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Walking & Cycling

Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and the surrounding towns and countryside is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bike and has something for everyone, whatever your ability. From gentle, flat routes along the coast to more challenging trails on the South Downs.

By bike.....

Why not explore the coastline by bike; you can follow the Sustrans Cycle Route 2 all the way along the seafront from the western end of Worthing's promenade and follow it east towards Shoreham-by-Sea, Brighton and Hove and beyond.

The coastal route from Worthing to Shoreham Harbour has some great coastal views and interesting locations to stop and relax, have a picnic or sample the menus of the many local cafes and restaurants. The pebble and sand beaches follow the curve of the bay and in Lancing and Shoreham are fringed with coastal plants and flowers. This coastal landscape offers a wildlife haven to a range of bird species, including egrets, terns and oyster catchers. Along the route you can visit local attractions including the Worthing Pier and Lido and the historical town centre of Shoreham-by-Sea.

It's easy to explore the area further; follow the link from Shoreham-by-Sea to the Downs Link. This leads you inland to the stunning landscape of the South Downs National Park.

The Worthing to Southwick Cycle Route leaflet contains a cycle route map and useful cycling contacts. Copies are available at Worthings Visitor Information Points.  

The Adur & Worthing Cycle Friendly Business list has been introduced to help cycling visitors find facilities just for them.

The Worthing Cycle Forum have put together a cycle parking list that contains useful information for any visitors arriving by bike.

On foot.....

The coastal towns of Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are a delight to explore on foot.

You can Discover Worthing on foot and discover many of the hidden gems tucked away.

Follow one of twelve self-guide Heritage Trails; leaflets are available from the Visitor Information Points at just 50p each. Choose from Old Village & Regency Town, Victorian Town & Civic Pride, The Town & The Sea, Parks & Gardens, Broadwater Trail, Broadwater Cemetery Trail, Tarring Trail, Goring Trail, Town Centre Pub Trail, Salvington & Durrington Trail, Cissbury Ring Trail and Highdown Trail.

There are plenty of opportunities to get out into the nearby countryside; enjoy the delights of the South Downs National Park, including the annual South Downs Way Walk.

Whether you're a walker or a cyclist, there's nothing like finding a place to stay that can accommodate your particular needs; somewhere to store your bike or that don't mind your grubby hiking boots. Look out for establishments participating in the Enjoy England 'Walkers Welcome' and 'Cyclists Welcome' assessment schemes.

Guided Walking Operators in the South Downs

All-inclusive History
All-Inclusive History is a Sussex-based organisation that supports individuals organisations across the country engage in local history and also provides walking and motorised tours of Brighton, Hove, Worthing and Sussex. They have tour guides and event organisers with experience of presenting talks and other events in Sussex, as well as a published author who has written widely about Sussex. 

Pied a Terre Adventures
An outdoor activity company providing tailored walking activities. Includes family photograpghy and navigation courses.
Pied a Terre Adventures Ltd., 12 Morris Drive, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9SF

Footprints of Sussex
Footprints of Sussex offer self-guided short breaks, guided walks, an annual South Downs Way walk, plus a baggage transfer service.
Pear Tree Cottage, Jarvis Lane, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3GL

So Sussex
So Sussex has various walking day tours and cycle tours. They also have over twenty bikes to hire with a pick-up/drop-off service.
3 Byelaw Cottages, Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex BN8 5EF

Walk and Cycle
Walk and Cycle offers a range of walking and cycling holidays, cycle hire, trail guides and a bag transfer service. 123 The Causeway, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4LN

South Downs Discovery
Walking and cycling routes, itineraries, information and advice plus baggage transfer. 18 Hurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2ER

Useful Walking Links

South Downs National Park Authority

South Downs Way (The National Trail) - Information to help plan walks on the South Downs Way

Ramblers Association
Arun-Adur Ramblers
Disabled Ramblers

Sussex Pathfinders

West Sussex County Council - Walking

Our Land -
SDNP endorsed website which promotes activities and accommodation in and around the South Downs and other protected landscapes

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