New free resource highlights the best countryside walks in and around Angmering

A mother and son from Angmering with a passion for exploring have launched a new website to help residents discover the nature and scenery on their doorstep.

Will and Bev Jones from Angmering
Will and Bev Jones from Angmering

Angmering Walks, the free resource created by Will and Bev Jones, features detailed walking routes around the village and in the wider area, complete with instructions, photos and maps.

The idea came about after Will was furloughed from his job in the travel industry.

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The 33-year-old, who grew up in Angmering, had recently returned to the village to settle down with his wife and was enjoying rediscovering the countryside with his mum Bev, a former teacher at St Margaret’s Primary School who has lived in Angmering for decades.

He decided to combine his skill-set with her extensive local knowledge to create the site.

It comes at a good time, as the pandemic sees less people booking holidays abroad. “We felt that particularly during this time, it would be a really useful resource for people,” Will said.

The site has already been visited thousands of times, and Will said: “We were quite overwhelmed by how positive the response was.”

He believes Angmering and the surrounding area have ‘so much potential for exploring on foot’.

“I think it’s such a cliche, but you have a bit of everything,” he said. “You’ve got the sea on one side, and these wonderful Downs up north of the village and woodlands.”

His favourite walk featured on the site is to Perry Hill, as it has ‘a really good combination of scenery’, Will said, adding: “It’s a really lovely mix of epic Downs descending to the river.”

But one walk in particular, the Polling to Lyminster route, has become ‘quite special’ to his family, after his wife started going into labour on the walk.

The pair will now have an extra traveller in tow – baby Finley, born on June 28 – when they embark on their local explorations.

Both Will and Bev are well-travelled, having explored everywhere from the Australian Outback to the jungles of South America.

Will said: “I think that makes us appreciate the local scenery even more.

“Genuinely I believe that nowhere can really top the Sussex countryside on a sunny day.”

Visit the website at angmeringwalks.com