These cravings of wanting to explore more of the country I now call home often come to me. I’m lucky enough to live in London from where trains and coaches can take me across the entire nation. A few weeks ago on a random Sunday, I once again felt the strong tendency to grab my camera and find the nearest train station to get me out of the big city. You guessed right, because that is exactly what I did. I took the train and traveled to Arundel.
On that very Sunday morning I ended up in this small village called Arundel, tucked between the hills of South Downs National Park. It was drizzling, but just because the fact that I was in a place with a similar name to Arendelle in the Frozen movie – and because I was welcomed by the incredible sight of a huge castle looming up from high up the hills – I didn’t care that much about the weather.
I walked up to the high street where the sight of half timbered houses was alternated only by the presence of the most adorable boutique shops and tea rooms.
Turning left and entering Tarrant Street surprised me with even more shops, a covered market hall and quirky stores even selling walking sticks and teddy bears.
The beautiful Church of Saint Nicholas Arundel and Arundel Cathedral were not far from here, but were slightly hidden by the castle’s walls when I walked up the hill.
After a sumptuous lunch in one of the town’s tea rooms, I decided that it would be a good time to head over to the tourism office to find out if there would by a nice hiking tour around town. And there was! A very nice old man handed me a map with a walking that would take me into nature, but not too far from the village.
Passing Arundel Wetland Center, I quickly enough made my way to Arundel Park. I walked around Swanbourne Lake and challenged a steep hill back up where Hiorne Tower rewarded my steep climb up with its pretty looks. From then on, the walk back to town wasn’t long.
You can reach Arundel within 1,5hours from London Victoria Railway Station. Trains run every half hour, every day. If you travel by car, it’s absolutely worth driving a bit more south to the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.