This is an interesting walk taking in diverse aspects of the countryside. There are several stiles in the second half and not all are dog-friendly, and a gradual incline at the end, but on the whole the route is pretty flat. The walk is best in spring and summer as the ground can be waterlogged in winter, and part of the path through the water channels can get overgrown but persevere – it’s worth it! On the way back are two good pubs: The Sportsman with good views over The Wildbrooks, and The Black Horse in the centre of the village.
5.5mi / 8.9km
Start / finish
Amberley village centre (junction of School Rd & Church St)
—From Angmering it takes about 20 minutes to drive to the start.
—Make your way to Amberley by taking the A27 as far as Arundel, then taking the A284, then the B2139, which you turn off into Amberley / onto School Road, where you can park and the walk starts.
—Putting ‘School Road Amberley’ into your sat nav will get you there if you need additional assistance.
- Walk along Church Road and take the first right turn onto Hog Lane (1, 1a), then the left turn between the houses and down the slope onto the footpath (1b).
- You’ll stay on this path all the way through Amberley Wildbrooks. It starts off wide and chalky, goes between trees and then starts to narrow as it goes through a more waterlogged area, defined by wooden boards and tall vegetation all around (2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2h).
- Eventually the path emerges into open landscape again and you cross a wooden bridge over a small stream (3).
- Cross the open land, with mature trees on your right, and turn left through the gate (4).
- Follow the path (4a), bearing right along a stony lane (4b) and a cottage on the right. At the T junction, turn left (5), following the footpath sign.
- Walk through the farm on the twisting track (5a, 5b). Soon you’ll pass a small place called The Cabin — just past here, take the footpath going off to the left (6) into the trees, soon emerging onto the river bank (6a).
- When you reach Greatham Bridge, turn right (7) onto Brook Lane. This is a generally quiet country road (7a) but doesn’t have a pavement, so keep well to the side.
- After passing Wayside Cottages (7b) you’ll reach a junction — turn right (8) onto Greatham Road and follow it down, pass dwellings (8a), until you reach a signposted footpath going off to the right (9, 9a), heading into trees.
- The footpath narows and soon you’ll see fields on the right (9b), with great views over the floodplain.
- After a while you’ll see a wooden bridge (10) – cross over it and soon you’ll reach the picturesqe Rackham Mill (10a). Just beyond, go over the stile leading into the woods (11).
- This path is diverse (11a, 11b, 11c, 11d, 11e), changing in nature fairly frequently, with stiles, narrow plank bridges and a grassy track. Just keep following the footpath signs and you won’t go wrong.
- Eventually the path cuts through the middle of a field (12), rising steadily upwards until it joins a road. Turn right onto the road (13), and keep following it until you eventually arrive back in Amberley village.
- A left turn at The Black Horse will put you on the High Street, which after a few yards becomes School Road, where you parked.
The numbered images below correspond to the above directions.