On the banks of the Arun

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This walk is further afield than normal but well worth the effort. The broad valley of the river Arun makes a startling contrast to the woods and fields of the Surrey hills. As well as the riverbank and downland we walk through rather strange marshes with moss covered trees. The area is a haven for birds. Even I spotted herons, red kites and swans and I could hear many more in the reed beds and low lying fields.

The walk is longer than our normal distance, about 7 miles, but we can take our time, with a picnic stop at the halfway point.

Some practical details:

on Saturday 24th of March.

The walk will start from Fitzalan Car Park at 10:45, this the first car park you see if you drive from the East. The postcode is BN18 9JG. The station is a short walk away. If you would like to use public transport there is a train from Reigate at 9:15. You need to change at Redhill and Three Bridges. This train arrives at Arundel at 10:30. There is a £4 charge for the car park. You will need to allow about 1 hour 15 minutes for the car journey. Please let me know if and how you are coming. There will be opportunity for car sharing and I don’t want to leave anyone behind because the train is late!

Please bring a picnic and drink for the walk. There are a couple of pubs on the way we can use for ‘loo stops’ but neither is suitable for a quick bite to eat. On the day we did it there were some muddy spots but it was immediately after the snow. We can hope it will be drier but be prepared. The good news is that this is a very flat walk with no big climbs.

When we finish the walk there are plenty of places to share a meal in Arundel. We can decide what to do when we arrive.

Here are some pictures of the walk: