Walks And Walking – West Sussex Walks Arundel Castle to Bognor Regis Walking Route
We stayed in the Premier Inn at the top of the hill just outside of Arundel the day before our family holiday to Butlins Bognor Regis with the plan being for me to walk from Arundel Castle all the way down to the coast to join the rest of the family. I really wanted to get a taste of the West Sussex countryside with a good walk around Arundel and then cut cross-country down to Bognor Regis.
After my 18 mile walk a few days earlier I decided to leave my new Scarpa walking boots at home to give my blisters a chance to recover and with this walk looking like a good 16 miles or so I thought I would stick with my old The North Face boots for this trip. It was really windy so I kept my walking jacket on for most of this walking route and even put my snood and hat on. I thought I would also try out the ViewRanger OpenStreetMap software for this walk, not as good as OS but you get a general idea of the walking route, and I also used my Chichester and The South Downs Landranger Map following a walking route I had plotted out earlier.
From the Premier Inn I walked downhill towards Arundel Castle where I turned right at the signpost to the river after the railway station turning left at the house and then right over the bridge, right again passed the Blackfriars ruins following the track with the river on my right hand side all the way along to the Black Rabbit pub. I continued to walk all the way along the riverside until I reached the church where I turned right at the bridleway signpost turning left at the next bridleway signpost to walk downhill following this track and signposts to the entrance of Arundel Park where I turned left following The Monarch’s Way signposts and climbed uphill to see the magnificent views of Arundel Park and surrounding West Sussex countryside. Continuing to follow The Monarch’s Way signposts I then walked down through the valley to the right and keeping right at the bottom and then up to Hiornes Tower. I then walked across to the lane and walked down to the entrance to Arundel Park turning left on to the road towards Arundel cathedral. At this point I had already clocked up about 8 miles making the Arundel part of the walk quite a good walking route in itself.
I then walked left and then right down Mount Pleasant turning right at the roundabout and right again down Torton Hill Place to the footpath signpost at Canada Road to now follow the clearly marked West Sussex County Council bridleways and public footpath signposts heading westerly all the way to Walberton. I then crossed 3 roads and stiles to then enter Tortington Common where I crossed a footbridge on the way to Binsted Church crossing another footbridge before reaching the B2132 road straight across to the next road and up to Walberton Church turning left at the signpost and then left at the kissing gate keeping right and then straight ahead to the commercial greenhouses where I turned right along Lake Lane. I kept on this road under the railway line at Barnham turning right in to Church Lane down to the church at Barnham Court walking straight down the road to the Public Footpath signpost on my left hand side to the old Portsmouth and Arundel Navigation Swing Bridge remains.
When I reached the river edge I turned right crossing at the footbridge and then walking right to the river edge and then left keeping to the right hand side of the new housing estate where I entered the residential estate at Bognor Regis Golf Club. I then turned left down Downview Road and walked in a southerly direction all the way down to the beach where I turned right to the entrance of Butlins after 17 miles and nearly 6 hours of walking. Walking 35 miles in 2 days had taken their toll as my feet were quite sore and I had a huge blister on my little toe. I had taped up my heels with zinc oxide tape so my heels were fine but I limped around a bit for a day or 2 before strapping them up again for a great walk I did in Slindon Estate National Trust.