South Midweek Walk 2019 - Amberley Circular
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Join Justin and Matt for a circular walk along the South Downs Way. We head out over Houghton Bridge (a grade II listed structure) and walk along the banks of the Arun, over the wetlands, before climbing up the reasonable gradient along the side of Coombe Wood on Bury Hill (from 0 to 145m above sea level). We cross the A29 and walk along a parallel path (passing Mill Ball - a Bowl Barrow https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1008213 no longer visible). We then join the Monarch's Way, clipping Whiteways Plantation and head back down the slope. We pass High Down Hill Viewing point and then pop out of the tree cover to emerge by The George and Dragon, http://www.thegeorgeanddragonhoughton.co.uk with parts of its building dating back to the 13th century. It claims to have hosted Charles II in 1651, fleeing his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. We will stop here for some food (not battles hopefully) and great views on their terrace (weather and space permitting). After a meal and a pint we head down a pretty lane to the river once more and walk along the bank back to Amberley Station where the walk concludes.
Note this walk closes at 12.30pm on the day of the walk. The attendance list is then locked.
Some of the views on this walk are my favourite in the area.
Photos curtesy of www.southdownswalking.com
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What to bring
Water: bring at least 500ml
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
Food & drink
Bring water and snacks to keep you going. We intend to eat at the George and Dragon part way round the walk, outside on their terrace if room and warm enough. The Bridge in is a back up pub in case we can't eat at George.