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The Serpent Trail is a 65 mile beautiful long distance footpath which starts at Haslemere High Street in Surrey and finishes at Petersfield Heath in Hampshire. The path joins up the many heathland areas on greensand in the Western Weald. It takes its name from its serpentine shape and it passes through habitat of all three species of British snake. It doesn’t pass through Pulborough but the closest point where it can be joined is at Fittleworth which is approx. three miles west of Pulborough on the A283.

  • Length of walk: 64 miles in total
  • Time: Suggest a few days or alternatively break the walk up into manageable sections
  • Terrain: A mixture of sandy heathlands and woodland with some inclines. Lots of flat walking too
  • Parts of the trail are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, particularly near the beginning
  • Can be slippery when wet so walking boots advisable
  • Use OS Explorer maps OL33 and OL10
  • Facilities: In Haslemere there are shops and toilets. In Fittleworth, there is Fittleworth Stores which also has a café and toilets. The shop is next to a small recreational ground where young children can play. Easy car parking outside the shop

For more detailed information about the route of the whole Trail refer to “The Great Walks of Sussex” by David Bathurst (2018) pages 175 – 193 ISBN 978-0-9933241-2-3

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