Walk - Everyone Welcome (13/10/18) Saturday, 13th October 2018 9:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Walk: Everyone Welcome – A Rother Ramble.

Meet in good time for a 9.45 start from The Swan, 1 Lower Street, Fittleworth, RH20 1EN (Explorer Map 121: TQ010185). If travelling west along the A283 from Pulborough, turn left onto the B2138 signed Fittleworth and the inn is on your right just before you leave the village. Park in front of the inn on the triangle formed by the roads. The Swan will open at 9.15 so that we may have coffee/tea, use their facilities and order a lunch.

The morning walk is a circular one of less than five miles which goes through mainly flat country centred on the River Rother. The soil is sandy so even after heavy rain there is likely to be little mud. Our route takes us through woods, heath and arable land. There are only two stiles. We will visit St Agatha’s church at Coates, parts of which date back to the 12th century. Part of Coates is an SSSI as there are populations of the rare field cricket breeding there. Also, nightjars and Dartford warblers breed on the heathlands. Hesworth Common is home to adders, grass and smooth snakes.

The afternoon walk is a circular one of two and a half miles. We pass through the hamlet of Egdean, and look at the 15th century church of St Bartholomew, then continue through arable fields back past Fittleworth House and over Hesworth Common back to the Swan.

Given fine weather, there are excellent views of the surrounding countryside on both of the walks. You are welcome to join us for either or both of the walks.

Walk led by John and Penny (Tel: 01403 254047 or 07989 375111 on the day).