Meander with the River Arun along the South Downs Way, past wetlands, thatch cottages and country pubs, to the sunny coastal gem of Littlehampton.
Often overlooked due to the area’s busy international airport, this route has a lot more to offer than just a gateway to overseas.
Walkers will love easy access to South Downs National Park with three stations along Arun Valley Three offering unparalleled access to the South Downs walks and wildlife.
A highlight of the route is the charming town of Arundel with it's shops, galleries and gothic cathedral. Be sure to pay a visit to Arundel Castle, that's well-worth the walk uphill through the town. This imposing castle can also be seen by the train.
Looking to organise a group visit to Arun Valley? Take a look at our dedicated group travel page and download the Arun Valley group itinerary here.
This route is supported by Southeast Communities Rail Partnership. Learn more about community rail & this growing grassroots movement through Community Rail Network.
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Working narrow-gauge railway at Amberley Museum
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Chichester and Littlehampton are accessible from the A27 and Gatwick is on the A23 road.
Chichester and Gatwick are well served by buses.
There are frequent trains from London to Gatwick Airport, the start of the line. From Brighton, you can take the West Coastway trains to Chichester.
Gatwick Airport is directly on the Arun Valley Line.
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A short 15-minute walk from Horsham Railway Station will bring you to the heart of this historic market town. Alternatively catch the Metrobus from near the railway station to Horsham Bus Station or Albion Way, a 5-minute ride that delivers you to the historic town centre.
Enjoy browsing the quaint shops and exploring the thriving market scene including antiques, arts and crafts and local produce. Visit on a Saturday for the biggest selection.
Discover the area's rich heritage and local art collections at the Horsham Museum & Art Gallery before taking a picturesque walk along the River Arun, through lush woodlands and rolling fields.
Walk into the town centre from the station following the signs and using the underpass. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat with many using local produce.
Explore nearly 1,000 years of history at the magnificent Arundel Castle. Marvel at the impressive Gothic style architecture, discover the beautiful Earl's Garden and climb the steps to the keep to be rewarded with panoramic views of the River Arun, the sea, the town and the South Downs.
Step back in time and experience life through the ages as you explore the award-winning Arundel Museum, located across from the castle.