Pulborough – Wiggonholt – RSPB Reserve - Pulborough

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After you leave Pulborough this is very much a 'get away from it all' walk. Most of the walk is through ancient meadowland and it also skirts the RSPB nature reserve of Pulborough Brooks, a designated Site of Scientific Interest (for its wildlife).

The area walked through supports an abundance of wildlife, especially river and wetland birds. Leaving aside the more common swans, ducks, moorhens, herons etc and depending on the time of year, you may well see lapwing, wigeon and teal. There is also a herd of Highland cattle used to keep the meadowland in order.

The RSPB Centre is well worth a visit (shop, cafe, toilets which may be used without paying to enter the RSPB Reserve). The reserve has reasonable entry charges to enjoy their extensive grounds. It is open 9am to 5pm every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Also worth a visit is the beautiful 12th Century Norman church at Wiggonholt. It is one of the oldest small Norman churches to survive.

There are two pubs and a tea shop in Pulborough.

NB: walk revised July 2012 to reflect the replacement of most stiles by gates (this appears to be an ongoing process). The revision also reflects the removal (by vandals?) of a few public footpath signs; I have altered the descriptions where this has happened. If on the walk you notice any changes please let me know either via WalkingWorld or in the comments. Thank you, Martin.

This walk was originated by Martin O'Keeffe. Walkingworld is delighted to welcome Keith and Ing-Marie Beldam as the new contributors now taking care of Martin's walks from May 2014. Walkingworld, admin and members, would like to say a huge thank you to Martin for all his excellent contributions over the years.

England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
16/08/2021 - George Malcolm Tyrrell

Walked on 12/08/2021. Pleasant walk, with no muddy parts. 2 corrections to navigation notes: At Point 25. At the corner of the field continue along the RIGHT edge of the field to a stile in bushes. Point 27 (at the main road). Grid Ref: East 062 (06175 to be precise) (Guide gives East 061)

01/08/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Martin O'Keefe for his updates and some replacement photos for this walk. July 2012. Adrian (Admin)

28/06/2012 - Sarah Sinclair

An excellent walk & dog friendly albeit on a lead at times.

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