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    Titty Hill & The Rother Valley

    Saturday 16th September

    Distance 12.5 miles, Circular Grade Moderate Start Time 10:30 Host Darren Pearce Start Time GU29 0QQ

    Meeting point: National Trust Car Park, Woolbeding Common, near Redford, West Sussex. Nearest Post Code GU29 0QD


The car park on this walk is quite remote so please check your route before setting off and give yourself plenty of time to find it!!  As a guide, if you're coming from the north, go past the ramshackled Redford Garage on your right on Linch Road and then ignore a small National Trust car park also signed as Woolbeding on your right - don't get confused with this one!!), soon after, take the next road on the left (it's very sharp, almost back on yourself and goes up a steep hill.  The car park is at the top of this hill.  If coming from the south on Linch Road, this road is signposted as Older Hill on your right.

This is a walk of haunting beauty in the fascinating and complex hills and moorlands of West Sussex.

The walk takes in Titty Hill (named after the birds, not the shape of the hill), the Hammer Pond, a Buddhist Retreat and the villages of the Rother Valley. We also visit Henley and the woodlands that surround it.

Our pub stop is towards the end of the walk in Henley, in the form of the lovely Duke of Cumberland so you will need to bring a packed lunch.. There are some nettles and scratchy undergrowth in the woodland near Redford and, in high summer some thick ferns and nettles on the path to Stedham, so consider this if wearing shorts!. Because of the gradients and rough - and occasionally damp - terrain, you will be most comfortable wearing boots. 

Our walk gradings

  • E


    Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

  • L


    Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.

  • M


    Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.

  • S


    Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.

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About our walks

Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.

All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Please remember

  • Bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Bring something to drink, even if the walk has a pub stop. On most full day walks you'll need to bring a picnic lunch. The walk details will show this.
  • If you wish to bring your dog on a walk, you must ask the walk leader in advance as some walks are not suitable for dogs.
  • Please arrive early so that the walk can start on time. We'll wait up to 10 minutes if you let us know you've been delayed en-route.

All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.

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