Welcoming walkers, cyclists and riders

Steyning is situated roughly half way along the South Downs Way & the Chequer Inn is always delighted to welcome walkers, cyclists and riders following the trail to refresh themselves with drink and food at our historic 15th Century Coaching Inn.

We also offer overnight accommodation for tired and weary walkers and cyclists!

The South Downs Way

The South Downs Way, one of Britain's National Trails, is a long distance footpath in Southern England. It runs for around 100 miles from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in Sussex. The South Downs Way passes through the South Downs an area of outstanding natural beauty, which has been earmarked to become a National Park.

About half way along the trail, the South Downs Way passes through the historic medieval town of Steyning.

The South Downs Way follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. The undulating route provides a wonderful trip for long distance cyclists and riders as well as walkers. It also provides interesting day trips and short breaks.

Organise a walking holiday along the South Downs with local guides Footprints of Sussex.

National Trail website

The Downs Link

The Downs Link is a long distance national path for walkers, riders and cyclists.

The route runs between Guildford and Botolphs near Bramber, following closed railway routes for most of the way. Where the route ends at Botolphs it joins the South Downs Way and The Coastal Link path to Shoreham by Sea.

The route passes through a variety of countryside areas well worth seeing and at Loxwoodthe Link is very near the Wey and Arun Canal.

The route is approximately 36 miles long.

Downs Link website

Other Country Walks Near Steyning

The countryside in and around Steyning provides walking for all abilities.

There are many circular walks and rides on the South Downs from Steyning including Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring. Distances range from approximately 3 to 10 miles.

There are many walks and rides in the other areas around Steyning including the Adur Valley. Several of the routes link to the Downs Link and the Bramber, Ashurst and Wiston areas. These areas have a few slopes rather than hills and often pass through wildlife areas, farmland, wetland and woodland, offering stunning views of the South Downs from Washington to Hurstpierpoint. Distances range from approximately 3 to 12 miles.