Canoe Days Out

Sussex - River Arun - Black Rabbit Arundel to Amberley (& return)

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How to get there - This paddle starts at The Black Rabbit, Mill Road, Offham, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PB

01903 882828

There are steep steps opposite the pub. I used a small free car park just before the pub, but the pub are apparently happy for their parking to be used if you give them some custom.

Get a map with driving directions to start (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Steps opposite the Black Rabbit Pub. Remember that the tide may mean more steps are showing on your return!

General Description - Distance to Amberley is about 4.5 miles, so the return is 9 miles, helped by tide all the way. This took me 3 hours of paddling slowly.


A nice, tide powered paddle upstream through beautiful countryside from the Black Rabbit to Amberley Bridge where there is a nice tea room (though not cheap!).


Check the high tide time at Littlehampton. High tide at Amberley is around 2 hours after this (make sure you allow for tide times being quoted in GMT if its summer). Advice suggests setting off from the pub at the time of High Tide in Littlehampton. You then paddle with a push from behind for about an hour and a half to Amberley, & by the time you've had a cup of tea the tide is turning to push you back!


The journey is through the lovely green countryside of southern England, where the downs push alongside the meandering river as it cuts through them.

Going upstream you pass South Stoke before swinging towards the steep hillsides, past cliffs and reaching Amberley. If early, you can extend the trip upstream.

On the return leg it is possible to vary the route by a loop down a narrow backwater towards Burpham. This goes under a railway bridge, adds about half an hour, and returns to the main river just before the pub.

The river will be lower when you reach the steps, and they may be muddy & slightly awkward.

The beer is excellent.

This paddle is featured in Pub Paddles by Pete Knowles

Comments on this trip

28 May 2019
Lovely trip , but be warned. The tea room at Amberly charge 7.50 landing fee per kayak. Even if you are planning to use the tea rooms!

28 May 2019

Phil Kemp
15 May 2019
Im planned a reenactment of your trip. One update is the pub will let paddleboarders launch and slight from their Jetty (code 8828) but not between 122 when they have a lot of customers.

30 Aug 2016
Hello Peter, Great trip schedule, it looks fantastic thank you very much! I'm trying to find the tide times for Pulborough. So,done has mentioned 4 hours after littlehampton. Would you or anyone have knowledge please Best, James

Michael audsley
15 May 2016
Great day out.Did it yesterday with my son.Lovely scenery..saw kingfisher and a white owl at South Stoke


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