A wonderful walk from Steyning with fantastic views across the Sussex countryside..
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. Keep heading for the trees on the skyline. Once you approach the tress you will be able to enjoy magnificent views…
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. The walk takes an hour to an hour and a quarter.
I took the photo of wild garlic as I walked through the woods last weekend.
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, with 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 a 4 or 5 mile walk from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning!
Originally a small hill fort in a commanding position – so you can enjoy fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Pottery found and carbon dating on an animal bone suggest the fort was built in the early Iron Age, but some Bronze Age pottery has also been found.
The site is well known due to the beech trees, planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. They subsequently became a famous landmark, however, the Great Storm of 1987 destroyed most of them. The replanted trees are doing well.
If you walk on the South Downs Way – one of 17 national trails – you will pass Chanctonbury Ring. It is 242 metres above sea level. It is only 3 miles from Steyning & 15 miles from Brighton
You can see the radio masts at Truleigh Hill and in the far distance the trees on top of the downs at Chanctonbury Ring.
The South Downs Way– a long distance footpath – runs along the top of the downs.
Steyning is a ideal base if you are a keen rambler. You can walk east from Steyning to Chanctonbury Ring (3 miles away) and west up to Truleigh Hill where there is a youth hostel that serves drinks and cakes at weekends – daily in the summer.
Rosebud Cottage – a holiday home in Steyning sleeps 3 – it is currently available for bookings from October.
Its great location at the foot of the South Downs National Park!
You can enjoy fantastic scenery close by. There are many well sign posted footpaths leading on to the hills.
In the photo you can see the South Downs Way and Chanctonbury Ring: This is a large Bronze Age hill-fort, with far ranging views from the north edge of the South Downs across the Weald to the North Downs. There are views of the sea to the south and lines of sight to other prehistoric landmarks. Ancient tracks, round barrows and cross-dykes surround the site. Well worth a visit & just a 3 mile walk from Steyning …
Guests who enjoy walking wrote the following: “Lovely, well equipped cottage. Didn’t use car at all, so many walks from the village. Had our own maps but leaflets and books in the cottage were very helpful”
Many walkers stay at Rosebud Cottage. The South Downs in Sussex has many well sign posted footpaths. So if you enjoy walking perhaps you’d like a break there too?