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distance 11.49km Vertical gain +149m Vertical drop -146m Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Arundel - West Sussex

This West Sussex walk starts from Arundel with its Castle, Cathedral and lovely High Street. The route takes you through Arundel Park before dropping down to the path alongside the River Arun for the return to the start.

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distance 9.15km Vertical gain +72m Vertical drop -64m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheriton - Hampshire

A pleasant Hampshire walk that starts from the attractive village of Cheriton to the east of Winchester. The route follows the River Itcehn north through Tichborne Park to Tichborne. Before following the Kings Way south towards Gander Down.

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distance 7.55km Vertical gain +27m Vertical drop -36m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Houghton - West Sussex

Starting from Amberley, this West Sussex Walk explores the River Arun visiting the villages of North and South South Stoke. The return route follows sections of the Monarch's Way and the South Downs Way.

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Bignor Hill and The Denture from Amberley
distance 14.05km Vertical gain +262m Vertical drop -263m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Amberley - West Sussex

This West Sussex walk explores sections of two long distance trails from Amberley on the banks of the River Arun. The outward leg of the route follows the South Downs Way with the return along a section of the Monarch's Way.

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distance 15.47km Vertical gain +301m Vertical drop -302m Durée 5h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Exton (Hampshire) - Hampshire

This Hampshire walk explores the beautiful Meon Valley and two of the highest hills that flank the valley. The route also includes some picturesque villages. There are pubs serving food and refreshments on the walk.

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Charleston Farm & Firle Beacon from Firle
distance 6.73km Vertical gain +198m Vertical drop -189m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Firle - East Sussex

This East Sussex walk takes you onto the South Downs for spectacular views north at Firle Beacon. The walk also offers the opportunity to visit Charlestown Farmhouse with its bohemian décor and associations with the Bloomsbury set.

Walking Rackham Hill from Amberley ( Download : )
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distance 10.52km Vertical gain +179m Vertical drop -182m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Houghton - West Sussex

This West Sussex walk offers a variety of scenery and includes a section of the South Downs Way National Trail. The route includes a visit to the village of Amberley from where convenient rail services are available.

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distance 8.8km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -165m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Exton (Hampshire) - Hampshire

A Hampshire walk from Exford in the Meon Valley that includes sections of the South Downs Way and the Monarch's Way. The walk includes a section of the old Watercress Line before climbing to the top of old Winchester Hill for some good views.

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distance 9.53km Vertical gain +167m Vertical drop -160m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Exton (Hampshire) - Hampshire

This Hampshire walk includes two villages, both with a pub, some fine scenery and a visit to an excellent viewpoint. Sections of the walk follow the South Downs Way and the Monarch's Way.

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distance 9.22km Vertical gain +191m Vertical drop -186m Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Elsted and Treyford - West Sussex

A West Sussex walk with a variety of contrasting scenery from woodland to rolling downs with expansive views. The route includes some ascents but these are rewarded by fine views. The walk also provides the opportunity to visit the Shepherd's Church near Didling.

Walking Singleton & Goodwood ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 12.84km Vertical gain +341m Vertical drop -339m Durée 4h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in East Dean - West Sussex

Featuring a flower-rich reserve, a pretty village, a fine viewpoint and the famous racecourse.

Walking Cuckmere Haven circular ( Download : )
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Cuckmere Haven circular
distance 13.48km Vertical gain +349m Vertical drop -345m Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Seaford - East Sussex

Beautiful out-and-back walk starting in Cuckmere Haven car park, taking in riverside, coastal path, village and forest

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Southease, Rodmell and Lewes Brooks
distance 9.61km Vertical gain +85m Vertical drop -82m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Beddingham - East Sussex

Using a part of the South Down Way, this circular walk goes through Southease, Rodmell, along the River Ouse and include one steep hill.

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Black Down, West Sussex, from Haslemere
distance 17.44km Vertical gain +414m Vertical drop -411m Durée 6h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Haslemere - Surrey

Starting and finishing at Haslemere, Surrey, the main objective, Black Down, lies in nearby West Sussex. Black Down is the highest point in West Sussex rising to 917 feet above sea level. The walk passes through a variety of landscape and offers some suggestions for alternative routes.

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distance 13.48km Vertical gain +265m Vertical drop -268m Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Haslemere - Surrey

This Surrey walk combines two well know local landmarks in a circular walk. The route starts from Haslemere and climbs onto Gibbet Hill before continuing to take in the Devil's Punchbowl, which is a depression of sandy heath.

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distance 8.21km Vertical gain +43m Vertical drop -44m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Alfriston - East Sussex

Alfriston is a beautiful village, with old houses and a lovely Common in front of its typical church. Clergy House was the first acquisition of the National Trust. This walk runs along the two river banks of Cuckmere River, via the White Horse, the horse is engraved with the chalk of a valley, and the return trip runs by a hill offering beautiful views.

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Kingley Vale, Stoughton and Goosehill Camp
distance 13.48km Vertical gain +319m Vertical drop -317m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Funtington - West Sussex

A figure-of-eight taking in the ancient yews of Kingley Vale, earthworks and a pub. Easy to change or shorten.

Walking Cowdray Castle ( Download : )
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Cowdray Castle
distance 2.8km Vertical gain +14m Vertical drop -14m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Midhurst - West Sussex

Visited by King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, Cowdray Castle was partially destroyed by fire in 1793.

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distance 12.65km Vertical gain +227m Vertical drop -225m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Burpham - West Sussex

This West Sussex walk explores the South Downs to the north of Burpham village. Using a mixture of tracks and field paths the route offers some fine views and includes a section of the South Downs Way.

Walking Cissburry Ring ( Download : )
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distance 6.61km Vertical gain +148m Vertical drop -148m Durée 2h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in West Sussex

This is a nice little 4 mile walk up to Cissbury Ring with amazing views over looking the sea and coastal towns of Worthing and Brighton from Cissbury Ring. Best attempted on a clear fine weather day so as to make the most of the views from the peak. This is a moderate walk that is not wheelchair friendly.

Walking South Downs Way ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 10.8km Vertical gain +200m Vertical drop -194m Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in East Dean - West Sussex

A gradual ascent to our local National Trail through grassland and woodland.

Walking Eastdean Hill ( Download : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 2.56km Vertical gain +85m Vertical drop -85m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Dean - West Sussex

Climb a wooded hillside for views over East Dean and its downland valley.

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distance 22.96km Vertical gain +474m Vertical drop -486m Durée 7h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Linchmere - West Sussex

A 23km tour of the hills to the south of Haslemere, with woodland, views and Shulbrede Priory, taking in elements of the Serpent Trail, Sussex Border Path and LipChis Way.

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distance 6.14km Vertical gain +121m Vertical drop -121m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Linchmere - West Sussex

A walk with two high sections and a bracing climb in the middle!

Walking Roches Hill ( Download : )
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distance 23.93km Vertical gain +466m Vertical drop -468m Durée 8h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lavant - West Sussex

This was a pleasant hike taking in a number of way marked trails with a number of small villages with friendly pubs to have well deserved drink and also some splendid views.

Walking South Harting to Emsworth ( Download : )
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distance 18.59km Vertical gain +198m Vertical drop -262m Durée 5h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Harting - West Sussex

Spectacular South Downs route to the coast - downland, woodland, Stansted Park, ending at Emsworth railway station.

Walking Upper Beeding circular ( Download : )
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Upper Beeding circular
distance 11.62km Vertical gain +196m Vertical drop -199m Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Upper Beeding - West Sussex

A nice variety - up high on the Downs, and back down to woodland, countryside, riverside - with Chanctonbury Ring frequently in view in the distance.

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From Lewes to Alfriston via the Ouse and the Downs
distance 18.07km Vertical gain +232m Vertical drop -224m Durée 5h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lewes - East Sussex

From lovely Lewes in East Sussex along the River Ouse valley, then up onto the South Downs for a bracing downland stretch with views across the Weald, gorgeous South Downs Way and the sea, ending up in the delightful village of Alfriston, where there are afternoon buses back to Lewes.

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South Downs Storrington to Pulborough
distance 13.76km Vertical gain +80m Vertical drop -106m Durée 4h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Storrington and Sullington - West Sussex

An easy, varied and beautiful nine-mile walk taking in small paths, Parham House grounds, woodland, Rackham, more woodland, Wiggonholt and Pulborough Brooks. Plenty to see and enjoy

Walking Loop in Slindon Estate ( Download : )
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Loop in Slindon Estate
distance 2.14km Vertical gain +19m Vertical drop -19m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Slindon - West Sussex

This walk in Slindon Estate is very easy and flat. Slindon Estate is 3500 acres of Sussex woodland, farmland, downland, and pretty villages all divided by paths, hedges, lanes and tracks leading up to the top of the downs.

Walking Arundel to Amberley ( Download : )
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distance 9.81km Vertical gain +51m Vertical drop -50m Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lyminster and Crossbush - West Sussex

A linear West Sussex walk from Arundel to Amberley following the course of the River Arun. The return route can be completed using the regular train service.

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distance 26.59km Vertical gain +426m Vertical drop -421m Durée 8h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Southease - East Sussex

This lengthy East Sussex walk traverses a section of the South Downs using the South Downs Way and other paths and tracks. The start is Southease station with the route taking you to Ditchling Beacon before finishing at Lewes. A convenient rail service links you to Southease.

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distance 10.12km Vertical gain +205m Vertical drop -242m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in East Dean and Friston - East Sussex

This linear walk from East Dean to Eastbourne includes many of the highlights along the East Sussex coast in this area. A frequent bus serrvice can be used to return to the start.