The walk gives an opportunity to explore the town, a haven for antique and art collectors, before heading out across the beautiful Shimmings Valley to reach the village of Byworth and returning to Petworth alongside the small meandering river. The views across the Shimmings Valley are stunning throughout the year. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex.
The walk has several steady but long gradients throughout and there are a couple of steeper short slopes that can be a little slippery after wet weather. There are several kissing gates throughout plus 6 stiles (a couple of the stiles are tall with mesh wire fencing across so dogs may need a lift over). Some of the fields are likely to be holding horses. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Petworth town is located at the junction of the A272 (Heathfield to Winchester road) and the A283 (Milford to Shoreham-by-Sea road). The walk starts from the war memorial in front of St Mary’s Church on Church Street in the centre of the village. Parking is available in the town car park or the National Trust Petworth House or Petworth Park car parks, all of which are just a short walk from the village centre. Approximate post code of start point GU28 0AE.