GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fittleworth Walks

2 miles (3.3 km)

This historic West Sussex village is located near Pulborough in theDistrict of Chichester.
This walk takes you around Fittleworth Common and Hesworth Common where there are some peaceful woodland trails to explore. There's a handy car park on Hesworth Common where you can start the walk. Part of the route uses the Serpent Trail which runs through the village. The long distance, waymarked path is a good way to further explore the area.
At the southern end you can visit Fittleworth Bridge over the River Rother Navigation. Near here there's an historic 14th century pub for some refreshments.
Please scroll down for the full list of walks near and around Fittleworth. The detailed maps below also show a range of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths in the area.

Fittleworth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Fittleworth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Fittleworth

  • Pulborough - This large village is located on the northern edge of the South Downs in the Horshamdistrict ofWest Sussex
  • Serpent Trail - This walk runs from Haslemere to Petersfield through the beautiful Sussex greensand hills
  • Wey South Path - Follow the Wey River and the Wey and Arun Canal on this wonderful waterside walk through Surrey and Sussex
  • Amberley Circular Walk - The delightful village of Amberley is located at the foot of the South Downs,in the Horsham District of West Sussex
  • Amberley to Arundel - A popular riverside walk along the River Arun from Amberley to Arundel
  • Parham House - Explore the parkland and gardens surrounding this Elizabethan House near Storrington and Amberley
  • Slindon Estate - The Slindon Estate is a fantastic place for walkers and cyclists with miles of footpaths and bridleways to follow through the 1400 hectare estate
  • Eartham Woods - This large area of beech woodland near Slindon has some nice footpaths to follow
  • Storrington - This picturesque small town in West Sussex is in a nice position on the northern edge of the South Downs
  • Knepp Castle - The Knepp Castle Estate is a fine place for walking with miles of trails to follow
  • West Chiltington - This delightful little Sussex village has a number of pretty cottages with well kept gardens, a smock windmill, 17th century stocks, winding lanes and an ancient 12th century church to admire.
  • Rackham Woods - This circular walk explores Rackham Woods on the South Downs,in the Horsham District of West Sussex.

Pubs/Cafes

The Swan, located on the north side of the Rother Navigation, is a coaching inn, possibly tracing its history to the late 14th century.
Today, this establishment operates as a family-run pub, known for its fine food and drink served in a comfortable setting. Across the road, there's a haycart arch bearing the pub's name. The walls inside are adorned with numerous paintings depicting the local scenery, many of which were given as payment for accommodation, a practice that ceased in 1920. The hotel section features corridors with low ceilings. Notably, the pub was frequented by Edward Elgar, the renowned music composer, and Hubert Parry, famous for composing 'Jerusalem'. Rudyard Kipling, another regular guest, is honoured with quotes from his 'Jungle Book' embellishing the beams in the bar. In 1924, the Ancient Order of Frothblowers was founded here, adopting the motto 'Lubrication in Moderation'. This group focused on fundraising for disadvantaged children, but their activities ceased as the prohibition movement gained traction in Parliament.
The Swan has 12 en-suite rooms located in the main building and four cottage rooms in the old stable block. Many rooms retain original features and are decorated in a traditional style. You can find them at postcode RH20 1EN.

Photos

Fittleworth cottage 1

Sorrels Cottage, a thatched cottage in Fittleworth, West Sussex, England. 17th century or earlier, Grade II listed.

Farmland at Fittleworth - geograph.org.uk - 4133707

Farmland at Fittleworth

Fittleworth Common - geograph.org.uk - 4131079

Fittleworth Common

Woods near Car Park, Fittleworth - geograph.org.uk - 4131051

Woods near Car Park, Fittleworth

Hesworth Common - geograph.org.uk - 2427043

Hesworth Common

Horses in farm near Fittleworth - geograph.org.uk - 4133713

Horses in farm near Fittleworth

Fittleworth Bridge

Fittleworth Bridge. Fittleworth is home to two stone bridges. The Clappers Bridge, with two arches, is dedicated to the mill stream, while the other, a three-arched bridge, crosses the River Rother and dates back to the 16th century, though its piers might be older. The middle arch of the latter was widened in the 1780s to accommodate barge traffic to Midhurst. In 1967, with the road expansion, the Clappers Bridge was entirely reconstructed, and the Fittleworth Bridge was partially rebuilt to support a road approximately 25 feet wide, about double its original width.

"The Swan" at Lower Fittleworth - geograph.org.uk - 2235841

"The Swan" at Lower Fittleworth

GPS Files

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