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 : 20/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 7.14mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 489ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 479ft
Highest point Highest point : 381ft
Lowest point Lowest point : -7ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : South Downs
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 : mi 0 - alt. 13ft - Car park beside the river
1 : mi 1.09 - alt. 161ft - Hiorne Tower
2 : mi 3.51 - alt. 30ft - South Stoke
D/A : mi 7.14 - alt. 13ft

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.56/5
Number of opinions : 13
Description quality : 4.46/5
Routemap quality : 4.69/5
Walk interest : 4.54/5


Walker
on Mon 21 Sep 2020 10:47:20 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 19/09/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk. We parked in the big public carpark in town (£5 for the whole day). We then followed the route clockwise. You know you're in the Southdowns park pretty quickly because of the chalk paths. Great walk North up the hill it then drops down to the river.
If you're thinking of taking a break, just as you get the river is the best place. Although you walk along the river all the way back to Arundel, the reeds are too high, you can hardly see the water.
It took up 3 hours walking time (and we're not fast). 11.84km, 7 miles-ish. It's certainly a walk of two halves: the first half is pretty hard going, up and down, but very rewarding. The 2nd half is along the river, so easy, but much less rewarding.
When you're a few ks from Arundel there's a lovely big pub. The next time we take the walk there we'll book a table.
Lovely walk, you won't regret it.


Walker
on Mon 10 Aug 2020 09:25:11 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 10/08/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Really excellent walk
Only minor gripe is that I would add a loop into Houghton just as you hit the top section take a left, walk up into Houghton via the staircase at the large tree, then stop off at the fantastic George & Dragon for a halfway stop, then cross the road and go down the cul de sac onto a path out back onto the river
You need to cover the same ground a little but it is an excellent detour for a well needed halfway refreshment stop

Maybe a warning to take plenty of water if trying to do it in 35degree heat like we did! The beginning is ok but towards the end there is not much shade


Walker
on Mon 27 Jul 2020 09:55:19 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 24/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk on a sunny day, although the walk was alongside the River Arun, you couldn’t see it a lot of the way due to the height of the reeds and other foliage.


Walker
on Mon 06 Jul 2020 11:29:06 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 02/07/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We used the walk as an initial idea, then parked out of Arundel in the village of Warningcamp. We followed the given route to the river Arun then turned left to Houghton, up onto the down at Amberley and back to the car via Burpham.
It was a really lovely walk, with varied scenery and lovely views.
Would recommend.


Walker
on Mon 25 May 2020 09:12:15 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 25/05/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk taking in all sorts of topography and wild life. Rolling Downs, chalk ridges, breath taking valleys and meandering river path. Many buildings of interest on the route. A couple of steep climbs make it unsuitable for people without full mobility.


Walker
on Mon 20 Jan 2020 09:34:17 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 20/01/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The weather was bright and crisp on Saturday when we did it, we took the train to Arundel which made it really easy. This was a stunning walk with great views on the surrounding country side, had a couple of fairly big hills so a little challenging at times depending on fitness levels. The route was clearly marked all the way round, which was great when you've got lots of open countryside and lots of footpaths coming from different directions. It was slightly boggy around the last part on the path closest to the river, but can only be expected after all the rain we've had. All in all a great day was had by all. At the end of the walk we had lunch at the Black Rabbit which is on the river and then a pleasant flat walk back into Arundel, where there are lots of nice pubs and shops to explore. Would recommend this walk giving it a 10 out of 10.


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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