Around and About Wisborough Green

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River Arun © Dave Spicer
Wisborough Green © Colin Smith
St Peter ad Vincula © Ben Gamble

This walk, at a little over 5.5 miles, is best done in the dry summer months as we wander through water meadows and they are...just that!

From the village of Wisborough Green we head north east to meet the Wey and Arun Canal and the river Arun. The trail then follows the Wey-South path beside the canal before returning to Wisborough Green from the south.

From the pub, take Newpound Lane heading towards the school. Immediately after the school entrance turn right to take you over a stile by a metal gate in to a field and walk up the right hand side up to the next stile.

Cross the stile taking you past the church to a small gate on to a metal road and walk down to the main road. Cross over to a metal bridle path/driveway and stay ahead for 1/2 a mile to Harsfold Farm (TQ052248).

Upon reaching a track, stay ahead and continue, past the farm buildings out on to open land. When the bridle path divides, take the left fork down and through a metal gate to then take you over the River Arun, shortly to reach three gates - on your left, right and across the path. Turn left here over the stile. You are now on the Wey-South Path.

With the disused Wey and Arun Canal on you right, within 0.5 mile you will reach Lordings Floodgate and Bridge. Cross the bridge to walk along the other side of the canal to shortly reach and cross a metal-bottomed wooden footbridge (Do not go in to the field).

Continue along the side of the canal to cross another footbridge emerging in to the field through a kissing gate. Keep to the left, hugging the hedge and within 20 yds cross another footbridge over the river via another kissing gate.

Continue to walk past Lordings Lock. Within 20 yds cross a stile out in to the meadow. Maintain your direction and, hugging the left hand side of it, walk seamlessly in to another (cultivated) meadow. In the corner of this second one, turn left over a stile and through the undergrowth.

With the river now on your right stay on the footpath in to woodland emerging, via a stile in to a cow field. Stay ahead through the field, the river soon looping off to you right. Cross in to another field, all the while hugging the left hand side and continue, staying in the field and eventually over a stile, all the way up to the road at Newbridge.

Cross the road via two metal gates and continue ahead alongside the canal.

Continue for nearly 3/4 mile past Northlands Lift Bridge and over two stiles to reach Rowner Lock. Turn left over Rowner Bridge (away from the Wey South Path). Veer right, following the bridle path and continue ahead in the direction of the overhead cables keeping to the right hand side of the field.

Go through the metal gate to exit the field with a house (Paplands Farm TQ065271) on your left and continue ahead and then up the driveway to emerge on to the road.

Cross over the road to walk down Newpound Lane to find The Cricketers after a mile.

Location

The trail starts at The Cricketers public house in the centre of Wisborough Green. The village is located beside the A272 between Petworth and Billingshurst. The nearest railway station is in Billingshurst.

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