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Sussex walk around The Burgh

PUBLISHED: 09:01 13 July 2015

Beautiful views over the village of Amberley from the South Downs Way

Beautiful views over the village of Amberley from the South Downs Way

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Hazel Sillver luxuriates in the secluded expanses of The Burgh on this circular walk near Storrington

The Burgh

If you need some space, head to the wide expanses of The Burgh. Keep your eyes peeled – you might spot rough-legged buzzards, common buzzards, kestrels and pallid harriers soaring over the fields, as well as the long ears of hares popping up through the long grass. The Burgh was once the site of a Saxon hill fort erected to spot Vikings invading from the river.

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Parham House & Gardens

Combine the walk with a trip to Parham (01903 742021; parhaminsussex.co.uk). Explore the Elizabethan house, the fabulous gardens, the pleasure grounds and the church. The estate park is home to 350 fallow deer and some ancient oak trees. The Big Kitchen restaurant serves coffees, cakes and light lunches.

To find Parham, head right on the B2139 and take the first road (Clay Lane) left; then at the junction turn left.

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For a pub lunch

The Sportsman, Rackham (01798 831787; thesportsmanamberley.com) serves tasty lunches and dinners.

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For a cream tea

Amberley Tea Room (01798 839196; amberleyvillagetearoom.co.uk) serves cream teas with home-baked scones. You can walk to it, veering off route at stage four on the map: instead of turning left, before the farm, head straight on, taking the narrow path between fields. 
Go through the gate, down the slope and turn right onto the road. After the corner, head right down the lane. Eventually, cross the main road and walk straight on into Amberley village. To drive there, head left onto the B2139 and after two miles, turn right into Amberley.

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Compass points

• Distance: 5.3m (8.5k) – 2½-3 hours to walk.

• Terrain: Chalk and grass paths, lots of up and down.

• Where to park: In the Kithurst Hill car park, on the Downs above Storrington. To find it, drive south-west out of Storrington and take the first road on the left.

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Route

1 From the car park, head west along the South Downs Way. The wide chalk track runs between fields.

2 After the patch of woodland, the way divides. Maintain direction, taking the right-hand path.

3 Many paths meet at this viewpoint. Continue straight ahead on a narrow path between fields.

4 Go through the gate and down the steep slope. At the bottom of the slope, many paths meet. Take the way sharp left, which soon becomes a grassy track, running alongside fencing, leading you south-east.

5 Head south through the gate, walking through the field, alongside fencing, towards trees.

6 The path swings around a corner, past hedgerow and trees, and downhill to a gate. Go right through the gate, across the field and join the path that slopes up the side of the hill.

7 Go through the gate. You will come to a crossways – head left here, joining a wide chalk track that is flanked by wild flowers.

8 Head right, along another chalk bridleway.

9 At the signpost, head left. The path leads through wide fields.

10 At the bottom of the slope, a path leads right. Ignore this and maintain direction straight ahead, up the hill.

11 At the top of the slope, the way divides. Head left, through the gate. The path leads between fencing and hedgerow.

12 Head right through a gate into the Angmering Park Estate, towards trees. Then after the trees, head left and walk between fields towards more trees in the distance. When the way divides, maintain direction towards the woodland.

13 Walk past oaks and rosebay willowherb, eventually going through a gate. You will eventually hit the South Downs Way – head straight over it, through trees to the car park.

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