Centurion Way Railway Path

A 5.5 mile (9km) route from Chichester to West Dean.

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A route between Chichester and West Dean following the line of part of the disused Chichester to Midhurst Railway.

Route information


  • Chichester, near to Bishop Luffa school - Grid ref: SU 847 047
  • West Dean - Grid ref: SU 857 112

For use by

Walkers and cyclists - suitable for most wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Nearest locations

Chichester, Lavant and West Dean


Mostly flat or slightly hilly. Southern section is tarmacked to the north of Lavant. Lavant to West Dean is compacted stone. At West Dean, there are steps with a cycle wheeling ramp.


Landscape, views, sculptures, archaeology, West Dean Gardens, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum



  • OS 1:25,000 Explorer series: 120
  • OS 1:50,000 Landranger series: 197

About the Centurion Way Railway Path

Download the Centurion Way leaflet, which contains a route map and some historical facts on the disused railway and development of the route.

The name Centurion Way is based on the fact that the path crosses the course of a Roman road. Eye catching sculptures relating to aspects of local history have been provided along the route.

The route connects with the South Coast Cycle Route at Fishbourne where cyclists can continue westwards to visit Fishbourne Roman Palace and Bosham. Northwards, the route continues to West Dean House and Gardens and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton.

Find us

Visit the iMap for route details.

- In the blue 'Search' field on the left, select City, Town or Village from the drop-down list.

- Enter Chichester > Search.

- Under Local Information, select 'Walks within 5km'.

- Select Centurion Way > Further information from the options provided.