If you would like a short easy walk head along Mouse Lane…. this runs from Steyning High Street to Wiston House. It is just around the corner from Rosebud Cottage and can be seen in my photo.
There are several footpaths going off Mouse Lane which you can explore. You’ll find a more challenging one on the left that leads up to Chanctonbury Ring
Do watch out for traffic as cars drive along the lane.
The Downs Link Path
If you are would like a longer walk on mainly level paths The Downs Link path could be just right for you. It goes between St Martha’s (near Guildford in Surrey) and Botolphs (near Bramber and Steyning) following old railway routes for most of the way. Where the route ends at Botolphs it joins the South Downs way and The Coastal Link path to Shoreham by Sea.
The route passes through a variety of countryside areas well worth seeing and at Loxwood it is very near the Wey and Arun Canal.
The route is approximately 36 miles long and is suitable for walking, cycling and horses riders.
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!
If you have climbed up to Chanctonbury Ring you will probably be ready to sit down and relax! This ancient site is a great place to sit and admire the fantastic views over the surrounding countryside
It was originally a small hill fort so needed a commanding position. Pottery found and carbon dating on an animal bone suggest it 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
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
Recent guests who enjoy walking wrote: “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”
There are stargazing walks, romantic rambles, beach side paths and pub trails for you to enjoy. Discover an amazing network of well sign posted footpaths and longer distance trails: The South Downs Way, The Downs Link and the Monarch’s Way.
It is a fantastic place for both keen ramblers and those who prefer to stroll and take it easy.
My photo shows a couple of my friends just a few minutes from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning, West Sussex.
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
The Devil’s Dyke is the longest ‘dry’ valley in the UK and home to the ruined ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, as well as some adventurous hang gliders!
This is a deservedly popular spot ….. Hikers can join the South Downs Way here and soon escape any crowds…
So you can get the most out of some of the South Downs most beautiful locations, there is a special bus service during weekends and public holidays from Brighton – Devil’s Dyke. Catch the no 77 (weekends and public holidays only)
The Devils Dyke is just 7 miles from rural Steyning in West Sussex.