St Andrews

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Walk Three

St Andrews in Nuthurst, West Sussex

St Andrews

Read text: John 1 : 37 – 41

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Instructions:
Grid reference : TQ300140 _______ Distance : 3 miles _______ Time : 1.5 hour
1 Starting point (click for map)
On the A281, about 2 miles south of Horsham, turn right (if heading south) at Monk’s Gate.
Continue along Hampshire Hill for another mile.
Nuthurst is a small village and roadside parking is available outside the church.
2 Heading off
 
The church is in the village centre so go through the lychgate to begin the walk.

Lychgate

Lychgate

 
Enjoy the beautiful trees along the path.

† About the Church
Opening Times: Daily
A guide is available inside and there is detailed information online.

The north chancel wall dates to the 12th century but much of the rest, including the nave, are from the 14th century. Many of the features are in a Gothic style, known as Decorated. Records show that the church was dedicated to St Andrew in 1506. Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1661 the western end was extended. Further extensions are refurbishments were undertaken in the later half of the 19th century, particularly in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. There are some Saxon items from the original church, most notably the font.
There are several stained glass windows to admire, three of which are shown below. The East window (right) is modern and the other two Victorian. The window on the left depicts two of Jesus’ miracles, described in Luke 8 : 43-56. The central window reminds me of walking St Swithun’s Way a few years ago.

Windows

3 Seek
 
From the church entrance, locate the path that disappears through the trees in front of you.
Hole in the hedge

… and ye shall find

 

Head out across a field.

4 Cross the stream
 
Keep on through a gate in the tree line.

First of many

Head for the gate

 

Cross another field and the stream once more.

5 Heading west
 
Continue along a lovely tree lined track.
Country lane

Lovely

 

Eventually a more solid track comes in from your left.

6 Zig-zag
 
Look out for a path on you right which carries on behind the line of trees.

Right and left

Chicane

 

Once on the other side, follow the path as it goes round to the left, round a field.

7 Emerging
 
Leaving the path behind, you emerge at a bend in the road.
Back on the road

Straight on

 

Keep straight, along the road in front of you.

8 Look left
 
As you follow the lane, keep an eye out for:
Cross country

Gate on the left

 
a gate that leads on to the Sedgwick Estate. Follow the path across the field.

9 Beautiful meadow grass
 
This is very enjoyable open parkland.

Grasses

Meadows

 
Continue to head north.

10 Nice horse
 
Stay on the path as you pass the stately home on your right.
Horses

Enclosures

 

Eventually you will reach an area of horse enclosures where the path enters a line of trees.

11 More lovely meadow
 
On the other side of the woodland you will emerge in to a large field.
More

More meadow

 
Head for the buildings on the far side where you will find a road. Turn right.

12 Sedgwick Castle
 
A few hundred yards along this lane you will come to the gates.
Hedge

Grand entrance


 

Look for the sign to a small gap in the hedge in front of you … and disappear into it!

13 Alice in Wonderland
 
As you follow this narrow path you will come to an information board.
Alice

Local history

 

The Heritage Trail information leaflet can be viewed online.

14 Cool pines
 
Emerging from the bushes continue to a gate in to a wood.
Darker


In to the trees

 

If you like dark woods and tall trees you will enjoy this section.

15 Nearly there
 
You will come out at a track which you cross over in to another wood.
Down, down

Cross the path

 
Follow the descent, across a couple of fields, until you reach the Nuthurst Road. Turn right for the village.

† Closing Prayer

The first verses from the John Newton’s Amazing Grace seem appropriate:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

16 Stop for refreshment
Refreshment

At the sign …

If you so desire, food and drink can be consumed at the Black Horse Inn on the edge of the village. The church is just up the road to the right.