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Pen and book on blue with black ring and nameWest Sussex Literary Trail

W Sussex

89 km / 55 miles
Opened at Easter 2007, it links Horsham in West Sussex with Chichester Cathedral along a route rich in literary associations. The guidebook brings the walk alive with stories of the many and varied literary connections along the way. Percy Bysshe Shelley's millennium fountain marks the start of the trail. John Galsworthy would have crossed the River Arun by ferry from his house in Bury, whilst Bob Copper wrote a wonderful anecdote about the ferryman. Hilaire Belloc was everywhere, and part of the route follows in the footsteps of his Four Men before reaching Chichester and its strong ties with William Blake and John Keats.

The West Sussex Literary Trail travels southwest from Horsham across the county following footpaths and tracks eventually reaching the West Sussex Downs and crossing them to reach the destination at Chichester.

The trail was opened in Horsham in April 2007 by Louise Goldsmith, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Economy, with the start of the inaugural walk from Horsham to Chichester Cathedral.


Waymark: Pen and book on blue with black ring and name
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Pen and book on blue with black ring and name
Attributes: Paths marked on OS mapping
Start: TQ168305 - Horsham station, Horsham, W Sussex View on StreetMap
Finish: SU859047 - Chichester cathedral, W Sussex View on StreetMap
Open Date: April 2007
Web Sites: West Sussex Literary Trail West Sussex CC - West Sussex Literary Trail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook West Sussex Literary Trail  (Per-Rambulations  - 2007 )
Badge Badge for West Sussex Literary Trail  (Per-Rambulations )


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Route Profile:

79.0 km (49.1 miles)
1,101 m (3,612 ft) ascent
237 m (778 ft)  maximum height

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