A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Tag: Easy Access Trail

Easy Countryside Trails in West Sussex

Easy Countryside Trails (PDF, West Sussex County Council)

  • 14 walks from 0.3 miles to 2.7 miles
  • Mostly flat or surfaced but check individual routes, no stiles or steps
  • Facilities vary according to individual walks
  • some walks accessible by bus

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West Sussex County Council have produced an excellent booklet on Easy Access Trails in West Sussex. The walks are suitable for all including wheelchair and pushchair users, families, children with scooters, and less mobile people. Featured walks include Pagham Harbour, Arundel Park, Chichester Harbour, Chichester Canal, Southwater Country Park and Ardingly Reservoir. Many make excellent short walks, and are good options for winter walks. The booklet has very good maps and route descriptions to help you on your way.

Centurion Way Railway Path

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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.

Hollingbury Woods Easy Access Trail

Hollingbury Woods Easy Access Trail (PDF)

  • short easy access walk, free from gates and stiles and suitable for buggies, wheelchairs and the less mobile
  • smooth wide path with plenty of benches
  • about one hour walking time
  • on several bus routes

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Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent  ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series of leaflets, this leaflet details a short walk through woodlands on the northern edge of Brighton just off Ditchling Road (the link goes to the more up-to-date version by the South Downs Joint Committee).