Sussex Hospice Trail 2018

On Saturday 15 September we invite you to get involved in The Sussex Hospice Trail 2018. This series of walks were created to connect walkers and Hospices across the county. The walk showcases the varied landscape and heritage Sussex has to offer. On this day marshals will be there to offer tips and welcome you at the beginning and end of your chosen route. At the end of your route, you will receive an exclusive commemorative medal. Teams of 2-8 can participate with a one off entry fee of £80.00 per team. Your nominated team captain will receive a comprehensive resource pack with fundraising and sponsorship information.

With a downloadable companion app iFootpath available, walkers will be in no danger of getting lost, with GPS tracking, no requirement for a live signal and the ability to track and update every walk.

Full information about the event is available here.

There are a variety of distances and start/end locations to suit all ages and abilities, with 4 routes within our catchment area for you to explore. 

Route number 1: Chichester to Barnham

An almost entirely flat 10 mile linear walk from Chichester rail station to Barnham rail station in West Sussex, forming the first stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route passes by St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester before following the line of a long lost canal which once transported goods from London to Portsmouth, to avoid encounters with enemy ships in the English Channel. You will enjoy a stretch of the restored Chichester Ship Canal, several charming villages plus the rural path of the old canal as it crosses arable fields and fruit farms with plenty of wildlife to spot along the way. The return leg can be completed with a single 7 minute train journey.

Route number 2: Barnham to Arundel

A 6 mile linear walk from Barnham rail station to Arundel rail station in West Sussex, forms the second stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route heads north across flower farms and arable fields to reach Walberton, home of The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, before continuing through woodland and arable fields to reach Arundel where you will have chance to explore the cathedral and castle. You will enjoy a charming village, enchanting woodlands and a lovely stretch of the River Arun along the way. The return leg can be completed with a single 10 minute train journey.

Route number 25: Amberley to Halnaker

A 10 mile linear walk from Amberley to Halnaker, forms the 25th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This stretch begins along the South Downs Way, crossing the pretty River Arun, before quickly joining the Monarch’s Way which leads you gently uphill through the beautiful Houghton Forest to reach Bignor Hill. From this point, mid-way along your walk, you will be rewarded with outstanding views down to the south coast. The journey continues by following the line of an old Roman road, Stane Street, which today leads you through pastures, woodland, a vineyard and scrub to reach the tiny village of Halnaker.

Route number 26: Halnaker to Chichester

A 10 mile linear walk from Halnaker crossroads to Chichester rail station in West Sussex, forms the 26th and final stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This stretch of the trail is packed with interest, leading you through Halnaker Park (with a very long magnificent stretch of flint wall and mansion ruins), past Goodwood Racecourse, over St Roche’s Hill, along the Centurion Way and finally visiting Chichester Cathedral. From the summit of St Roche’s Hill you will be rewarded with some of the best views of the whole trail, a panoramic vista taking in Chichester Harbour, Chichester Cathedral and a long stretch of the coast to the south, as well as the South Downs to the north.

To register your team, please click here and start your fundraising today!