Arundel River Walk

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This Arundel river walk is a great Sussex walk that is guaranteed to tire you out! The route starts in the picturesque town of Arundel, heading around Swanbourne Lake and then alongside the River Arun. It’s roughly 17km so make sure to give yourself 4 to 5 hours and pack your bag full of road snacks or, if you’re lucky enough to be enjoying this once all of the restaurants are open again, why not stop and enjoy some delicious food at The Black Rabbit on the way?

As always there are different routes you can take so feel free to make this as long or as short as you like!

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For your next adventure, check out my other walking routes in Sussex.






4 -5 hours



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210 m

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To begin this Sussex walk, head out of the car park and turn right onto Queens Street. At the roundabout turn right onto Mill Road, follow the road until you reach Swanbourne Lake (about 800 meters). Enjoy views of Arundel Castle on your left.

At the lake you can take the path on your left, just after the bridge, to walk all the way around the lake. To skip this part head down the right-hand side of the bridge to take the footpath on the right alongside the River Arun.
If you have decided to take a walk around the lake, once back to the bridge follow the path on the, now, left-hand side.

At the end of this footpath, turn left and follow the path keeping the River Arun on your right. Keep following the path past The Black Rabbit and towards South Stoke. You’re on this path for about 3.3km so take your time and enjoy the scenery; it really is beautiful around here!

Once you have reached South Stoke head left into the tiny village and make a right past the barn onto a public footpath. Follow this path for approximately 1.5km.

Along the path there is a large gate on your left, go through the gate and up the hill, sticking to the path.
Keep following the path until you see a fork in the road, follow the left fork. This will take you along a path with stunning views so take it all in, grab that panoramic photo or stop for a rest and enjoy some road snacks!

Continue straight on the path through Arundel Park and back down towards Swanbourne Lake.
Once you see the edge of the lake and the fork in the road you can either take the lower path to head back to the lake or take the highest path to head into Arundel town.

There is a gate at the end of this path, go through it and head up the steps on your right past Hiorne Tower.

Once past Hiorne Tower head left down London Road and follow it all the way down and into the town (approximately 1.4km).

Now you are back at the roundabout where you started where you can head back down Queens Street to the car. Or, if like us, it’s a beautiful day and you want to walk a little bit more then grab a coffee and turn left back onto Mill Road.

This time, turn right into Mill Road car park and walk through to the public footpath at the end which runs along the River Arun.

Follow this path for about 2km and enjoy the views of the Castle from the edge of the river.

After 2km you will reach the path you took at the beginning of the walk, so turn left and head down the other side of the path this time to go back to Mill Road.

Once on Mill Road turn left and keep walking till you get to the roundabout. Take a left at the roundabout onto Queens Street and head back to the car park.


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