Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walk

This 7.5 mile walk takes in the lovely Adur Valley before climbing into the South Downs. The walk starts and finishes at Shoreham-by-Sea rail station which sits on the south coastline with trains running between Brighton and Southampton and from London Victoria; if you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park. Click ‘ View Website’ for more information.

Access notes

  • The walk is flat for the first few miles, before a fairly stiff climb onto the South Downs and a gentle descent back into town.
  • Half of the route is surfaced, but the paths through the downs and farms can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must.
  • You will need to negotiate several gates, some steps and two stiles (both with gaps alongside for dogs to pass through).
  • You will be sharing one of the pastures with cattle (although this stretch is on the South Downs Way so the livestock are used to walkers), one with sheep and one with horses.
  • Small Dexter cattle are also used for conservation grazing in the nature reserve at some times of the year.


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