River Arun from Arundel Castle

Walks in Arundel (South Downs National Park, PDF)

  • variety of short routes around Arundel, up to 3 miles
  •  good choice of pubs and cafes in Arundel
  • accessible by bus and train
  • generally flat, some areas near the lake and river can be muddy after heavy rain

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A choice of routes in historic Arundel with views and scenery along the River Arun, as well as a walk along Mill Lane beneath the mighty Arundel Castle up to Swanbourne Lake.

Swanbourne Lake started life as a millpond, with records going back to the Doomsday survey in the 11th century. In the late 18th century, during work to Arundel Park, the pond was enlarged to form the lake.  Whilst there, you may want to visit Swanbourne Lodge tea room and boat hire.

Arundel Castle, the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors, was originally built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and one of William the Conqueror’s most loyal barons. Extensively rebuilt between the 1870s and 1890s, it is in the Gothic style and is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England.

As well as the castle, the impressive Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, rises strikingly above the town.

Extend this walk to the Black Rabbit pub on the bend in the river just before Offham. See also the Black Rabbit Walk.