Take care of our countryside

Think, Share, Be Aware!

Are you playing your part?

Inspiring wetlands and ancient woodlands, chalk grassland walks and wonderful flowers and wildlife - there's so much to explore! Let's look after our countryside, and others who use it.




The number of visitors to the West Sussex South Downs, including the Downs Link, Worth Way and our country parks is on the increase, which is great!

But with the increase in users comes the need to be careful when out and about; whether that's on foot, bike or horseback, with friends, family or just walking the dog.

There are a few things you can do to ensure we all continue to enjoy our countryside:

  • Respect other visitors on your route and be courteous;
  • Cyclists: Please slow down and give way to walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users;
  • Please keep your dog under control and clear up after them. Any public bin will do;
  • Be aware parts of the Downs Link and Worth Way pass through working farmland;
  • Take your litter home with you. 

Think of other users, Share rights of way with others, and Be Aware of what's around you!

Path closures and disruptions

Path closures and disruptions


Starting from Monday 10 April, a stretch of Southwater's public bridleway (no. 3567) will close for up to six months while a new foul water sewer is installed.

The closure will be in place from its junction with Andrew's Lane in all directions.

Path users will instead be directed southbound along Station Road due to no alternative route available on the Public Rights of Way network.

The works are expected to be completed within four months.


The Environment Agency has started on a major flood defence scheme that will significantly reduce flood risk in Shoreham.

The whole scheme, that affects the southern end of the River Adur, is due to be completed by 2018.

Part of this scheme affects the Downs Link from underneath the A27 flyover to Shoreham High Street.

This means that this section of Downs Link will be closed. A signed diversion will be in place.

Work has started and will continue until early 2018.








Countryside events

Countryside events

We've got all sorts of events taking place throughout the year on the Downs Link, Worth Way and at Buchan Country Park.

For regular updates on what's going on, to book a place, and for all other countryside events and news, take a look at our events page.

You can also follow the Countryside Team @CountrysideWSCC on Twitter and on our Buchan Country Park Facebook page.

Workout your weekend

Workout your weekend

Whether by foot or bicycle, in the countryside or by the sea, you can be both chilled and challenged here in West Sussex.

Check out the West Sussex Weekends website for more information on what to see and do, and come and discover more of the West Sussex countryside and coast!



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