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Excellent Walks in and near Steyning

Summer or winter there are some fantastic local walks in the area. You can do many starting from the cottage without any need to drive!

Mouse Lane

If you would like a short easy walk head along Mouse Lane. It runs from Steyning High Street to near Wiston House.

It is just around the corner from Rosebud Holiday Cottage!

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There are several footpaths going off Mouse Lane which you can explore. You’ll find one more on the left that leads up to Chanctonbury Ring   This is a far more challenging walk!


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Do watch out for traffic in Mouse Lane as cars drive along the lane.

River Arun Walk

Another easy flat walk is along the River Arun in the direction of Henfield to the north, or towards the nearby villages of Bramber and Beeding to the south.    

The Lower and Upper Horseshoe Walks

These are circular walks starting a very short distance from Rosebud Cottage. The lower walk is mainly through attractive woodland and takes about an hour and a quarter. I join it from Mill Lane. 

The upper walk takes a little longer involving a steep climb into the South Downs offering fantastic views. To avoid the steepest descents start the walk going up Newham Lane.

Long Distance Routes

The South Downs Way

This 100 miles National Trail runs close to Steyning. 

Head west for Chanctonbury Ring or east in the direction of Brighton for the Devil’s Dyke. Find out more about the South Downs Way

The Downs Link Path

If you would like a longer walk on mainly level paths, The Downs Link path could be just right for you. It runs from near Guildford (in Surrey) to Botolph’s (near Bramber and Steyning), following old railway lines for most of the way.

Where the route ends at Botolph’s, it joins the South Downs Way and The Coastal Link path to Shoreham by Sea.

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The route passes through a variety of countryside areas and at Loxwood is very near the Wey and Arun Canal. It’s about 36 miles long and is suitable for walking, cycling and horse riders.

To join the path walk up Church Street, then follow Kings Barn Lane.

The Monarch’s Way

This long distance path is said to have been the route followed by Charles II when he was escaping to France in the 1650’s. It goes up towards Truleigh Hill where you can have views of the sea.

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Read more about the South Downs

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