My Sussex Guide shows 10 of my favourite things to see and do locally, in no particular order!
Walk on the South Downs
You’ll find country footpaths within minutes of leaving Rosebud Cottage. Walk down Mouse Lane – just round the corner – or go along Mill Road. Within 20 minutes, you can enjoy wonderful views both beyond Brighton and towards the coast.
I particularly enjoy the walk to Chanctonbury Ring – an ancient hill fort. It is 3 miles away and quite a steep climb but you will be rewarded by fantastic views. As you get closer you will go along part of the South Downs Way. Books and maps in the cottage can help you plan your routes.
Swim at the nearby coast. Or just watch the waves!
The nearest beach on the Sussex coast is at Shoreham-by-Sea – a 15 minute drive or a 20 minute bus ride on the no 2 bus …. On a windy day you will see plenty of kite surfers!
If you prefer a sandy beach travel east along the coast to Climping – just beyond Littlehampton.
Enjoy beautiful Sussex gardens
You will be spoiled for choice if you are a garden lover! Don’t miss:
Nyman’s; RH17 6EB: (near Haywards Heath). One of the country’s great gardens created in the late 19th century by the Messel family. Now run by the National Trust it is usually open all year. 15 miles from Steyning. A 30 minute drive via the B2135 & A281.
I also highly recommend Parham House Gardens (near Pulborough), Highdown (near Worthing) and Sussex Prairie Gardens (near Henfield)
Try traditional English afternoon tea
Afternoon tea is a must if you stay in Steyning. If you are lucky you may have the opportunity to try a rhubarb or plum scone!
The Steyning Tea Rooms, Cobblestone Tea House and Victoria’s Sponge are all excellent and within a 10 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage.
Discover Sussex Churches
St Nicholas Church in Bramber – just a mile from Steyning – shares a chalk hilltop with the ruins of the castle. Both were built soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Braose, a close associate of William the Conqueror.
Originally a monastic church or chapel for the castle, St Nicholas became a parish church in the 13th century.
The nave, with its easily identifiable Norman south doorway, and the chancel have survived from the original church. The chancel arch has Norman carvings on the capitals.
Visit the Weald and Downland Museum
This excellent museum showcases rural buildings over the centuries.Their collection tells the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England for over 1,000 years.There are more than 50 buildings to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church.
The Museum is in Singleton, near Chichester. Read more about this Living Museum
Get close to nature at the Knebb Estate
Rewilding at the Knebb Estate, just south of Horsham, West Sussex, began in 2001. Their aim is to establish an ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible.
Rare species E.g. nightingales and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding here and numbers of common species have increased substantially.
They have recently been successful in having white storks nest and bring up their young on the estate. White storks lived in the area many years ago with name of the local town Storrington being based on ‘stork’.
Stroll on a pier
Worthing’s pier was the thirteenth to be built in England at a cost of £6,500. It was officially opened in April 1862. It is one of four Victorian piers on the Sussex coast and just 6 miles from Steyning
I am especially familiar with this pier, as I was born and grew up in Worthing.
Join A Vineyard Tour
Sussex has a growing number of commercially successful vineyards. They often do well in international competitions.
Do join a vineyard tour and sample the wines! I suggest a trip to Nutbourne or Wiston (just a few miles from Steyning)
Take a trip to Beachy Head
Beachy Head and its lighthouse are close to the start of the South Downs Way. Its about an hour’s drive from Steyning – just outside Eastbourne.
The cliffs here are part of the Seven Sisters – not the white cliffs of Dover, which are much further east in Kent.
If you are a keen hiker you might want to walk 8 miles along the cliffs. Park at Exceat, head for to Eastbourne, then catch the bus back
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