A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Category: Worthing and Adur Walks

Adur, named after the River Adur, is a district to the west of Brighton. Its neighbour, the Borough of Worthing, is further west along the coast. The southern part of Worthing and Adur is made up of a predominantly urban coastal strip of eleven miles. The South Downs are to the North including the extensive iron age hill-fort of Cissbury Ring and Lancing College,with its impressive chapel nested in the Downs.

As well as the seaside town of Worthing itself, there are other small towns such as Lancing and Shoreham-by-Sea, where the Downs Link path ends.

Highdown Trail

Highdown Hill

Highdown Trail: History, Myth and Beauty (PDF, Worthing Heritage Trails) and The Highdown and Highdown Hill (PDF, iFootpath)

  • choice of short 2km walk on the Downs north of Ferring on the edge of Worthing (Worthing Heritage Trails) or longer 2.5 mile walk (iFootpath walk)
  • The Highdown Tea Rooms and Pub and Highdown Gardens on route
  • mainly grass, occasional flint and chalk footpath. Moderate climb to the summit for shorter walk but hard going for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Second walk has a few steady climbs and a couple of kissing gates.

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A short but interesting walk up to Highdown Hill’s fine views. Although a relatively small hill, its unique position as the only hill on the Sussex coastal plain gives it commanding views along the coast, from Beachy Head in the east, to the Isle of Wight in the west. It is said to be the traditional burial place of the kings of Sussex, and the remains of a Saxon cemetery as well as a Roman bath house have been found on the hill.

Highdown Gardens contain a collection of rare plants and trees, collectively deemed a National Collection. The gardens, set in a former chalk pit, is owned and maintained by Worthing Borough Council with admission being free.

Three Circular Walks in Angmering

Bluebells at Angmering estate - geograph.org.uk - 1277660

Angmering Walks (PDF)

  • Choice of 3 walks – Copse Walk: 4 and 3/4 miles, Parkland Walk: 5 and 1/2 miles, Woodland Walk: 7 miles
  • mostly flat, sometimes muddy
  • pub along the way – The Woodman Arms
  • accessible by bus

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These three walks explore the fields, woodland and paddocks around the Angmering Estate in the South Downs National Park, north of Angmering village and the A27. The private Angmering Park Estate dates back to at least 1279 and is well known for its fantastic display of bluebells in the spring. It even hosts an annual 10k bluebell trail run (now sold out for 2016 ).   The third of these walks – the Woodland Walk – is the best for bluebells.

These walks are well described and illustrated, but the details may be  little dated, not that much changes too fast on the estate.

For a longer walk (11/12 miles), try the  circular walk walk between Burpham and Angmering Forest (Fancy Free Walks, PDF)

For more woodland and Bluebell walks nearby, see the World’s End Patching Walks.

The Woodland Trust has some good photos of the Angmering Park Estate on its website.

Shoreham-by-Sea Walks

Souths Down near Shoreham

View from the Monarch’s Way

Shoreham by Sea and Upper Beeding Walks (South Downs National Park, PDF)

  • Two linear walks between bus stops of 4 and 4.5 miles, but you can easily make your own circular walks
  • low beamed Red Lion and Amsterdam pubs at Shoreham at start/end of one of the walks but little else
  • grassy paths and bridleways, uneven at some points, and some climbs
  • Shoreham by Sea train station is within reach of the Shoreham walk and also see Shoreham by Sea and the Downs Link (PDF, iFootpath) for a 7.5 mile circular walk from the station

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A choice of two walks with other options which take you up on the Downs above Shoreham where are are excellent downland views over the Adur Valley and towards the sea.

The Shoreham walk begins at the Red Lion bus stop in old Shoreham, near the wooden old Shoreham Toll Bridge, built in 1781, linking Shoreham-by-Sea to Lancing and Worthing by crossing the River Adur tidal estuary.  From Shoreham, it’s a walk up to Mill Hill Nature Reserve, with great views over the Adur valley and across to Lancing College. In summer, look out for Adonis Blue butterflies. Up on the downs, the route heads eastwards towards Mossy Bottom Farm and then southwards towards Slonk Hill Farm, before returning to the urban fringe.

The Upper Beeding walk starts begins on the South Downs Way, before soon switching to the Monarch’s Way. This 615 mile long distance path is based on the lengthy route taken by King Charles II during his escape after defeat by Cromwell, but perhaps leave that for another day….

Heading southwards, you’ll encounter Thunders Barrow Hill, a bronze age barrow, and The Rest and Be Thankful Stone, a block of sarsen stone measuring roughly three feet square and two feet high, and makes an excellent seat (possibly originating from Southwick Church). You finish the walk by heading over the A27 tunnel at Southwick Hill, opened in 1996 and where the 490 metre long tunnel thankfully preserves a little downland, before getting back to Old Shoreham Road.



World’s End Patching Walks

Bluebells at Clapham Wood Sussex

World’s End Walk (Hall & Woodhouse, PDF) and Patching Circular (Argus Website)

  • 3.2 miles, 80-100 mins (Hall & Woodhouse walk), 5 miles, 2 and a half hours (Argus Walk)
  • both walks start and end at the World’s End pub in Patching, near Worthing, just off the A27
  • accessible by bus

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The Hall & Woodhouse Walk is an enjoyable and interesting walk over gently undulating Sussex hills with lots of variety including open fields, good views, wooded tracks, peaceful lanes and a lovely amble through the village of Patching. This is one of Hall and Woodhouse’s public House Walks, with the walk starting and finishing at the dog-friendly and attractive World’s End pub.

The Patching Circular starts and ends at the pub too, but takes in the village of Clapham with its Church of St Mary the Virgin, believed to have been built in the 12th century, and Clapham Wood, known for its profusion of bluebells in the spring.

Clapham Wood may seem like an ordinary wood, but as well as its bluebells,  it is known for UFO sightings, devil-worship, animal disappearances and murder – see The Clapham Wood Mystery.  Enjoy your walk!

Cissbury Ring Circular

Cissbury Ring ramparts
Cissbury Ring Circular (Argus)

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This is a walk from the  northern edge of Worthing, up on to the lower slopes of the Downs, climbing all the time on a well-graded path, to the ever-prominent Cissbury Ring, before heading back down on a different downland path. Cissbury Ring is is the largest hill fort in Sussex, the second largest in England, and is truly impressive in scale. Set high up on a chalk promontory, its ditch and ramparts enclose about sixty-five acres, and on a clear day there are views across to the chalk cliffs beyond Brighton and as far as the Isle of Wight.