long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Around Bignor’s Roman Remains

Bignor Roman Villa

Around Bignor’s Roman Remains (AA)

  • 5.3 miles (8.5km) – about 2 hrs
  • Downland and woodland tracks and paths, some road, with one steep climb
  • chance to visit Bignor Roman Villa and cafe (seasonal)
  • White Horse pub at Sutton
  • infrequent buses to Bignor Roman Villa – check Villa website.

cup of teabushistoric attraction

Situated beneath the downs and discovered by a ploughman in 1811, Bignor Roman Villa features various fine mosaics, depicting scenes of gladiators and representations of Venus and Medusa, and are housed under thatched Georgian buildings built to protect them.

Bignor Hill from Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Hill from Bignor Roman Villa

Running across Bignor Hill, where the walk begins, is Stane Street, a Roman road constructed about 70ad to connect the port of Chichester with London. From the 737ft hill there are very fine views across the rural Sussex landscape. The walk descends down to the village of Sutton where you pass a picturesque wealden house. You then have the chance to visit the Roman Villa, and perhaps pop into the White Hart in preparation for the climb through woodland back up to the start.

For a longer walk 10 mile walk, try Bignor and the South Downs (Fancy Free Walks, PDF)

1 Comment

  1. I tried this walk today but found it to be too biased towards road walking. But it was a nice prompt to see some less familiar countryside

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