Living on the south coast of England, I am lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. As you may of gathered from previous blog posts I like to take day trips in the local area.
Approx 11 miles east from Chichester is the town of Arundel. Even though Arundel has now a Burger Kitchen, Pizza Express and Prezzo’s it’s not like your normal town centre.
There’s no H&M or Primark (gasp!) instead there a number of local independent shops and cafes. If you like somewhere not overly commercialised then this is the place for you.
Arundel sits on the edge of the River Arun and is also famous for it’s castle and cathedral.
It was a mild spring like morning one Saturday recently, so myself and my husband Dan decided to make the most of the more seasonal weather and take a walk around Arundel and take some photo’s.
We caught the train from Chichester which takes approx half an hour. Getting off in Arundel station there is a newly built underpass going under the A27 so it’s far safer now to cross the road!
It’s about a 5-10 minute walk to the town centre (I walk quite fast so doesn’t take me too long). On the way you can see the castle and the cathedral upon a hill. Along the right hand side of entering Arundel is the outdoor Lido, which myself and Dan used to visit as children. Though not together, that would be a bit spooky!
The weather was holding up, with blue skies and for once it wasn’t too cold! We walked up over the bridge over the River Arun and turned right to walk along side the castle. Unfortunately it was closed but I have been in there before and it’s well worth a visit.
The road that runs along the castle has what I think is a moat and there are always a number of ducks to feed and also some swans.
At the end of this road is Swanbourne Lake, which as the name suggests has a lake and in the warmer months you can hire a boat and go for a paddle.
There are also surrounding hills to climb and is a popular beauty spot for walking and making the most of the countryside.
Dan and myself took a walk along the outside of the lake which then leads into a valley. We then turned up a hill and walked up to the top.
What an amazing view at the top. We were lucky we had such a clear day for seeing across the surrounding downs and woodland. At the top of this hill is a folly called Hiorne Tower. It’s not open to the public but makes a good photo!
We then walked out into the top of Arundel High Street which is situated on a hill and slopes down towards the river Arun. We stopped to have a bite to eat and went into Belinda’s Tea Rooms which is a quaint and traditional looking eatery down Tarrant Street.
I opted for a homemade cheese sandwhich (though I have had scone and jam and cream in there before and it was yummy!). Dan went for a beef roast dinner which was home made too.
Boots H&M | Jeans Dorthy Perkins | Glasses H&M | Biker Jacket Warehouse
| Bag Biba at House of Fraser | Jumper Marks and Spencer
Fed and watered we took a look around some of the shops, including two independent book shops and a gift and homeware store which I love is Sparks Yard. I would recommend this as a place to pop into if you ever go to Arundel.
We then headed back to the train station before stopping off at Dan’s uncles to say hello and see his uncle’s two children. Back in Chichester we headed home for a well deserved rest after all that walking!
I hope you liked my little blog tour of my day out! Thanks for reading and I hope you come back again to have a snoop around my blog!
Love and hugs,