The Midhurst Way is a 'new' long-distance route from Arundel to Midhurst, West Sussex. At just over 19 miles from start to finish the route is only suitable for experienced walkers. Walkers need to be fit, resourceful, able to read a map well and adaptable. It is not a mindless trudge. You need to keep your wits about you and keep plenty of time in hand for route stops and other reasons. The Start Point is Arundel Station with the finish at North Street Bus Station in Midhurst, which is adjacent to Capron House, The South Downs National Park HQ.
A small group of local 'explorers' headed by John Trueman and his wife Rosemary have, over the years, stitched together a range of different walks in West Sussex, utilising existing tracks, paths and lanes which are public rights of way. The Midhurst Way was first walked by John and Rosemary in 1977 and has since become an ever more popular long-distance walk in the South Downs National Park.
Planned as a two-day adventure for Londoners and others from the UK and abroad who prefer to travel lightly and use public transport, most walkers are expected to start their journey at Victoria Station and to travel to Arundel by train. An overnight stop-over in the Coultershaw or Tillington area should prove popular. The return journey to London would start at Midhurst Bus Station and thence by train from Haselmere to Waterloo.
Those walkers wanting to have a three day adventure could have a stop-over in Midhurst or Easebourne and continue to Haslemere station over The Haslemere to Midhurst Walk which starts at the North St Car Park and finishes at Haslemere Station and goes via Easebourne, Henley, Fernhurst. 9.5 miles in length, the Haslemere to Midhurst walk is also a one-day outing in its own right with a return to Haslemere by taxi or bus. Trains from London Waterloo to Haslemere are frequent with a journey time of approximately an hour.
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