Join the South Downs Way near Steyning

Join the South Downs Way near Steyning

South Downs Way

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

 

Hike on the stunning Seven Sisters

Hike on the stunning Seven Sisters

Enjoy a hike along the cliffs

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.