Thank you to everyone who voted on the Aviva Community Funding website for our proposed project at Hills Farm Lane We were very pleased to receive over 4,000 votes but it was unfortunately not enough to get to the finals. We are currently exploring other ways to raise funding for our projects and if you have any thoughts on this we would welcome suggestions. The Project Team will keep you updated.
The 13-mile (20km) Horsham Riverside Walk encompasses the town. It has no difficult gradients and goes through lovely countryside. One section is close to the town centre. It is never far from a bus stop.
Several water courses, including the River Arun, are followed. It also passes some of the older buildings in the town centre, Chesworth Farm, the site of the Motte & Bailey and ancient woodland.
A major attraction of this local amenity is its easy access. This means that you can comfortably walk one section and come back for more at another time. Once a year, though, individuals and groups are encouraged to join others and make the whole journey in one day.
You can download a new descriptive leaflet and map from this page or find it at the HDC office, libraries, Horsham Museum and other public places.
Improvements instigated by HTCP in 2015 included better signage and more seating. A new leaflet and map was introduced in 2016. These have increased interest in the path with more and more people using it.
NEWS RELEASE - dated 22 August 2016:-
An improved section of the Riverside Walk, completed last week, could soon be followed by further work to enable more use of this already popular 13-mile route.
A narrow and often muddy path between Warnham Road and the 15th tee of Rookwood golf course, a distance of 530 metres, has been replaced by a compacted stone path 1½ metres wide which avoids crossing the golf course.
During the construction of these works several local residents that use the area have commented that they look forward to using the new path as they had found access was difficult in wet weather.
The work was project managed by Horsham Town Community Partnership (HTCP) and constructed by Horsham District Council approved contractor, Gary Collier - Forestry, in just over a week. Section 106 money, intended for use on social and community projects such as this, was used to fund the £15,000 cost.
HTCP Chair, Jane Apostolou, said, “We are thrilled that we have been able to find the funds and progress this work.
“The path from Warnham Road to Chesworth Farm is now suitable for walkers, manual or mechanical wheelchairs/scooters and children's buggies. We expect to see plenty of use of this section of the Riverside Walk in the future.
“Our aim is to promote the use of open spaces and encourage a healthier life style. We intend to develop further projects to improve and enhance the Riverside Walk but the first target is to source funds.”
This is the first of several footpath improvements that will take place as funding is obtained.
Wherever possible and practical, HTCP would like to provide a safe, all-weather durable surface to be used by recreational walkers, wheelchair and pushchair users and family cyclists.
Much of the work will be carried out by contractors but community based volunteer groups and individuals of all ages will be encouraged to participate in the on-going maintenance of the route.
HTCP recognise the importance of conserving the natural ecology along the trail. It is an important wildlife corridor between the upper reaches of the River Arun in Horsham and other nature reserves on the Arun downstream, such as the reserve at RSPB Pulborough Brooks.
Progress will be shown on this website, our Facebook page and the local press.