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Walking the Disused Railways of Sussex

Surrey, W Sussex

Walking the Disused Railways of Sussex includes a 34-mile route (and 12 other shorter routes) between Shoreham-by-Sea to Shalford, via Christ’s Hospital, linking the Adur and Wey river valleys, as well as describing other walking routes on the past converted trackbeds.

From Shoreham this uses the old railway route, now a multi-user track providing generally level walking, along the Adur valley through the gap in the South Downs to Steyning then across the Sussex weald via Henfield and Partridge Green, to Southwater and Christ’s Hospital, then to Rudgwick, reaching the Wey river valley after Cranleigh, passing Bramley to the finish. Much of the route is coincident with the Downs Link, and later the Wey-South Path after Cranleigh.

Most of the route is marked on OS mapping as a cycleway and as the Downs Link, that is waymarked.

This route provides a north-easterly route across Sussex from the coast that links the Adur and Wey valleys, while the Arun and Wey valleys can be linked by a more westerly route using the Arun Navigation (Wey and Arun Canal) to again reach the Wey-South Path at Cranleigh.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Cycle Route
Start: TQ217054 - Shoreham-by-Sea, W Sussex View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ001471 - Shalford Station, Surrey View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2005

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking the Disused Railways of Sussex


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 186, 187, 198
OS Landranger Active 186, 187, 198
OS Explorer 11, 34, 145
OS Explorer Active 11, 34, 145

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

B & B Accommodation
1 The Laurels  (bookable online)
3 Km
13 Km
Hostel Accommodation
1 Km
24 Km

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Route Profile:

55.6 Km (34.5 miles)
434 m (1,424 ft) ascent
99 m (325 ft)  maximum height

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