3.4 of 5 (11 votes)

Amberley, Burpham and North Stoke

A moderate walk (countryside) in national park South Downs in West Sussex, England, about 11.70km (7.27 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 179m (587ft)
Descent 182m (597ft)
Max. Elevation 190m (623ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 361m (1184ft)
Start & End
Amberley Station
Distance 11.70km
Duration ~3:45h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 17 Jun 2012
This circular walk is one of a series of car-free walking and cycling routes provided by the South Downs National Park Authority. For more of their routes, visit: www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoying/walks-and-rides This walk has several interesting features. Burpham Village is steeped in history. It is positioned on the site of one of the five forts built by King Alfred the Great between Chichester and Lewes to defend the country from Danish raiders, hence the name ‘Burgh’ for fort and ‘ham’ for village. Local tip: Burpham is pronounced ‘Burrfam’. You can clearly see where the River Arun carved out its channel through the chalk. Nowadays flood banks confine what was once a wild and wandering river.St Mary’s Church, North Stoke is set in a secluded location near the River Arun. It remains virtually unaltered since medieval times.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid TQ025117
From Amberley Station turn right then go past the museum. There is a footpath on the far side of this busy road.
OS Grid TQ027122
Turn right up High Titten onto the South Downs Way (SDW).
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TQ033125
Turn off the road at the timber chicane and follow the SDW to Rackham Banks.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid TQ051125
At Rackham Bank earthworks turn right down the side of the wood.
About 1.73 km (~1.07 miles) from
OS Grid TQ055122
At this complex junction turn right then keep going; ignore the bridleway to the left a few metres further on.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid TQ048113
Keep following the path heading southwest. For a shorter route, take the next turning right. Follow the path until you meet the little lane which comes up from North Stoke and ends at the metal gate near Canada barns. Follow this lane until you pick up the route again in North Stoke.
About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid TQ040100
Follow the bridleway to the right, then bear left at the wood and follow the bridleway through to Peppering High Barn.
About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
OS Grid TQ043091
Take the second right into Burpham, then turn right at the junction.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid TQ038089
Just past the church turn up the tarmac lane to the right.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TQ036093
At Peppering Farm leave the road at the corner and carry on down the bridleway.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TQ034098
At the edge of the flat floodplain, turn right and follow the bridleway along the foot of the wooded banks.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid TQ031106
Follow the bridleway up the hill and along the road.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid TQ022107
At the junction, you can carry on to see St Mary’s church, North Stoke, then retrace your route back to the junction and take the road downhill back to Amberley Station.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid TQ024117
Follow the footpath back to Amberley Station. The Bridge Inn is a good sport for a drink while waiting for the train.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from

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