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Centurion Way (PDF, South Downs National Park, full route) or Centurion Way Chichester to Lavant (PDF, part route) (West Sussex County Council)

  • 2 and a half miles one way from Chichester to Lavant or 5 mile return
  • 2.8 miles extra to walk on to West Dean making the whole walk just over 5 miles one way
  • Mostly flat, tarmacked or with compacted stone
  • pubs at Lavant, West Dean, and in Chichester, a mile from the route’s start.
  • accessible by bus and train – extra 1 mile walk to/from railway station

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The Centurion Way is a route for cyclists and walkers between Chichester and West Dean. The route is along the old Chichester to Midhurst Railway which opened in 1881 to improve access to London. The railway’s decline started with the withdrawal of passenger services in 1935 and the line north of Lavant was closed completely in 1957.The section between Lavant and Chichester was used for the transportation of sugar beet and gravel. However, this ceased in 1991 and the tracks were removed in 1993. Two years later, the first stretch of the Centurion Way opened,the name suggested by a local schoolboy and is based on the fact that the path crosses the course of a Roman road. There are sculptures along the route relating to local history.

Just beyond the walk  are  West Dean Gardens and a little further on, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.