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Walk the South Downs Way!

There are several long distance paths that run through or close to Steyning. The best known are the South Downs Way, the Monarch’s Way and the Downs Link Path.

The South Downs Way

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South Downs Way at Chanctonbury Ring

The 100 miles (160 Km) long South Downs Way National Trail runs between Winchester in Hampshire and Eastbourne in East Sussex. It follows the old routes and droveways along the South Downs.

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It passes several Steyning local landmarks: Chanctonbury Ring, 3 miles to the west Cissbury Ring about 6 miles to the west and Devil’s Dyke, about 6 miles to the east, north of Brighton.

One of its ‘wow’ stretches is along the Seven Sisters (chalk cliffs) which ends at Eastbourne.

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South Downs Way along the Seven Sisters

Read more about the path

The Monarch’s Way

The Monarch’s Way in Sussex is part of the 615 mile footpath, followed by King Charles II, as he fled the country in 1651. His father Charles I had been executed 2 years earlier. It ends at the port in Shoreham by Sea (5 miles from Steyning) where Charles caught a boat to France.

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Part of Charles‘ route was from just south of Steyning up to Truleigh Hill.

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Do visit the nearby Youth Hostel for tea and cake!

The Downs Link Path

The Downs Link path runs between the North Downs Way and the South Downs Way. It is 37 miles long. You can join it in Steyning. There is also a coastal link path which goes to Shoreham by Sea.

Read more about the South Downs

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