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

trainbuscup of tea

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.