BIGSumC 2019: Arundel Park viewpoint via Arundel
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This is one of the events organised as part of BIG Summer Camp 2019.
A fairly easy but extremely rewarding 6 mile linear walk with a stunning vista about two-thirds in. Note this is a linear walk, and we will use the train to get to the walk start and then back to base camp.
We start at Ford Station, and wend our way for a mile or so up the tidal River Arun. We reach Arundel, a beautiful and historic yet buzzing town nestled in the South Downs, which will be in full swing with the Arundel Festival. After a brief mooch around the town, we continue on to climb onto the Downs themselves, via the tranquil Arundel Park, passing a folly en route. Eventually the view gives out to a panorama over the Arun Valley running north ahead, and views to the coastal towns looking behind. We will drop down to a shady wooded river path, and end our walk with a pint at the Bridge Inn next to the historic Houghton Bridge near Amberley. We then head back on the train to Angmering station to arrive back at base camp by 3pm.
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers or wellies
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need to bring a packed lunch or buy food at Arundel. Also bring snacks and plenty of water.