The Downs Link which runs alongside Riverside Farm is a 37 mile (59km) shared route linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way. The route follows two disused railway lines and crosses the Surrey Hills, the Low Weald, the South Downs and the Coastal Plain. Since the trains departed in the 1960s the embankments and cuttings have become a green corridor for wildlife and people. The route connects a variety of habitats, passing banks of wildflowers, trees, hedges, woodlands, rivers, ponds and streams. The Downs Link connects with other long-distance routes such as the North Downs Way, South Downs Way, Wey South Path, Greensand Way, Sussex Border Path and National Cycle Network routes 2 and 22.
Double Railway Bridge
When the Guildford & Horsham Railway was built, the line to the station at Rudgwick was on a steep gradient. On 2 May 1865 Bannister reported to the board that the line was finally ready to be inspected by the Board of Trade which duly attended two months later.
The Chief Inspecting Officer, Colonel Yolland, was unhappy with the traffic arrangements at Guildford and did not authorise public use of Rudgwick Station, set on a 1 in 80 incline, until it was re-sited on an incline of 1 in 130. As the company was contractually obliged to provide this station for the local landowner, it had no choice but to carry out the works, which also included the raising of an embankment and a bridge over the River Arun by 10 feet (3.0 m). This gave rise to the curious 'double bridge' over the River Arun just south of Rudgwick.
Guildford is a large town in Surrey, 27 miles southwest of London on the A3 trunk road midway between the capital and Portsmouth. The town has a population of about 80,000 and is the seat of the wider Borough of Guildford which had an estimated 146,100 inhabitants in 2015. Guildford has Saxon roots and historians attribute its location to the existence of a gap in the North Downs where the River Wey was forded by the Harrow Way. By AD 978 it was home to an early English Royal Mint With the building of the Wey Navigation and the Basingstoke Canal, Guildford was connected to a network of waterways that aided its prosperity. In the 20th century, the University of Surrey and Guildford Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral, were added. Due to recent development running north from Guildford, and linking to the Woking area, Guildford now officially forms the southwestern tip of the Greater London Built-up Area, as defined by the Office for National Statistics.
Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs, Surrey, approximately 30km south-west of London. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. The western part of the hill is owned and managed by the National Trust, whilst the village of Box Hill lies on higher ground to the east. The highest point is Betchworth Clumps at 224m (735ft) above OD although the Salomons Memorial (at 172 metres) overlooking the town of Dorking is the most popular viewpoint.
Box Hill lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. The north- and south-facing slopes support an area of chalk downland, noted for its orchids and other rare plant species. The hill provides a habitat for 40 species of butterfly, and has given its name to a species of squash bug, now found throughout south-east England.
An estimated 850,000 people visit Box Hill each year. The National Trust visitors' centre provides both a cafeteria and gift shop, and the panoramic views of the western Weald may be enjoyed from the North Downs Way, a long-distance footpath that runs along the southern escarpment. Box Hill featured prominently on the route of the 2012 Summer Olympics cycling road race events (the men doing nine circuits and the women doing two circuits).
The site reaches 567 feet (173m) with hill-grazed grass slopes below interspersed with trees. There are areas of chalk grassland and woodlands. Visible are some of the greatest prominences of the Western Greensand Ridge and the site lies on the North Downs Way. There are 129 ancient yews with a girth over 3.5m (over approx 500 years old) with some over 6m girth (probably at least 1000 years old) on the northern wooded slope. Some trees are so old the centre is hollow and the whole tree can be walked through.
Newlands Corner was a key location in the crime writer Agatha Christie's disappearance in December 1926. Her car was found in a bush overhanging a chalk pit at Newlands Corner, at the bottom of the south side of the hill. She was found some days later having checked in under an alias at a hotel in Harrogate. As a result, Newlands Corner is the setting of the climax of the final scene of the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp".
Worthing is a large seaside town in England, and district with borough status in West Sussex. It is situated at the foot of the South Downs, 10 miles (16 km) west of Brighton, and 18 miles (29 km) east of the county town of Chichester. With an estimated population of 104,600 and an area of 12.5 square miles (32.37 km2) the borough is the second largest component of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation, which makes it part of the 15th most populous urban area in the United Kingdom. Since 2010 northern parts of the borough, including the Worthing Downland Estate, have formed part of the South Downs National Park.
Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England that is part of the city of Brighton and Hove, located 47 miles (76 km) south of London. Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town's importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.
Horsham is 6 Miles from Riverside Farm, which is an old English historic market town, you will find this to be the nearest well-stocked town with ample of shopping, restaurants, banks, cafes and entertainment with the likes of John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks and Spencers, Fashion stores etc... Horsham also has it's museum and arts centre.
Horsham is a market town on the upper reaches of the River Arun on the fringe of the Weald in West Sussex. The town is 31 miles (50 km) south south-west of London, 18.5 miles (30 km) north-west of Brighton and 26 miles (42 km) north-east of the county town of Chichester. Nearby towns include Crawley to the north-east and Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill to the south-east. It is the administrative centre of the Horsham district.
3 miles, 5 minutes away from Riverside Farm, a beautiful little village which you can walk, cycle, drive to. It houses a pub, local store and Golf and country club. Slinfold Golf has a floodlit range, golf coach, spa and swimming pool, gym, massage and treatment rooms, costa coffee, bar and food.
Slinfold railway station on the Cranleigh
Line was opened in 1865 and closed in 1965. The trackbed of the line now
forms part of the Downs Link Bridleway. The route of the former Roman
road linking London and Chichester passes through the parish  and a
Roman posting station existed at Alfoldean. In 1848 it was recorded that
Roman swords and brass ornaments had been found in the parish.
Slinfold has a village shop and Post Office, a primary school and pre-school, a recreation ground, a village hall and one public house, the Red Lyon. Where Slinfold Railway station used to be is now a Caravan Club site.
Christ Hospital/ Christ Hospital School
It's like real life Harry Potter!! If you are going for a bike ride make sure you pass by Christ Hospital school to view its grand architecture. It lays 7 miles from Riverside Farm and accessible via the adjacent downslink if you're push biking. Christ Hospital school also holds events so visit their website to see what the box office has to offer at the time of your visit.
Christ's Hospital, also known colloquially as CH, is an English coeducational independent day and boarding school with Royal Charter located in the south of Horsham in West Sussex. Founded in 1552 and received its first Royal Charter in 1553, Christ's Hospital follows much of the public schools tradition. Since its establishment, Christ's Hospital has been a charity school, with a core aim to offer children from humble backgrounds the chance to have a better education.
Arundel is a market town and civil parish in a steep vale of the South Downs, West Sussex, with glorious views and quaint villages on the route there. The much-conserved town has a beautiful medieval castle and the huge Roman Catholic cathedral that is breathtaking. Also, you can find a beautiful bridge where the same River that runs through Riverside Farm, the Arun. You have many quirky shops, sweet shops, ice cream stores, cafes and antique bargains to be had. Along with a cane/ walking stick shop that stocks pieces made centuries ago!
Although smaller in population than most
other parishes, Arundel has a museum and comes second behind much larger
Chichester in its number of listed buildings in West Sussex. The River
Arun runs through the eastern side of the town.
Arundel was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. From 1836-1889 the town had its own Borough police force with a strength of three. In 1974 it became part of the Arun district, and is now a civil parish with a town council.
Cranleigh is the biggest village in Britan and is nestled on the Surrey/ Sussex borders. Cranleigh can be reached by a wonderful bike ride From Riverside Farm or by car within 10 minutes. It's home to many scrumptious cafes, restaurants, gift and book stores, nail bars, a delightful baker and old fashioned sweet shop. You also have an M&S food Hall, Sainsbury's, Cook, Cranleigh leisure centre, Cranleigh golf, spa and country club. Be sure to give Cranleigh a visit.
Two Miles East of Cranleigh you have Ewhurst, home to Hurtwood park polo club which holds chukka's, polo, music events, good Sunday lunches, a well-stocked bar and other fun things! Previous concerts at Hurtwood have seen Kenny Jones and The Jones Gang and Ronnie Wood play to name a few!!
Billingshurst is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. The village lies 8 miles (13 km) south-west of Horsham, and 5.6 miles (9 km) north-east of Pulborough. The village's name probably came from Anglo-Saxon Billinges hyrst = "Billa's son's wooded hill".
Billingshurst is 5.3 miles from Riverside Farm and houses many shops, hairdressers, takeaways, pubs and Fishers Farm Park children's Farm and play centres lies just out of the main village at Wisbrough Green. Billingshurst has the nearest train station to Riverside Farm with great links to London within the hour.
Loxwood is 6 minutes away, in Loxwood you have the Wey and Arun canal where you can take boat trips along for a tranquil afternoon, this can be found beside the Onslow pub in Loxwood. We advise you to check for running hours of boat trips.
Loxwood is a small village and civil parish with several outlying settlements, including those at Alfold Bars, Gunshot Common, Flitchfold, Roundstreet Common, Drungewick Lane and Manor, and Wephurst Park, in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England, within the Low Weald. The Wey and Arun Canal passes to the East and South of the village. This Civil Parish is at the centre of an excellent network of bridleways and footpaths crossing the Low Weald and joining with those in adjacent Counties.
PetworthPetworth is 12 miles, around 20 minutes drive away from us, In Petworth, you will find Petworth House and Park, now owned by the National Trust. Be sure to visit for glorious grounds and beautiful artwork and have a scrumptious lunch. Petworth itself houses beautiful local architecture and quaint shops and stores.
The town is mentioned in Domesday Book. In the early 17th century, the question of Petworth's status as an honour or a town came up when the Attorney General charged William Levett of Petworth, Gent., son of Anthony Levett, with "having unlawfully usurped divers privileges within the town of Petworth, which was parcel of the Honour of Arundel." William Levett's son Nicholas became rector of Westbourne, West Sussex.
We just wanted to inform you of this glorious Sussex village that also nestles some scrummy delights at Jodie Kidds Gastropub, The Half Moon. If your a foodie like us book up to avoid disappointment!
In the Middle Ages iron production using ironstone and charcoal, and forest glass making were important industries. In the twentieth century apple growing was established through a cooperative venture, Kirdford Growers, based at the western end of the village. This has now ended and the warehouse site is being used for house building. In 2011, Kirdford Village Stores won 'Best Corner Shop' in the Telegraph's Best Small Shops in Britain Awards.
18 miles from Riverside Farm, you'll find Midhurst a market town 12 miles north of Chichester. In Midhurst, you'll find Cowdray Park which houses Golf, Polo, events and a Farm shop.
The name Midhurst was first recorded in
1186 as Middeherst, meaning "Middle wooded hill", or "place among the
wooded hills". It derives from the Old English words midd or mid,
meaning "in the middle", plus hyrst, "a wooded hill".
The Norman St. Ann's Castle dates from about 1120, although the foundations are all that can now be seen. The castle, the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Denis, together with South Pond, the former fish-pond for the castle, are the only three structures left from this early period. The parish church is the oldest building in Midhurst. Just across the River Rother, in the parish of Easebourne, is the ruin of the Tudor Cowdray House.