2017 ANNUAL HORSHAM RIVERSIDE WALK

 

Final Prog cover Photo.

 

We are very pleased to announce that the next annual Riverside Walk will take place on Saturday 15th July 2017.

As before the start is at 10.00 am at Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Road, RH13 6PJ, and this year we shall be going in a clockwise direction, calling first at Chesworth Farm and then onto Warnham Nature Reserve and Strawberry Field Cafe.

This year we are supporting local charity, Action Medical Research for Children. This is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

For more information go to www.action.org.uk

We hope you will want to help by raising money, perhaps by sponsorship. If you would like to be involved, please contact Action by email kking@action.org.uk or call 07821 117881 for a sponsorship pack (or donate on the day).

This is a walk to explore the rivers and countryside on your doorstep. All ages and abilities welcome. Dogs allowed on leads. The circular walk is free, and supported by trained volunteers. You can walk at your own pace and leave at other points to make a short walk to suit you, or you can go all the way round (13 miles) to finish at the Rugby Club between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Participants walk at their own risk.

About this year’s event:  The 2017 Annual Riverside Walk will start and finish at Horsham Rugby Club located in Hammerpond Road and will be supporting local charity, Action Medical Research for Children. We have been fortunate in obtaining the services of Paddington Bear (TM), to start the event and to help present 'Completion of Walk Certificates'. Action Medical Research is Paddington’s favourite UK charity and has been at the heart of fundraising for them for more than 40 years. You are welcome to raise funds for other charities.

Everyone, whatever their abilities are welcome to join the walk. A minibus on hire from Horsham District Community Transport will make regular pickups from various locations throughout the day and return walkers to the Rugby Club. The Association of Disabled Ramblers regularly takes part in this event.

A lunch stop will be taken in Warnham Nature Reserve where refreshments can be purchased. A band will play again this year during the break. This creates a perfect atmosphere for a picnic overlooking the lake whilst resting weary feet. The walk continues through the Reserve and gives the opportunity to see this wonderful local attraction and, if it’s your first visit, an incentive to return at a later date.

Afternoon refreshments are served at the Strawberry Fields farm shop and café in North Horsham and again this is a welcome break for walkers to sit and enjoy the beautiful views, rarely seen when travelling towards Gatwick and Crawley.

The event may be used to raise funds by sponsorship for other good causes. In previous years, 20 to 30 scouts and cubs have taken part and raised money for their activities. We would like more groups from schools and other youth organisations to join us and will welcome their enquiries. A Children's Treasure Hunt is also taking place with a reward for all children taking part aged 8 or under.

To register for the event please email us on horshamriversidewalk@gmail.com or phone 07780 701184.

A brief map of the walk is shown below but a full map can be found HERE

Please note that dogs are not allowed into Warnham Nature Reserve and walkers with dogs must follow Pondtail Road instead.

Rugby Club Car Parking
Ample space for cars at the Rugby Club. Please follow the stewards directions and park neatly.

Toilets
Toilets will be available at the Rugby Club at the start and finish of the walk. There are toilets at Chesworth Farm, Warnham Nature Reserve and Strawberry Fields Café at New House Farm.

Approximate Timetable:
Rugby Club Car Park Start 10:00am
Chesworth Farm Cold Drinks   10:40-11.15am
Warnham Nature Reserve Lunch 12:00- 2:00pm
Strawberry Fields Refreshments 2:15-3:30pm

 

Walk Map Art

Refreshments                                                             Cold drinks will be served at Chesworth Farm in the morning.
At Warnham Nature Reserve you can purchase a lunch meal deal (sandwiches, crisps and a cold drink) from Le Brunch for £4-50. The Herons Rest café will also be open.
Strawberry Fields Café is providing afternoon refreshments of a piece of cake and a cold drink for £1. Hot drinks and other food may be purchased in the cafe but this may take time before your order is ready

Lunchtime Entertainment
The Toons band will provide entertainment at Warnham Nature Reserve during lunch

Competitions
There is a Treasure Hunt for children aged 8 or under. Forms will be available at the Start. Rules for the Photo competition are shown here.

Rules of Safe Walking

Wear a hat, apply sun cream and drink plenty of water
Report to Stewards if you feel unwell
Wear sensible shoes
Walk at your own pace
Take your litter home or find a bin
Be considerate to other walkers
Dogs must be kept under control and are not allowed in Warnham LNR
Carry a mobile phone if possible
Crossing or walking in road needs extra care
You MUST comply with the notices and warnings displayed at Wimland Road level crossing
Crossing the A264 dual carriageway near Strawberry Fields Cafe can be particularly hazardous. PLEASE TAKE CARE.
Walkers take part at their own risk

Photo Competition Rules 2017

Photographs must be taken during the Riverside Walk on Saturday 15 July.

The subject this year is “A family day out” and each photo must include people.

There will be prizes and an exhibition of all the shortlisted entries.

· Who can enter – Anyone, amateur or professional. There is no entrance fee. If you are under 16yrs, we will need parental consent in the submission email
· Number of entries – The maximum number of entries is three photographs                                                                     · Submission of entries – Entries must be sent as attachments to individual emails (one per email), to photocomphrw@gmail.com by Saturday 22 July                       · Prizes - £50 First; £25 Second; £10 Third                             · Format – Entries must be digital and sent for judging as, preferably, jpg files. The size of each file must be no more than approx. 5MB                                                                   - · Style – Photographs must not be digitally altered. We recommend that you set your camera or phone for the highest quality of picture as we want to print and display the prize winners                                                                   - Title/Name – Each photograph must have a title and show the name of the photographer, like this: Title - Your.Name.jpg  · Winners – Winners will be notified by email before Saturday 5 August                                                                      · Exhibition – Winning photographs will be printed and exhibited at Horsham Library                                                      · Copyright – of images submitted remains with the photographer. HTCP may require use the images for publicity purposes. Although you will not be paid for the use of your image, you will credited with taking the image                           · Questions – email photocomphrw@gmail.com or ring 07780 701 184.

These are just three of the 10 finalists from last year's photo competition:

RIVERSIDE WALK by Richard King
3rd Place - RIVERSIDE WALK by Richard King
THIS WAY by Janice Stranaghan
THIS WAY by Janice Stranaghan
1 JUMPING by Karen Newton
1st Place - JUMPING by Karen Newton