Holbrook Walk 3.7 miles or 5.9km
First published in the Parish Council newsletter summer 2011, this walk crosses the busy A264.
Start from Holbrook Tythe Barn, a North Horsham Parish Council Hall. Cross Pondtail Road and turn right. After a short distance turn left into Northlands Road. At the end you will come to the A264. Cross with great care using the central reservation. Head straight across and up the road opposite – Old Holbrook. Walk up Old Holbrook for about 300m and turn right following the Public Footpath sign.
Before you turn off the road it may be worth going a few more steps to look at Holbrook Park. This fine house, now divided into apartments was built around 1800 and re-modelled in 1846. It was home to the Commander in Chief of the British Navy, Admiral Sir James Whitshed and two of Horsham’s MPs during the 19th century, Robert Hurst and WR Seymour Fitzgerald.
Follow the Public Footpath around the edge of the field and over the footbridge. Follow the path between the two fields until you enter Moated House Farm, a 13th century house, owned by another Robert Hurst, some 400 years before his descendant of the same name lived at Holbrook Park. Follow the footpath out through to Rusper Road. Turn right down the road and then almost immediately turn left along the track.
Continue along the track passing through fields and woodland. Just before you get to a house on your left, turn right into a field, following the public footpath sign. Follow the path along the edge of the field and then turn left across the field by the tree. Enter the next field and walk with the hedge to your right, head towards the road.
You can either cross the road via the steps or follow the signed alternative to the left. This heads under the road where it crosses the railway line. The path then turns to the right and brings you back too the steps on the other side of the road.
Please let the Parish Council know if there are any amendments to the instructions and if you have a favourite walk in North Horsham to share, let the Parish Council know!