Furnace Lakes

Church St, Rudgwick, Horsham RH12 3EB

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Parking

There are a couple of small lay-bys either side of the Kings Head pub, but can be busy. There is a pub car park but is for patrons only, so may be worth combining with a drink at the end!

Terrain

Not too hilly but a few gentle climbs. A couple of private roads to walk on, other than that it's mainly muddy field and woodland paths, some of which were very boggy when we went. Kissing gates and stiles - but check review for more info.

Water

The lakes are very pretty and you can walk around them but are private angling lakes and lots of signs up saying no dogs entering the water. Apparently large predator fish in there too! In a section of woodland before we got to the lakes there was a great stream which Hank loved.

*Update 31/3/22. A local walker reported very angry people complaining about them being on private land when exploring the lakes, so avoid walking off the public footpaths in these sections and you should be fine!!

Poo Bins

No bins here.

Local Features

Right by the Kings Head pub if you fancy combining your walk.

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About My Walk

This is a really nice walk and particularly at the end October was really beautiful. It's very peaceful too, we only came across a couple of other walkers and anglers on the whole walk.

The walk starts by walking through the Holy Trinity church yard, and beyond the next field you come to a cross roads. We took the path dead ahead through the large field which leads on to a great woodland area. Through this you walk past some farm houses and along a private road for a little bit before eventually the sign posts lead you off to the left, again across a big field. Past the field and through the gate we went right, and the small woodland takes you onto the lake perimeter path.

If you don't want to encounter any stiles then you can walk around the lake and come back as you came in - I made a circular route but beware on the return leg past the lake there are 2 or 3 stiles which are a nuisance, one which I had to lift Hank over. Once past the lake the path leads you out of the gated entrance - the path to come back is almost hidden immediately on your right past the entrance - this leads you through some fields and woodlands again, eventually joining back on the path near the beginning. Once through the gates don't go down the hill as this leads straight on to a busy main road.

It's quite a large area and there are other routes and footpaths available so I would definitely recommend a GPS app here. There are several areas where there are signs to keep your dog on the lead, and also a couple of grazing fields where you'll need to as well. However there are also lots of large expanses where I let hank off and he had plenty of opportunities to run free and was suitably worn out in the car on the way home!

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