1 Midhurst – WorthingMidhurst - Pulborough - Petworth - Worthing
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1 hour 20 minutes
Midhurst Bus StandHow to get here
Famous writer H.G. Wells once lived in Midhurst
This is journey that plunges folk deep into the beautiful West Sussex countryside, connecting the thriving Midhurst, in the heart of the South Downs National Park with the traditional, bustling seaside town of Worthing.
The number 1 finds its way through leafy, tree-lined roads, surrounded by incredible natural beauty and passes through the picturesque villages of Findon and Fittleworth as well as the thriving market town of Petworth with its many treasures. The bus whisks its way up and down gradual reclines, with heathland with wide horizons in view, open chalkland, wild flowers and quite often rare birds.
It’s a route that will appeal to those who wish to use some of the locations as a base for exploration, not just the South Downs National Park but Arundel Castle, Goodwood and bus connections to Chichester and Horsham.
A Fab Day Out!
A browse round Midhurst before boarding the bus is highly recommended – particularly down West Street, Red Lion Street, Church Hill, Knockhundred Row and North Street where there’s a wealth of high quality, independent retailers.
Onboard the bus and a stop off at Pulborough maybe and a trip on the South Downs Light Railway which runs through the grounds of Pulborough Garden Centre and out into the country. Steam hauled trains run every weekend and Bank Holiday from March to September.
Then it’s back on the Route 1 and a 14 minute journey to Petworth and a visit to Petworth House & Park, Petworth Cottage Museum and a 1.5 mile walk from Petworth to Coultershaw Beam Pump, with its fabulous riverside trail and tales of ‘Wind in the Willows’ – but take care when making the walk as there’s no footpath for much of the way! Watching the waterwheel drive the Beam Pump to pummel out a great water spout is also fun and visiting the Engine House and watching the Archimedes screw turbine using water to generate electricity. Petworth’s a great place too with a charming market square, numerous antiques shops and independent retailers, as well as the gateway to some fabulous walks to explore the marvellous South Downs. Be sure to check out Tiffins Tea Room too and grab a place at one of the pastel-coloured tables!
The Deer Park at Petworth is incredible, with 700 acres of unspoilt beauty and fascinating wildlife. Petworth House, meanwhile, spans 900 years and was transformed during the 17th century into a grand palace, attracting royalty and celebrated artists through the years. A coffee or lunch in the Servants’ Quarters might tickle your fancy, including its fabulous café and afternoon tea.
It’s been a full-on, enjoyable day but, there’s more to come as it’s back on the bus towards the bright lights of Worthing and a stroll down the seafront with it famous Art Deco Pier, the Lido restaurant and 5-mile long Promenade, as well as the largely pedestrian-only shopping area.
Gateway to the number 1
By train to Haslemere, then 70 bus, operated by Stagecoach South to Midhurst or by train to Worthing to pick up the number 1 in the opposite direction, from Worthing to Midhurst. Alternatively, a fascinating trip can be had by train to Guildford and then take the 70/71/72 to Midhurst from there. Alternatively, you can enjoy the journey in the opposite direction, by train to Worthing on Southern Railway from London, Surrey and other parts of Sussex, as well as Hampshire!
How to get here...
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