Length: 24.1 km (15.0 mi) [Shorter Walks possible, see below]
Net Walking Time: ca. 6 hours (add 10 mins for diverting to the lunch pub)
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 08.36 Southampton Central & Bognor Regis train from Victoria (CJ 08.43, EC 08.53), arrives Amberley 09.57. You have to be in the rear part of the train, which splits at Horsham.
Thameslink-ites: take the 08.35 train from London Bridge (all stations from Bedford) and change at Gatwick Airport (09.04/09.09).
Return trains from Shoreham-by-Sea: xx.12, xx.43 (both direct) & xx.47 (change Brighton)
Buy a Ford return! (that’s where the two lines meet).
From the webpage:
This walk, which can be done in either direction, follows the South Downs Way (SDW). The route follows the crest of the South Downs Ridge with good views in both directions. It passes Chanctonbury Ring
, a ring of trees planted on the remains of an ancient Hill Fort. This spot has a beautiful 360° views, and is the recommended picnic spot.
Apart from the endings in Shoreham or Lancing, the route is very well way-marked. All the paths are wide, easy to walk on, and easy to follow. The route is almost entirely over an open and treeless chalk ridge, which is very exposed in wet or windy weather. [But the prevailing wind is from behind, of course.]
At the half-way point, there is a break in the ridge, where the route crosses the A24 dual carriageway. There is a slightly longer 'via Washington alternative' which avoids this crossing, and passes a walker-friendly pub (re-opened March 2019).
Walk Options (for details see webpage and map):
· Finish in Bramber for a bus to Shoreham
· Finish at Lancing station (walk 15 minutes through suburbia)
Lunch: The Frankland Arms
(11.0 km/6.9 mi, food all day) in Washington
. It looks like “Mat and Yan” have taken on a 20-year lease on this formerly shut Enterprise Inn pub, so let’s support them by spending loads…
Tea: several options on beach and river, near the station.
For walk directions
, height profile
, some photos
and gpx/kml files