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2018 ANNUAL RIVERSIDE WALK

 

The next Annual Riverside Walk takes place on Saturday 14th July 2018. As before the start is at 10.00 at Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Road, RH13 6PJ, where there is ample parking for cars. We shall be going again in a clockwise direction, calling first at Chesworth Farm, then onto Warnham Nature Reserve and Strawberry Fields Café at New House Farm. A mini-bus will be available to give lifts back to the start from various points, and these are all shown on the guide below.

This year we are supporting the Springboard Project - now known as Springboard. They welcomes children and young people with or without disabilities and their families for inclusive play and social opportunities and you can help them by getting sponsorship for your walk. Their promotional video for the walk can be seen HERE. Springboard’s Just Giving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/springboardproject  or you can contact helen.green@springboardproject.com  for a sponsorship form. Registered Charity number 1014270.

You are of course welcome to raise money for other causes. We just ask that no charity collecting is done on the walk.

Registration for the Event can be done by phoning 07780 701184 or emailing horshamriversidewalk@gmail.com. Registration is not compulsory but will help us with numbers to expect. Thanks.

A guide to the walk, with refreshment and pick-up points, is shown below.

Walk Map Art

Please note that the route through Warnham Nature Reserve is available only on our Annual Walk days. More detailed maps with information about the route can be found on our Riverside Walk pages. The link to the main page is HERE.

About the Walk 

This is a walk to explore the rivers and countryside on your doorstep. All ages and abilities are welcome. Dogs allowed on leads but are not allowed in Warnham Nature Reserve - walkers with dogs must follow Pondtail Road instead. The circular walk is free and supported by trained volunteers. You can walk at your own pace and leave whenever you wish to make a short walk to suit you, or you can go all the way round (13 miles) and aim to finish at the rugby club between 3pm and 5pm.

This year's Event: The 2018 Annual Riverside Walk will start and finish at Horsham Rugby Club in Hammerpond Road and will be supporting local charity Springboard who welcome children and young people with or without disabilities and their families for inclusive play and social opportunities.

Everyone, whatever their abilities, are welcome to join the walk. A minibus is on hire from Horsham District Community Transport and 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.

The first refreshment and toilet break is at Chesworth Farm, where cold drinks will be available.

A lunch stop will be taken at Warnham Nature Reserve where refreshments can be purchased. A band will play again this year and 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.

Afternoon refreshments are served at Strawberry Fields farm shop and café at New House Farm 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 can be used to raise funds by sponsorship for other good causes. In previous years scouts and cubs have taken part to raise funds for their activities. We would like more groups from schools and youth organisations to join us and will welcome their enquiries. A children's Treasure Hunt is again taking place with medals awarded for the first 50 children aged 12 or under that enter.

From 2pm at the rugby club a 'Completion of Walk Certificate' will be presented to the walkers that make it back. The Rugby Club car park will need to be vacated by 5pm and their bar will not be open to us this year.

ADMIRE THE VIEW by Jen Edwards Cox
2016 Horsham RIverside Walk