Ardingly Reservoir and the Ouse Valley Viaduct

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This is a delightful walk and except when passing through Brook Street Village and Borde Hill Gardens, you are not likely to meet another soul.

The Ouse Valley Viaduct, built in 1841, never fails to enthral me, despite my having walked around it many times and passed over it hundreds of times on the train, which affords one of the loveliest views in West Sussex. You'll want to spend some time by the tranquil Ardingly Reservoir, particularly if it's your first visit there. The walk takes you by the River Ouse, across open grassland and through woodland.

England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Gift Shop, Mostly Flat, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
10/5/2018 - Iestyn Roberts

Lovely walk in parts but I found the two sections on roads (including Copyhold Lane) disconcertingly busy with fast moving traffic. There's been quite a bit of maintenance work on the footpaths (good!) and many of the stiles have either been renewed or replaced with gates.

7/3/2011 - MICHAEL SEARY

The directions are ambiguous in parts. At point 13 do not cross the stile you can see on the left but carry on to the gate you can see ahead of you and then turn left in order to keep the wood on your left. The refreshment point at point 15 is rather too posh for sweaty walkers. At the end there is a small kiosk by the canoeists where you can get a cup of tea.

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