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Walking and horseriding routes

With some of the most beautiful countryside in England, West Sussex is one of the most wooded counties in the country. Eighty percent of the county is rural and over 50% of it is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you want a stroll by the sea, a wander in the woods or a hike over the Downs, there's plenty here for you to explore!

Longer trails

Route (links to further details) Distance Start/Finish For use by*
Centurion Way Railway Path 11 miles (17.7 km) Chichester to West Dean W - C
Chichester Tree Trail 1.5 miles Chichester W
Downs Link 37 miles (59 km) Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea W - C
High Weald Landscape Trail 90 miles (145 km) Horsham to Rye W
Monarch's Way 615 miles (990 km) Worcester to Shoreham Harbour W
New Lipchis Way 39 miles (62.4 km) Liphook to Chichester Harbour W
Serpent Trail 64 miles (108 km) Haslemere High Street to Petersfield W
South Downs Way 101 miles (160 km) Eastbourne to Winchester W - C - HR
Sussex Border Path 150 miles (240 km) Thorney Island to Rye W
Sussex Ouse Valley Way 42 miles (67 km) Lower Beeding to Seaford Bay W
West Sussex Literary Trail 55 miles (88.5 km) Horsham to Chichester W
Wey-South Path 36 miles (58 km) Greensand in Surrey to South Downs W
Worth Way 10 miles (16 km) Three Bridges to East Grinstead W - C - HR


* W= Walkers - C= Cyclists - HR= Horse riders

  • Overview map of routes (PDF, 55KB) - to follow

 

Easy walking trails

A booklet has been produced featuring the 14 easy countryside trails listed below. The walks contained in the booklet are for the enjoyment of all, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, those wanting a gentler walk and walkers who are less mobile.

Route Distance (round trip) Extensions (E) or Shorter circuit (SC)
Chichester Marina 1.2 miles (1.9 km) (E) Birdham Pool: 0.8 miles (1.3km)
Centurion Way Chichester to Lavant 5.0 miles (8.2 km) -
Pagham Harbour and Sidlesham Quay 1.9 miles (3.0 km) (SC) 0.7 miles (1.7km)
Chichester Canal 2.7 miles (4.4 km) -
Church Norton and St Wilfrid's Chapel 0.6 miles (1.0 km) (E) Additional 200m (220 yards) to church
Pagham Harbour North Wall 0.8 miles (1.4 km) -
Graffham, Lavington Park and Stud 1.6 miles (2.6 km) -
Burton Pond 0.6 miles (1.1 km) (E) Burton Church 1.0 mile (1.6km) or
(E) Chingford Pond 1.3 miles (2.1km)
Arundel Park 0.7 miles (1.1 km) -
Southwater Country Park 0.6 miles (1.0 km) -
Downs Link Southern leg
0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Northern leg
0.5 miles (0.8 km)
(E) Northern leg to extends further north
Buchan Country Park 2.3 miles (3.6 km) (SC) 1.6 miles (2.5km)
Ardingly Reservoir 1.5 miles (2.5 km) -
Cobnor Point, Chidham 1.3 miles (2.0 km) -


The complete booklet can be downloaded below. However, the walks are conveniently listed in numerical order, so you can print out the particular route of interest to you.

Please contact the Public Rights of Way Team with any feedback or suggestions for further routes that could be included.

Supporting document

 

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