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
Average Difficulty : Average
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

Description

(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. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 1.37 - alt. km 1.37 - Ardingly Church
2 : km 2.41 - alt. km 2.41 - Tillinghurst Lane
3 : km 3.37 - alt. km 3.37 - Bridge
4 : km 3.93 - alt. km 3.93 - Paddockhurst Lane
5 : km 4.52 - alt. km 4.52 - Edmond's Farm
6 : km 5.03 - alt. km 5.03 - Wooden gate
7 : km 6.5 - alt. km 6.5
D/A : km 7.87 - alt. km 7.87 - 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.

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