across fields to try and find the metal gate and memorial bench. We are not expert walkers. The instructions say "continue taking the path until you reach the edge of a field. Immediately you will see a memorial seat to the left".

We did find the correct route. You stay on the path but actually have to walk down and through two fields and a small wood before you reach the field and bench mentioned. Maybe the description could be altered to reflect this.

We are only submitting to help others and would recommend this walk to others. Such a beautiful area.

on Mon 16 Mar 2020 10:24:54 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/03/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We used the map rather than the description which was great and enabled us to join there walk where we wanted and make some alterations of our own.

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