Arundel Park and the River Arun from Arundel

This West Sussex walk starts from Arundel with its Castle, Cathedral and lovely High Street. The route takes you through Arundel Park before dropping down to the path alongside the River Arun for the return to the start.

Technical sheet
No. 293287
A Arundel walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 22/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 11.49km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 149m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 146m
Highest point Highest point : 116m
Lowest point Lowest point : -2m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Arundel
Starting point Starting point : N 50.854538° / W 0.551454°
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Description

This walk allows you to explore the castle, cathedral and lovely High Street of Arundel before venturing into the surrounding countryside to enjoy Arundel Park and the River Arun. The start is the car park beside the river (grid ref. TQ020071) which is easily reached from the A27 bypass.

(D/A) After parking, walk into the centre turning right into High Street. Continue up High Street with the Castle to your right. Continue into London Road passing the Cathedral on your left. The route leaves London Road at grid ref. TQ013073 where you branch to your right to follow the Monarch's Way into Arundel Park. The route crosses Arundel Park and you should stay on the Monarch's Way which is generally well signed. You pass Hiorne Tower to your left.

(1) The path through the Park is undulating and leads you north to eventually enter South Wood (grid ref. TQ012098). Continue following the Monarch's Way down through the wood to reach a junction of paths beside the River Arun (grid ref. TQ014103). Here leave the Monarch's Way and follow the path south with the River Arun to your left and continue to South Stoke.

(2) Reaching the lane through South Stoke, turn left and continue to the bridge over the river. Do not cross the river, instead dropping down to follow the clear path along the river bank. All that remains is to continue along the river for about 3 miles until you reach the start of the walk on the outskirts of Arundel(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park beside the river
1 : km 1.75 - alt. km 1.75 - Hiorne Tower
2 : km 5.64 - alt. km 5.64 - South Stoke
D/A : km 11.49 - alt. km 11.49

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.38/5
Number of opinions : 7
Description quality : 4.29/5
Routemap quality : 4.57/5
Walk interest : 4.29/5


Walker
on Mon 15 Jul 2019 13:57:07 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 15/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Four of us used Southern Group day save to get to Arundel for £10 each (valid on any Southern train all day). A gentle walk from the station through Arundel, which has numerous coffee shops and pubs quickly takes you to Arundel park. We had a picnic in a copse beneath the highest point on the walk. Lots of wild flowers and birds to see. Great views northwards from the highest point and and a lovely walk by the river Arun to the Black Rabbit pub which has good food and beer (busy at the weekend). Highly recommended for a day trip from London or anywhere else on Southern region.


Walker
on Tue 25 Jun 2019 08:18:12 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 22/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk in beautiful countryside. Easy to follow with details provided. Stopped at The Black Rabbit pub for refreshment which had views over river to Arundel castle.


Walker
on Mon 03 Jun 2019 12:51:12 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 02/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This well written and, evidently, well prepared route was perfect in every detail.


Walker
on Mon 22 Apr 2019 17:27:25 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 18/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk mostly flat with stunning views, Black Rabbit pub well placed.


Walker
on Sat 29 Dec 2018 12:10:16 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 22/12/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We started in the Mill Rd car park, paying £5 for the day. Following the High Street we diverted up Tarrant St and back along Maltravers St to give us a great overview of this lovely, historic town. The steps of the plinth holding the Greek Urn outside the Hiorne Tower made a great lunch stop. The walk from there to South Wood is spectacular on a fine day, with far reaching views and rarely another soul in sight. The stretch from there to South Stoke follows a firm dirt path, if a little wet at high tide. The church at South Stoke is definitely worth a visit. We expected the final 3 miles back along the river to be a pleasant, easy walk, but it follows the top of a grassy dyke which, at this time of the year at least, was soft, muddy and slippery, making the going hard and energy-sapping. However, we seldom met another walker and it affords wonderful views across the river Arun towards the castle once you get near The Black Rabbit pub.


Walker
on Wed 01 Aug 2018 16:48:55 CEST

Global average : 2.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/08/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Disappointing

On a hot day like this you'd be better off avoiding this trail altogether as the trail winds across treeless planes under the unrelenting sun.


Walker
on Mon 02 Jul 2018 21:43:46 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 30/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Lovely walk. Went slightly wrong when at highest point and heading down to South stoke but soon got back on track.

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