BillingshurstHorsham

Bilhor one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

12km/8mi

Ascent

105m

Descent

132m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Billingshurst and Horsham.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Billingshurst and Horsham.

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Status

This route has been reviewed by 2 people.

This route has been flagged (2 times) for reasons relating to safety.

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Not verified

Route status - Live

Reviews - 2

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  No (1) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Safety (2)

Downloads - 16

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Maybe present Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

10.0% of the route is on roads (1)

5.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

10.0% of the route is paved (1)

20.0% of the route is muddy (1)

30.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

2.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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1 surveys

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3X January 2022 by Bostal Boy
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

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Start and end points

Billingshurst
Grid Ref TQ0875426114
Lat / Lon 51.02411° / -0.45068°
Easting / Northing 508,754E / 126,114N
What3Words reservoir.grow.gearbox
Horsham
Grid Ref TQ1785530974
Lat / Lon 51.06601° / -0.31939°
Easting / Northing 517,855E / 130,974N
What3Words trunk.wipe.crunch

Bilhor One's land is

Arable 25.5%
Pasture 43.1%
Urban 31.5%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Srsaunders

03 Mar 2024 Winter

This could be a good route and the part from Billingshurst to Horsham is mostly very nice , but I can't recommend it in its current form due to the dangerous and pointless crossing of the A24. Instead it should be routed *under* the A24 along Tower Hill in Christs Hospital. That still requires a short stretch of road with no pavement, but much less dangerous than the alternative (see my photo of the route I walked for how to do that).
One other thing to watch for: part of the route goes across an estate north of New Rd and West of West Chiltington Lane which has some very aggressive 'no public public right of way' signs, which are misleading as you are actually walking a public footpath (whose signs needs some maintenance).
I actually did this on two very different dates: Billingshurst -> CH on 4/11/23 and CH-> Horsham on 17/2/24.

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    JohnMyerson

    03 Apr 2024

    Safer alternative to crossing the A24 is via Two Mile Ash Road (variable footway) and Christs Hospital Road (footway).

  • JohnMyerson

    JohnMyerson

    04 Apr 2024

    I have posted Bilhor two to reflect the changes suggested.

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Bostal Boy

29 Jan 2022 (edited 06 Feb 2022) Winter

I walked from Billingshurst to Horsham on 28th Jan. Heading out to the edge Billingshurst, the paths have all been surfaced, especially where they pass through the large new housing development on the eastern side of the village. From then on the route uses field paths and some short sections of quiet lanes to reach Barns Green at the approximate half-way point. As well as the usual gates, stiles and footbridges, there is a gate (photo #6), that is stuck fast just before Barns Green which I had to climb over. Judging by the muddy footprints on the gate, I wasn't the first.

Barns Green has a pub and village store for refreshments. The green itself has lots of benches to sit and take a rest.

Heading out of Barns Green, the route runs alongside the Arun Valley railway line for a couple of miles up to Christs Hospital school. It then skirts the school grounds and takes off on the final section towards Horsham. In this section, the busy A24 dual carriageway must be crossed. There is no pedestrian bridge or underpass, just a gap in the central reservation. Take care!

Two Mile Ash Road into Horsham is followed for about half a mile. Pedestrians have to use a fairly narrow verge, the road is quite well used by cars.

Overall, the route is well marked on the map and quite straight forward to follow on the ground. The main issue is accessibility. There are stiles and gates and several sets of muddy steps up or down banks which can be slippery. Crossing the A24 requires a degree of nimbleness and good timing. Just before Horsham there is a stepped pedestrian bridge over the railway.

It would be worth looking at whether better routes are possible.


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Distance

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Ascent

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Descent

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