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

Temporary Closure of the Downs Link at Copsale (Bar Lane car park)

A temporary closure will be in place for surface improvements on the Downs Link in the Parish of Nuthurst between Copsale (Bar Lane car park) to footpath FP1815 (the first footpath heading South towards West Grinstead).   Work commences Monday 10 / Tuesday 11 September 2018. Works will take approximately 4 weeks and during this time the Downs Link will be closed during working hours only (7.30am – 4.30pm) and will be open on weekends.  No alternative route is available.

The car park will be closed throughout the duration of works, including weekends and non-working hours. Alternative parking is available at West Grinstead.

Temporary Closure of the Downs Link at Southwater

The Downs Link will be closed from Wednesday 22nd August 2018, to ensure pedestrian safety during the construction of Phases 1.6 and 3.1 of the Broadacres development. An alternative route will be provided. The diversion runs between Worthing Road, Southwater heading South for approximately 1.5km.

The current closure expires on 26th January 2019. However, our intention is to apply for an extension of the time, until July 2020, in line with the expected completion of the plots adjacent.

Flood Defence Scheme Latest

The Environment Agency has started work 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 Autumn 2018.

The works mean that the Downs Link in Shoreham, from south of the Old Shoreham Toll Bridge to Shoreham High Street, will remain closed.

A signed diversion will be in place until works are completed. 








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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