There are two excellent local trails: The Lower Horseshoe and the more challenging Upper Horseshoe. This climbs high into the South Downs and then follows the horseshoe shaped ridge before descending back into the town. Whilst it is a short walk, the climb is fairly strenuous so it is ideal for people who may be short of time but still want a challenge.
The path follows chalk and clay paths which may be muddy after wet weather. There is a long and reasonably steep climb to reach the ridge and some sections of the descent are also a little steep. There are no stiles and just a few gates and kissing gates. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Start by walking up Sir George’s Place in Steyning – just off the High Street. Turn right up a footpath when you see the tennis courts. Turn left just as you reach an open field for the Lower Horseshoe walk. Keep heading for the trees on the skyline for the Upper Horseshoe walk. Once you approach the trees you will be able to enjoy magnificent views down to Steyning and across the Downs to the east …
Bear left as you walk through the trees. When you leave the trees head along the footpath back down into the town. You will come into Newham Lane and later the High Street.
If you would like a longer demanding walk I suggest walking to Chanctonbury (3 miles) or further to Cissbury (5 or 6 miles).
Just north of the coastal town of Worthing, Cissbury Ring is one of the jewels in the crown of the new South Downs National Park. It’s the largest hill fort in Sussex and has a history dating back over 5,000 years.
Set high up on a chalk promontory, its ditch and ramparts enclose about sixty-five acres. From the top on a clear day you can see forever: Enjoy views across to the chalk cliffs beyond Brighton and as far as the Isle of Wight.
Centuries of continuous grazing have produced a marvellous habitat for butterflies and flowers. Rare plants such as the round headed rampion, known as the ‘Pride of Sussex’, thrive here. If you want to walk, fly a kite or just enjoy some spectacular views Cissbury has it all.
During spring and autumn you can see a wide variety of migratory birds as Cissbury is one of the first coastal landing points after their long flight across the channel.
It’s just a 4 or 5 mile walk from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning!
The South Downs National Park is one of 15 in the UK. You can walk the length of the Downs on the South Downs Way – a long distance footpath. There are some great sections of the trail which start within a mile of Steyning.
Walk to the west for 3 miles and you will reach Chanctonbury Ring. This is a large Bronze Age hill-fort, with far ranging views across the Weald to the North Downs. There are also views of the sea and lines of sight to other prehistoric landmarks, for example, Cissbury. You’ll see ancient tracks, round barrows and cross-dykes that surround Chanctonbury.
Join the path on the road to Shoreham at High Trees car park and head east. After 6 miles or so you will arrive at Devil’s Dyke. Rumour has it that the dyke was created by the devil who was trying to flood part of the country..
The Monarch’s Way also runs close to Steyning – said to be used by King Charles 2nd in the 17th century, on his escape to France.. There are many, many other well signposted public footpaths and bridleways that you could explore too
This Sussex pub is sure summer is on its way – so has started serving Pimms!
Pimms is a brand of fruit cups, but may also be considered a liqueur. It was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm. Usually served with mint & fruit slices as in the photo. Always available at Wimbledon!
Post by Jenny at http://www.steyningcottages.co.uk
The pub is a 15 minute drive from Steyning or a long walk over the hills! It’s one of my favourites in the lovely village of Fulking just below the South Downs ….
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A relatively new sport that first gained popularity in the late 90′s, kitesurfing is a mixture between windsurfing, surfing, wake boarding and power kiting. Different size kites allow you to kite surf in various wind strengths. The lighter the wind, the bigger the kite and in stronger winds smaller kites are used
Courses are held at the South Coast’s premier kitesurfing location – Lancing Beach in Sussex, one hour from London, twenty minutes from Brighton. The shallow flat water and prevailing cross onshore winds provide perfect conditions for novices
The Seven Sisters chalk cliffs run between Seaford (near Brighton) and Eastbourne in southern England. They are in the South Downs National Park – not to be confused with the white cliffs of Dover further east!
You will follow the South Downs Way along the top of the cliffs … it’s a lovely walk… the best known in Sussex and about 8 miles long altogether.
Start walking from Exceat, Birling Gap or Eastbourne. You can stop for tea and cake at Birling Gap!
There is parking at Birling Gap and also at Exceat … Exceat is a 45 minute drive from Steyning & within easy reach of Brighton.
It is always good to have a circular walk that will take you back to your starting point! This is a pleasant fairly level walk which follows the river Adur for about a third of the way. I have done it myself and it took about 3 and a half hours. You’ll see views of local landmarks en route: Truleigh Hill, Lancing College and Chanctonbury Ring. You can stop for a picnic on the river bank or on a well positioned bench!
You’ll find copies of a leaflet describing this walk waiting for you if you stay as a guest at Rosebud Cottage in Steyning. You can also download it: Circular river and countryside walk
Another picture of the excellent Weald and Downland Museum..
Discover traditional buildings that tell the story of the people who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period! Explore the 40-acre site and visit some of their 50 exhibit buildings.
Many of their houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. Enjoy demonstrations: E.g Cooking in their Tudor kitchen; milling flour in their working watermill; blacksmithing in their Victorian smithy.