St Andrews in Nuthurst, West Sussex
Read text: John 1 : 37 – 41
|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.
|† 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.
From the church entrance, locate the path that disappears through the trees in front of you.
Head out across a field.
|4 Cross the stream|
Keep on through a gate in the tree line.
Cross another field and the stream once more.
|5 Heading west
Continue along a lovely tree lined track.
Eventually a more solid track comes in from your left.
Look out for a path on you right which carries on behind the line of trees.
Once on the other side, follow the path as it goes round to the left, round a field.
Leaving the path behind, you emerge at a bend in the road.
Keep straight, along the road in front of you.
|8 Look left
As you follow the lane, keep an eye out for:
|9 Beautiful meadow grass
This is very enjoyable open parkland.
|10 Nice horse
Stay on the path as you pass the stately home on your right.
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.
|12 Sedgwick Castle
A few hundred yards along this lane you will come to the gates.
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.
The Heritage Trail information leaflet can be viewed online.
|14 Cool pines
Emerging from the bushes continue to a gate in to a wood.
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.
|† Closing Prayer
The first verses from the John Newton’s Amazing Grace seem appropriate:
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
|16 Stop for refreshment
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.