Pulborough Round

West Sussex

A 12km loop from Pulborough taking in views of the South Downs and RSPB Pulborough Brooks. This route gives the opportunity for birdspotting on the wetlands and exploring the heathland of Wiggonholt Common. You will follow part of the Wey South path and find out about old Pulborough.


11.84km (152m)
Easy (3h15)
Average time
Plentiful & charges may apply
Route Advice

  • Dog friendly
  • Parking
  • Cafe
  • Pub
  • Shop
  • Village
  • River walk
  • Wetlands
  • Potential livestock
  • Mud likely when wet
  • Bird spotting
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Farmland
  • Great for running
  • Starting AddressPulborough Village Car Park, Lower Street, Pulborough, UK
Wey South path
Wey South path
Wiggonholt Common Sign
Wiggonholt Common Sign

Route Score


Great views of the South Downs above Amberley


Some of the route is on quiet roads


Can be muddy underfoot, especially after heavy rain. Some slight undulations, but not hilly Some sections on quiet roads


RSPB Pulborough Brooks St Botolphs Church, Hardham - 12th Century frescoes

Route Notes

Pulborough Brooks is a wetland bird reserve and on a floodplain so this route can be very muddy (or even impassable) after heavy rain.

The fuel stop

  • Fuel Type Cafe
  • Location on Route At the start
  • Address Little Bean Cafe Pulborough, Lower Street, Pulborough, UK
Coffee and Cake

Step by Step Guide

Step 1

Take the steps at the west side of the carpark and turn left down hill towards Pulborough Brooks

Step 2

Follow the path straight ahead to the riverbank and turn left following the river until you're signposted left

Step 3

Keep following the public footpath. At Wiggonholt church turn right to take you to the main entrance and RSPB Visitor Centre. There is a cafe and toilets here (there may be a small charge to enter)

Step 4

Go across the car park to pick up the footpath again which takes you right and downhill across Wiggonholt Common. At the road turn right and follow this road for 3km. After you've crossed the River Arun at Greatham Bridge take the next footpath on your right - Wey South Path

Step 5

After crossing the small field, which may have ponies in, you will find yourself on the A29. For a shorter route turn right and continue on the road which will take you to Pulborough (approx 2km) To continue on the walk turn right and cross the road when you see the Public footpath sign on the opposite side of the road. This is the continuation of the Wey South path.

Step 6

Go over the railway bridge and through two gates. Turn right on the track and follow this past the buildings, towards the pumping station. Turn left and follow the footpath down towards the fields/floodplain

Step 7

Continue across the field heading for the bridge where you will cross the Arun once again. Stay on the path and you will come to a small service road. Turn left to go past The White hart.

Step 8

On the other side of the pub you will turn right, cross the road and take an uphill path. You're still on the Wey South path. This takes you through some woodland and past a house on your left hand side. Cross the driveway on a dog leg and take the footpath on your right, leaving the Wey South Path.

Step 9

This path takes you past a pill box and down a hill. Take a moment to enjoy the views across the valley on your right. At the bottom of the hill turn right onto the quiet lane. Stay on this lane past the Church and go straight across at the crossroads.

Step 10

The small road becomes a track and will return to a road after 500m. Continue straight on this road and just before you head downhill there will be a path on your right to take you down to Lower Street. Turn right for a break in the Little Bean Cafe or cross the road to take you back to the car park.