A suggested start of the walk is at Warnham Local Nature Reserve. Going clockwise, the route follows Chennells Brook and later picks up the Horn Brook near Leechpool Woods.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Go onto Warnham Road towards Horsham and turn left at Pondtail Road. Continue under a railway bridge and past The Rising Sun pub. On the right side of the road, opposite Gorringes Brook, the walk continues alongside the river. Go straight across at Cook Road and turn left onto North Heath Lane. On the right take the path next to the river and follow this to Rusper Road.
(1) Go left up Rusper Road and turn right at the roundabout into Lemmington Way. At Bartholomew Way, turn left and go around to the left of Roffey FC building and over the footbridge. Follow a path to the right which leads to the railway line and goes under and back along the other side of the dual carriageway. Where the path opens up turn right to keep to the left hand edge of the field. Reach the footbridge and turn across the next field. Follow the path to the right and along to a metal barred gate and follow the track to the right past Owlscastle Farm.
(2) Go right along Wimland Road and carefully cross the rail crossing and up to the A264. Cross both carriageways carefully to join a footpath on the other side. Turn left into Old Crawley Road, go past New House Farm and continue straight ahead until you reach some houses.
(3) Go up the pathway between some houses and follow it up a hill and into a gap in the trees. Go straight ahead through woods and across a field before entering trees again.
(4) Follow the path to Rowan Way and left into Beech Road and again left at the roundabout onto Forest Road. About 200 metres on the right turn into ‘Pinetops’ and follow the path going left of a house. This leads down across a small field, through trees and down to a made up path. Follow this past a notice board, downhill and follow the large sign for ‘Leechpool Woodland Walk’ pointing to the right. Pass Leechpool Pond on the left and at a cross path continue straight ahead. This leads to a boardwalk, back to a path, and left where two posts point downhill. Cross the river on the boardwalk, which carries on to criss-cross the river, with a final bridge leading up to some steps to a path which leads to Hampers Lane.
(5) Turn right and after 50 metres turn left and before the other side of the field turn left again. The path follows the river and runs parallel with Bens Acre and Grebe Crescent. Continue on this uneven path eventually passing 3 bench seats (100m apart) and over a bridge where the path goes right to meet up with Hammerpond Road.
(6) Turn right up Hammerpond Road and turn left into Ghyll Crescent. Follow the alleyway between Nos 9 and 10 to Dickins Way, which goes around to the right and up to St Leonards Road. Turn left and left again into Sandeman Way. Between Nos 18 and 20 follow an alleyway down to the Brighton Road and carefully cross to the opposite path. Bear right after 200 metres and go behind the gardens of houses on the right.
(7) Turn left at Kerves Lane and after 150 metres go right through a gate and across a field. On the other side go through the swing gate, turn right and pass viewing areas. Where the track meets another track go straight ahead onto a path. Turn right onto another track that leads to the right side of Chesworth Farm buildings. This path leads onto the junction of Queensway and Chesworth Lane (alternatively there is a signposted short detour to the left that can be followed to go alongside the river and back to this main path). Follow Chesworth Lane ahead and under a railway bridge.
(8) Turn left at Denne Road and before the next railway bridge go right onto a footpath that goes alongside the river. Turn right over the next footbridge and continue with the river on your left to Tan Bridge. Continue on the other side of the Worthing Road, to the left of Staples store, and after the footbridge turn right. Follow this path with the river on your right past buildings.
(9) Go left into Blackbridge Lane and past the school turn right into Arunside. At the end of this road follow the path past a seat and across grass. On the other side the path continues to Shandys Close and then turn right into Hills Farm Lane. Turn left after the bridge onto a path that rejoins the riverside. Continue for some way with the river on your left side, past The Boulevard, and onto Hills Farm Lane again, passing Tanbridge School. Turn left and follow this up to Guildford Road. Turn left and use the pedestrian crossing to continue on the other side.
(10) Keep the river on the left for some way and houses on the right. Cross a footbridge and after 400m follow the path past another footbridge and up and to the right, carefully around a golf tee. Continue up to Warnham Road and turning left leads to Warnham Local Nature Reserve (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 135ft - Car park
1 : mi 1.74 - alt. 184ft - Rusper Road
2 : mi 3.5 - alt. 217ft - Wimland Road
3 : mi 3.92 - alt. 253ft - Pathway
4 : mi 5.01 - alt. 295ft - Rowan Way
5 : mi 6.38 - alt. 226ft - Hampers Lane
6 : mi 7.25 - alt. 194ft - Hammerpond Road
7 : mi 8.17 - alt. 157ft - Kerves Lane
8 : mi 9.18 - alt. 141ft - Denne Road
9 : mi 9.87 - alt. 121ft - Blackbridge Lane
10 : mi 11.25 - alt. 121ft - Farthing Bridge
D/A : mi 12.42 - alt. 138ft - Car park
The Riverside Walk is open all year round but paths can be muddy and slippery at any time. Following heavy rain parts can be flooded, especially in winter. Please take care.
Dogs should be kept under proper control at all times.
The walk is signposted in both directions and is described below in a clockwise direction.
There are interpretation boards at each of the six sections giving guidance, illustrations of wildlife and nearby places of interest. These boards describe an anti-clockwise directional walk. A north directional compass bearing is indicated with a path guide on each board.
More detailed walk maps with interesting local facts can be found on our website – http://www.horsham.community/
Car parks : Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Roosthole, Leechpool and Owlbeech Wood and Main town car parks. Be aware of car park opening times before setting off.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Horsham : First recorded in AD947 as a place or settlement (ham) where horses were grazed. The spelling of Horsham has remained constant over the centuries however stories of the name’s origin have proliferated. For example, it has been suggested that Horsham was named after the Saxon prince ‘Horsa’, or that so many horseshoes were produced in the local iron works for Edward I’s army that the name reflected this. Another story was that the Wealden mud was so thick in the town that it came up to horses hams or flanks.
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