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|Steyning Upper Horseshoe Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 17 Mar 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A circular walk of just more than 3 miles from the small market town of Steyning in West Sussex. Steyning is a charming town, popular with tourists, from home and abroad, for its architecture, rich history and wonderful location at the foot of the South Downs. The walk follows the trail known locally as the upper horseshoe, climbing high into the South Downs and then following the horseshoe shaped ridge before descending back into the town. Whilst it is a short walk, the climb is quite strenuous so ideal for those people perhaps short of time but still wanting a challenge. |
The walk follows chalk and clay paths which may be muddy after wet weather. There is a long and reasonably steep climb to reach the ridge and some sections of the descent are also a little steep. There are no stiles and just a few gates and kissing gates. Cattle may be grazing in the short section through chalk grassland so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Steyning is accessed from the A283. Free parking is available at the Steyning Centre car park. The car park is accessed from Vicarage Lane and the entrance is directly opposite St Andrew’s Church, signed for Steyning Centre and Recycling Point. Approximate post code BN44 3XZ.
|Steyning Centre to The White House|
Start point: 50.8891 lat, -0.3253 long
Before you start the walk you may wish to head back along the car park access road to take a closer look at St Andrew’s Church. This is the earliest piece of architecture in the town, dating back to Norman times. Facing the church is a statue of St Cuthman in an eternal thoughtful pose (pictured as the walk icon). St Cuthman’s legend states that he was a shepherd who cared for his paralysed mother by moving her around in a cart like a wheelbarrow. He founded and built the church at Steyning even though it was later rededicated to St Andrew. The church has a Cuthman chapel and a picture of St Cuthman with his wheelbarrow continues to be Steyning's logo on its town sign.
|The White House to Ridge Top View Point|
Start point: 50.8844 lat, -0.3382 long
Continue with The White House on your left and immediately afterwards fork to the right up a footpath signposted with a blue arrow for Steyning Nature Trail. Go ahead up stepped tree roots onto the woodland path.
|Ridge Top View Point to Chalk Grassland|
Start point: 50.8804 lat, -0.3476 long
With the bench on your left continue straight ahead along the narrow mud footpath between trees, running parallel to the fence on the left. When you come to a wooden waymarker with two blue arrows, take the right hand fork starting to head downhill. Ahead you’ll reach a kissing gate, go through this gate marked this time with the yellow nature trail arrow.
|Chalk Grassland to Bowling Club|
Start point: 50.8867 lat, -0.3488 long
Pass through this kissing gate and enter the section of chalk grassland. Note that cattle are used at some times of the year to maintain the grassland so take care with dogs for this short section.
|Bowling Club to Steyning Centre|
Start point: 50.8891 lat, -0.3332 long
Take the right hand fork in the T-junction with the road, passing the tennis courts on the right. As the road bends to the right look out for the clock set into the chimney pot of the house on the right. A few paces later, opposite house number 38, turn left down the tarmac footpath and follow this slope down to the High Street. Turn right along the High Street.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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