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Whiteways & Arundel - Dist: approx 7 miles, 11km. Time: approx 4 hours. The walk involves some steep slopes and parts can be muddy.

There are short sections along roads. If a red flag is flying in Arundel Park the rifle range is in use. No dogs are allowed in The Park.


1. Start from Whiteways car park (TQ 003 018). Follow the bridleway from the north-east gate, opposite the road entrance. After 200 metres, take the path to the right. Arriving at a field turn right along another track up to the road. Cross carefully and follow the path across the field.


2. Entering the trees you join an old trackway descending the hill, passing the car park and arriving at a gap. Cross over and turn right up the road. Turn left over the first stile you come to straight across and go the field and the next stile.


3. The path descends some steep steps to the river's edge. Growing on both sides you will find hart's-tongue fern and ramsons. The river is tidal and one of the fastest flowing in England. Many people and animals have drowned in it so please be careful. Turn right and follow the path to the grass clearing.


4. These chalk pits are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Chalk was quarried from the cliffs and ferried down stream as rock or lime. If you take the last path into the quarry, after 10 metres you will find a lime kiln on the right. Continue on beside the river. At high tide the path may be flooded. The stone wall marks the boundary of Arundel Park.


5. As the bridleway turns away from the river take the footpath to the right, through the wall. No dogs are allowed in the park. Follow the path up the hill beside the fence to a track. Go right, bearing left at the junction.


6. Near the summit you reach a stile beside a gate. Here you can look into the valley. On a clear day Amberley Castle is visible beyond Houghton. Cross the stile and head towards the right hand corner of the wood in front of you. Follow the woodland edge to a footpath sign and here turn right. Head across the field between the evergreen oaks and the fence. When the fence         turns right just continue on across the field and valley, which is an SSSI. At the path junction continue up the opposite slope. To your left is Swanbourne lake.


7. At the top of the slope is the Hiorne Tower, built in 1790 by the architect Francis Hiorne. Cross the stile into the wood and follow the fence to your right. Cross over the "gallop", pass the tower and aim to the left of the house. On reaching a road, turn left and follow it out of the park through the right hand gates, past the forge and onto the main road.


8. To your left is Arundel Cathedral, built in 1876. Turn right and walk out of town. Follow the A284 up the hill. The pavement becomes a little overgrown. By an entrance cross the road and follow the track, over a stile by a gate and past a footpath to your left. You are now entering Rewell Wood, a Site of Nature Conservation Importance.


9. Follow the track into a dip where it forks left beside some meadows. The path passes through some yew trees, bears left past old boundary beech trees and on through Forestry Commission pine plantations. Notice the difference between the mixed woodland and the pine plantations. Keep straight on, crossing all tracks.


10. Eventually you come to a gate, called Yew Tree Gate. Go through this. Do not take the path to the left but descend the steep slope directly in front of you to Fairmile Bottom. This is an SSSI and a Local Nature Reserve.

At the base is a cafe and a road.


11. Cross the road and follow the bridleway opposite, which turns to the right along the field edge. Go straight on into the woodland and round to the left until you come out onto a minor road. Turn right and follow the road up the hill to the ditched gateway. This is the picnic area and Whiteways Car Park is beyond it.