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Southwater

West Sussex


Slow Ways linking Southwater and Billingshurst, Burgess Hill, Horsham, Partridge Green, West Chiltington Common

England / West Sussex / Southwater

Southwater’s five Slow Ways are 70% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 3/5
and surveyed: 2/5

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Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Slow Way Route To do
Billingshurst—Southwater
Bilsou one Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 105m Descent 119m
Southwater—Horsham
Souhor one

Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 55m Descent 69m
Southwater—Partridge Green
Soupar one

Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 53m Descent 86m
Southwater—Partridge Green
Soupar two Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Southwater—Burgess Hill
Soutbur one Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 228m Descent 221m
Southwater—Burgess Hill
Soutbur two

Double check Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 226m Descent 219m
West Chiltington Common—Southwater
Wessou one Survey me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 149m Descent 146m

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Collective progress

68% of Southwater’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

6/7

reviewed

3/7

surveyed

3/7

verified

7 people have contributed to Southwater’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Southwater

75km out of 99km have been walked and reviewed

182km of reviews have been shared in Southwater

Latest Updates

This is quite a long route which took me over four hours (including the detour to the Blue Idol for my lunch stop). North of West Chiltington, the route passes through the extensive Nyetimber vineyards then heads into Old House Lane about a mile further on. The house is a few hundred yards off the route, but is well worth the detour, especially as the peaceful garden is a lovely lunch stop....

Bostal Boy

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You do have to cross a couple of fields disturbing looking "Bull in field" signs but I saw no sign of them. The windmill at West Chilt is nice....

srsaunders

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I did this walk as part of a walk to Shoreham and took the Downs Link practically all the way, the scenery gets better the further South you go....

Strider

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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. A short suburban section takes you to Horsham Station, the town centre is 500m away....

Strider

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Although longs sections of the walk are beautiful and easily followed, there are enough issues on the first half of the route to mark it down to 4*. In Burgess Hill, some of the chosen footpaths are a bit overgrown, little used and really add nothing to the route. Also crossing London Road at the end of Norman Road as shown on the route is tricky. You would be better off crossing at the Royal George traffic lights, then carrying on down Royal George Road, then resuming the route as plotted from Orchard Road....

Bostal Boy

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This route follows the Downslink trail from start to finish. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate along the way, and a nice café at the Southwater end, overlooking the lake at Southwater Country Park....

Bostal Boy

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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....

pilea

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This is almost a brilliant Slow Way (easy to follow and flat), but it's not accurate at the Partridge Green end......

pilea

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We would have walked this Soupar One and the Worste One (Worthing - Steyning) in the same day. This is a great Slow Way, other than Partridge Green end which should be more accurately drawn. I've shared Soupar Two to fix this....

danravenellison

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The route follows the South Downs link which is a flat and easy to follow disused railway line that's used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Loved the trees along the route....

pilea

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I agree with Borstal Boy's comments about the dinosaur in Southwater - it would have been amazing if it was full-scale!...

danravenellison

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danravenellison took this photo on Souhor one

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Southwater—Partridge Green

danravenellison added Soupar two, a new walk from Southwater to Partridge Green

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This is a great Slow Way!...

danravenellison

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Sections on bridleways heavily used by equestrians, particularly in the woods near Southwater, were very churned up....

jgrh14

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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....

dargue

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Bostal Boy surveyed Souhor one

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It leaves Southwater by Blinks Wood and follows various footpaths and bridleways through the woodland of the Dragons Estate. The countryside was peaceful and pretty for the whole route up to and including the outskirts of Billingshurst....

Bostal Boy

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Starting from Horsham station the path follows a series of twittens and quiet streets to reach the green southern margins of the town. 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 Slow Way is well-marked on the map and apart from the section between the houses in Southwater was reasonable well signposted....

Bostal Boy

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Southwater

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Southwater

Didottyd surveyed Southwater

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Billingshurst—Southwater

Slow Ways added Bilsou one, a new walk from Billingshurst to Southwater

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Southwater—Horsham

Slow Ways added Souhor one, a new walk from Southwater to Horsham

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Southwater—Partridge Green

Slow Ways added Soupar one, a new walk from Southwater to Partridge Green

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Southwater—Burgess Hill

Slow Ways added Soutbur one, a new walk from Southwater to Burgess Hill

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Southwater—Burgess Hill

Slow Ways added Soutbur two, a new walk from Southwater to Burgess Hill

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West Chiltington Common—Southwater

Slow Ways added Wessou one, a new walk from West Chiltington Common to Southwater

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Southwater, Mon 22 April

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Southwater’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ1569726274

Lat / Lon

51.02420° / -0.35167°

Easting / Northing

515,697E / 126,274N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Southwater's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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