Two castles, Swanbourne Lake and delightful thatched houses – Arundel to Amberley

Date: 03.06.2017

Start time: 09:50am

Two castles, Swanbourne Lake and delightful thatched houses make this Arundel to Amberley walk a truly fairy tale like experience.

What’s included: guided walk, train tickets, admin fee.


2017-06-03 09:50am

Meeting point

Clapham Junction Station


11.7 miles


Two castles, Swanbourne Lake and delightful thatched houses make this Arundel to Amberley walk a truly fairy tale like experience.

Length: 18.8km (11.7 miles), 5 hours 30 minutes. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 10 hours

Toughness: 7 out of 10.

Meeting point: We will meet at Clapham Junction Station at the main entrance (the one with Sainsbury’s), next to the ticket offices. Look out for the balloon with Curious Kat group’s logo.

Meeting Time: at 09:50 a.m.

We will make our way to the platform at 10:00 a.m. If you are late I’m afraid we will not be able to wait and you will be missing the trip. Of course if you want, you can try to catch up with us at the platform, but the host will be making sure the group gets on the right train, so you will have to figure out the way. Also, you will have to find another way of getting in as I will have your train ticket.

Train*: We will aim to take the 10:08 am train from Clapham Junction, arriving in Arundel at 11:30 am.

*Please note that as the rail network is very unreliable, those details might change depending on the train delays and we may take an earlier or later train. The decision might need to be taken by the leader on the spot to suit the group’s needs. If you do not arrive at the meeting time, we can not guarantee that you will be able to catch up with the group as the leader may not be able to update you about any changes – even if you call or message them, as sometimes the phone network might not be available and often they might be busy taking care of the group. Leader’s priority will always have to be the customers that arrived on time. We add the train details in order to help you out if you have problems getting to the meeting point on time, but take no responsibility for any changes – so the only way to ensure you do not miss out on the event is to arrive on time at the meeting point.

Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately to the weather. We will not cancel the trip unless the conditions make it dangerous for us to make the walk. If the trip was cancelled you would of course be refunded.

It is very difficult to predict exact return time as it depends on the walking speed of the particular group and the choices we make along the way (lunch, route etc). If you decide to join, please consider yourself committed for the day.


We should get to Burpham for around 14:00, half way through the walk. We booked a table in The George at Burpham  and we will stop for lunch here.

What’s included: guided walk, train tickets, admin fee.

What’s excluded: food, drinks.


Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure:

More about the walk: 

The walk starts and ends along the River Arun. It goes up Arundel’s old High Street, lined with ancient buildings, to the Duke of Norfolk’s castle. The Norfolk family have been Roman Catholics for centuries, hence you pass the only church in the UK that is part Catholic and part Protestant (the Catholic part is their chapel, separated off by an iron grille). You pass the Roman Catholic Cathedral then enter the 1,240-acre Arundel Park (the park is closed on March 24th each year, but the public footpaths should remain open on that day). From the Hiorne Tower, you descend to Swanbourne Lake, then go up and through the Park to exit it through a gap in the wall, to walk above the River Arun again. The route leads you to the isolated hamlet of South Stoke, with its unusual church and from there you walk beside the river all the way to the village of Burpham, with its church, and pub – your lunchtime stop. The afternoon’s walk, up, over and down the chalky South Downs, makes for a nice contrast to the morning’s walk. Amberley is a delightful village with many thatched houses, a pub, tea shop and village store, in addition to its castle and church. Next to the railway station is the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.

Please note that we will not be entering the castle grounds. 


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You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance, so please make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and the activities that you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance, you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.



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