My friend and I had been planning to visit Pulborough for ages, and finally the stars (and our calendars!) aligned. After a quick and easy train journey from Chichester – trains run regularly all weekend – we arrived in Pulborough.
After a short wander along Lower Street, we came across the Little Bean Cafe which, luckily for us, had just opened. We were delighted at the huge variety of options, for just about any dietary requirement. It’s refreshing to have a choice of vegetarian and vegan food. Our breakfasts and the coffee were delicious and the Little Bean team really looked after us. I also spotted the take-away afternoon tea…something to remember for next time! Friendly and welcoming to 2 legged (and 4 legged) visitors, this little haven is a lovely place to visit.
After a great start to our Pulborough adventure, we strolled along the Main Street and spotted The Flower Shop. The friendly florists were just setting up their beautiful outside display and they have an array of gorgeous garden gifts and stunning floral arrangements. A stop here is highly recommended if you want to treat someone you love…or even yourself! Hennings Wine Merchants, conveniently, is right next door. It was a little early for us but a quick peek through the door revealed an impressive selection of wine, gin and spirits.
A 5 minute walk found us down by the River Arun. At 37 miles long, it is the longest river in Sussex and there is even evidence of ships on the river in Roman times. As it was a hot day, we decided to continue our exploration by kayak.
Fluid Adventures have canoes and single, and double kayaks available to hire from The Swan Bridge – we booked online to avoid disappointment. We were provided with buoyancy aids, a map and a waterproof tub. We were then given a full safety briefing by Tommy, who was really helpful and didn’t mind answering a million questions!
The single kayaks felt incredibly stable and easy to control and paddle. After mastering the basics, we headed off. Even though the River Arun is one of the fastest flowing in the country, it was calm, tranquil and so relaxing. The scenery and the wildlife were amazing – you seem to see so much more from the water.
After an easy paddle, we arrived at our next destination – The White Hart Pub. We were advised to book ahead and we were glad we did! There is a landing for kayaks and canoes and we managed to get a table overlooking the river.
It was hard to decide what to have for lunch as there was so much choice, and all the plates on the other tables looked delicious. We eventually settled on sandwiches and enjoyed a cold beer and beautiful views during our short wait for them to arrive. We were not disappointed and the people on the next table told us how much they had enjoyed their burgers.
Just as we finished our sandwiches, the sun came out and it was time to paddle back. We passed several other kayakers who seemed to be having just as good a time as us and I was reminded of a line in The Wind In The Willows where Ratty says to Mole: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” After a wonderful afternoon in the great outdoors – I’m inclined to agree!
Thank you Pulborough!
Written by Saltwind Photography