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Council celebrates National Walking Month

Cows in Chesworth Farm meadow

10 May 2021

May is National Walking Month and Horsham District Council is encouraging local people to enjoy the health benefits of walking at the same time as exploring the District’s breath taking scenery.

The Council is celebrating National Walking Month by sharing a series of virtual walking videos highlighting some of the District’s ‘must try’ walks.

Three virtual walks have been filmed around Chesworth Farm, the Adur Valley heritage trail and the Pulborough Wild Art trail; each route ranging from 4 to 6 kilometres long. These virtual walking videos showcase the surroundings and hotspots you’ll discover along each of the recommended routes.

Commenting on the walks, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan said:

I’m really pleased that we are supporting such an engaging event. Many people have taken up walking during the pandemic and with the longer days and better weather, this interest is likely to continue.

Walking is proven to have both physical and mental health benefits as many people have discovered recently, and is an alternative to driving which will also cut carbon emissions. So whether you are out to enjoy the great places in our district or just trying to get from A to B it’s worthwhile on many levels.

Check out our videos and step out this May.

Make sure to follow our Youtube channel to see the latest videos, and find out more about each walk below.

Chesworth Farm

The first featured walk is at the Council owned Chesworth Farm, just a 10-minute stroll from Horsham Town Centre. This site is truly one of the District’s hidden gems with 90 acres of beautiful countryside to explore. The green space has also just been officially designated as a Local Wildlife Site with its extensive high quality hedgerows and wildflower meadows.

Watch the video

A walk in the Adur Valley

Next up we’ll be sharing a video of the Adur Valley heritage trail which features sites of special interest as it cuts through the chalk downs of the South Downs National Park. The self-guided trail offers a number of interesting views of ancient buildings to post-industrial landscapes and tranquil riversides with waterfowl gliding past.

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Pulborough Wildart trail

Later in May, we’ll be sharing the Pulborough WildArt Trail which stretches from Pulborough BR Station to the RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve. Along the way you’ll spot sculptures, information about local history and wildlife, and if you download the Pulborough WildArt Trail app you’ll get to meet the Pulborough Giant!

Watch the video