SouthwaterHorsham

Souhor one
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Verified Slow Way

Verified by 80.00% of reviewers

By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

8km/5mi

Ascent

55m

Descent

69m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Southwater and Horsham.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Southwater and Horsham.

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Status

This route has been reviewed by 5 people.

This route has been flagged (1 times) for reasons relating to access.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 5

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (4) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

Downloads - 13

Surveys

What is this route like?

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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.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 2 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (2)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (2)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (2)
Not present at time of survey Restaurant (2)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (2)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (2)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (2)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (2)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (2)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (2)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (2)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (2)
Not present at time of survey Train station (2)
Not present at time of survey Bench (2)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (2)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (2)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (2)

Challenges

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

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (2)
Not present at time of survey Wading (2)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (2)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (2)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (2)
Very slippery (0)
Very muddy (0)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Long grass sections (0)
Maybe present Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (2)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Stiles (0)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (2)
Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (0)
Flights of steps (0)
Present at time of survey Gates (2)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (2)
Cycle barriers (0)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (2)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (2)
Not present at time of survey Fords (2)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (2)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (2)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (2)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (2)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (2)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (2)
Walking on verges beside roads (0)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (2)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (2)
Cattle possible (0)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (2)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (2)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (2)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (2)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (2)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (2)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (2)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (2)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (2)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (2)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Free of stiles (0)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (2)
Free of flights of steps (0)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (2)

Measurements

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

The narrowest part of the path is 42.0cm (2)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 12.0% (2)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 10.0% (2)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 5.0% (2)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (2)

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.

12.5% of the route is on roads (2)

8.5% of the route is lit at night (2)

13.0% of the route is paved (2)

42.5% of the route is muddy (2)

20.0% of the route is over rough ground (2)

7.5% of the route is through long grass (2)

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2 surveys

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3X October 2021 by Bostal Boy
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4X March 2023 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Southwater
Grid Ref TQ1569726274
Lat / Lon 51.02420° / -0.35167°
Easting / Northing 515,697E / 126,274N
What3Words parent.ringers.twinge
Horsham
Grid Ref TQ1785530974
Lat / Lon 51.06601° / -0.31939°
Easting / Northing 517,855E / 130,974N
What3Words trunk.wipe.crunch

Souhor One's land is

Pasture 49.7%
Urban 50.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Strider

26 Mar 2023 Spring

I walked from Southwater to Horsham.
There are lots of backstreet snickets through woods avoiding roads taking you out of Southwater. The paths were narrow and rooty in places and quite muddy, in summer, if the hedges are not trimmed it will become narrower still in places. Anemones, celandine, violets and primroses lined the wooded paths, lots of green bluebell shoots.
Paradoxically as you leave the town the paths become less muddy, wider, better maintained and fenced in. Biodiversity diminishes to monoculture trees and grass.
A short suburban section takes you to Horsham Station, the town centre is 500m away.
Some walking on very quiet lanes. Crossing the A24 takes patience, but there are large gaps in the traffic periodically.
Lots of stiles, gates, and narrow boardwalks make this unsuitable for wheels.


Pilea

26 Mar 2022 Spring

I enjoyed walking this route, but am sure someone local could share an alternative that would be more direct and possibly better in other ways too. I think it is certainly good enough to be in the Slow Ways network - it can just be bettered!

It's a shame the A24 splits Easteds Lane from Reeds Lane.


Danravenellison

25 Mar 2022 Spring

This Slow Way does the job and is a perfectly good and reasonable way to get between Southwater and Horsham, with some really delightful bits too.

I think someone local could create a better route option that would be more direct and accessible.

The wooded footpath snaking through suburban Southwater was great to see.

I agree with Borstal Boy's comments about the dinosaur in Southwater - it would have been amazing if it was full-scale! Still, better have a smaller dinosaur than no dinosaur.


Dargue

26 Nov 2021 (edited 27 Jun 2023) Autumn

Good route. There's a section near Horsham between Gorings Mead and Chesworth Farm that isn't great for accessibility (see pic). This could be avoided by going via Queensway to the west.

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    Misterw

    09 Jun 2021

    Going via Queensway looks like a slightly shorter option so I would choose that.

    For info, going from Horsham, turn right on Brighton Road (rather than left). Turn left onto Queensway. Walk to end (where road turns right) and turn left, through gate. That joins onto the route as shown.

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Bostal Boy

23 Oct 2021 (edited 06 Feb 2022) Autumn

Horsham to Billingshurst via Southwater on 22/10/2021. Leg One HORSOU.

Starting from Horsham station the path follows a series of twittens and quiet streets to reach the green southern margins of the town. After a narrow wooden boardwalk with a gate at the end, you find yourself in a field called "Jenny Bare Legs", part of the Chesworth Farm site.

The route then crosses the River Arun by the moat at Chesworth and picks up a fairly wide and well-used bridleway. This skirts Denne Park on one side and the green steel fencing surrounding the fields of Bourne Hill House on the other. There is pleasant easy walking along Pedlar's Way, then through Blunts Wood to Jackrel's Farm. A short section along a quiet lane then follows, after which the path changes direction to head north on a footpath parallel to the A24. This section is in danger of getting overgrown and my secateurs came in handy to trim overhanging brambles and hawthorn. A roadbridge then takes you over the main road to the outskirts of Southwater.

The final mile follows a sad series of remnant footpaths between the high-fenced back gardens of modern housing estates. This is a bit of anticlimax to what was until that point quite a nice walk. The destination at Lintot civic centre provides shops, cafes etc. It also has an interesting sculpture of an iguanodon on a plinth of Southwater bricks. Sadly the dinosaur was not full scale which would have made a really impressive feature.

This Slow Way is well-marked on the map and apart from the section between the houses in Southwater was reasonable well signposted. It is a fairly short route, but there are no stops for provisions or refreshments along the way.

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    Danravenellison

    25 Mar 2022

    I would have loved a full-scale dinosaur too!

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