South Midweek Walk 2021 - 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 continue past, down a pretty lane to the river once more and walk along the bank back to Amberley Station where the walk concludes. In case the river is high was can go an alternative dry route! The official walk will end here.
If we can get an outside table and if they are open and serving food we can stop at the Bridge Inn next to the station for some refreshments after the walk, but this will not be part of the ODL event.
Some of the views on this walk are my favourite in the area.
Photos courtesy 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 something to snack on to keep you going if necessary. Due to Covid restrictions we have to assume we will not be able to get an outside table for a drink and food but never say never.