Storrington is a great centre for outdoor activities. Located at the mid-point of the South Downs Way, the Downs can easily be explored on foot, by bike, by horse or from the air by glider (flying the South Downs Ridge).
Although the paths to the Downs from the town are quite steep (roughly a 45 minute walk), there are also two car parks close by on the Downs that make the views easily accessible. From Kithurst Hill, right above the town, you can see: the sea along the Sussex coast, the Isle of Wight, Black Down (the highest hill in Sussex), the North Downs in Surrey and Kent and everything in between.
THE ROUTES TO THE DOWNS
Click anywhere on this map to go to OpenStreetMap showing a contoured map with the paths from Storrington to the South Downs National Park and to the South Downs Way.
The paths to the Downs are quite steep. The South Downs Way is about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) by footpath and 150 metres in elevation above the centre of Storrington and it takes about 45 minutes by foot. There is no parking up Greyfriars Lane, but there is a limited amount of temporary car parking by the South Downs Way at the top of Chantry Lane (Chantry Hill) and at the top of the unmarked road off Amberley Road (towards Kithurst Hill).
OpenStreetMap has a number of useful features for walkers and cyclists including a direction finder which recognises the paths.
Here are four local walks prepared for you by the Storrington & Sullington Community Partnership. This leaflet contains a brief description and map of each walk.
For a full description, click on the name of the walk below to open a PDF file. You are welcome to download and print out all of the information.
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See Horsham District’s history first-hand with these self-guided heritage trails exploring the towns, villages and countryside. Each trail is dedicated to a different area of the District and includes sites of special interest and stories from all eras of the area’s past. There are PDF leaflets to download.
There are several trails covering areas local to Storrington recorded by a local team organised by Storrington Community Partnership.
The trails project is supported by Horsham District Community Partnerships Forum and local history societies with National Lottery Heritage Funding.
Stride and Ride in Thakeham: Thakeham Parish Council has made a collection of suggested walks/rides in and around the parish of Thakeham. You can link through to the maps to guide yourself with a smartphone, or download PDF versions to print – including full directions and descriptions of points of interest en route.
The Fancy Free Walks website is a guide for people who love to walk, to observe and enjoy our incredible countryside (and townscapes too) at a leisurely speed, and who like to read a little of the story behind the places they visit. Distances vary from a soothing 1½ km (1 mile) to a bone-shattering 42 km (26 miles).
The routes are described in fine detail using both text and maps. If you like careful and precise directions all along the way, these walks are designed specially for you!
The Walk4Life website has thousands of walk ideas all over the country. Originally funded by the Department of Health, there is now a £5 a year subscription to get full access. The website uses OS maps which can easily be printed out at home so is proving really popular. People can also keep a track of the walks they have done and set themselves a target!
Welcome to Arun-Adur Ramblers in West Sussex, part of the Ramblers Association.
Our group is centred around Worthing, close to the South Downs National Park and our walks range from Chichester to Eastbourne, with many local ones.
We provide regular walks through local countryside and we are always pleased to see new faces. To try our walks just turn up !
We arrange social events and some members monitor footpaths that provide access to the local countryside for all walkers.
Coombes Farm Experience
Coombes Farm ExperienceSussex Working Farm Experience
Coombes Farm Church Farm Coombes Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0RS work
Phone: 01273 452028work
National Garden Scheme
National Garden Scheme3,500 breathtaking private gardens opening for charity – find yourself a fantastic day out.
Phone: 01483 211535work
Pied A Terre Adventures
Pied A Terre AdventuresYour gateway to the outdoors: unique and inspiring walking experiences.
Summit House 12 Morris Drive Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9SF work
Phone: +44 (0)1403 788994work
Pied A Terre Adventures is a family run company based in West Sussex offering unique and inspiring walking and outdoor experiences throughout the UK.
Southdown Gliding Club
Southdown Gliding Club
Parham Airfield Pulborough Road Cootham Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HP home
Phone: 01903 742137 (Office – Mon-Fri 9:30 – 12:30)work
Phone: 01903 746706 (Clubhouse – Weds / Sat / Sun / Other flying days)work
Southdown Gun Club is placed in the heart of Sussex, located just North of Worthing, near Findon.
Southdown Gun Club is a firm favorite with clay pigeon shooters of all abilities. For the experienced shooter there is skeet, DTL, ABT, Compak and our famous English sporting practice layout. With regular registered competitions for all disciplines including English sporting, FITASC & Sportrap, offering cash prizes in all classes.
If you are new to shooting we have starter stands and qualified instructors who will soon have you confidently breaking clays. This is coupled with our activity centre where we also offer Corporate days and clay shooting experiences for stag, hen & birthday parties.
We are the best clay shooting ground in the South, so come and see us soon, we’ll be happy to show you around.
Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club (SDBCC)
Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club (SDBCC)
Southdowns Bikes 28 West Street Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4EE work
The Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club is a club for road and off-road cycling enthusiasts based at the foot of the South Downs in the village of Storrington, West Sussex.
The Cycling Club is affiliated with the British Cycling Association.
It was formed in June 2009 started with 15 members. We now have in excess of 100 members and membership is growing.
The Club has grown and in recent years we have successfully hosted events for our members that include rides, socials and for those in need of a brush up, some vital maintenance and skills to keep you on the road or even off it!
Regularly listed in the top 20 shoots in the UK, Springhead produces some of the most outstanding driven Pheasants and Partridges in the county.
The shoot consists of part of the north facing escarpment of the South Downs between Storrington and Amberley as well as some flatter ground to the north. Most days start with a drive on the lower ground to allow the Guns a chance to get their eye in before moving onto the hill and some seriously testing birds. Drives such as Gullies, Kithurst Hill and Targets are some of the finest in the country. Having seen teams fail to reach their anticipated bag with ratios of up to 17 to 1 in the past the Estate now lets each day on the basis that the team will fire a minimum number of shots during the day (there is no maximum) and the bag achieved is purely down to the skill of those shooting.
Storrington Lawn Tennis Club
Storrington Lawn Tennis Club
Greyfriars Lane Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HE work
Phone: 01903 740029work
The Storrington Tennis Club, founded in 1938, is a friendly Club which warmly welcomes new members. It caters for all standards of play, from beginners to team players, from the young to the more mature. It is situated on the edge of Storrington in an idyllic location just at the foot of the South Downs. The Club runs a number of teams in the senior and junior section that compete against various clubs in the county, both during the summer and winter months.
The club offers outstanding tennis facilities. We are a private members Club with a thriving membership of 500, made up of 290 seniors, 130 juniors and 80 mini tennis members and it’s expanding!!
Nine Courts in Total (seven are floodlit)
Five Astroturf Courts
Two Artificial Clay
One Macadam Hard Court
One Mini Court
Clubhouse (free WIFI)
On-line court booking
Welcomes children & adults at all levels seeking to enjoy equestrian activities in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere.
An exhibition, loos and a café for all the walkers, cyclists and holiday makers who use Sullington as their gateway to the Downs.
See Sullington Manor Farm website for latest opening times.
West Chiltington Lawn Tennis Club is a sociable and inclusive club with competitive membership fees. The club comprises a small clubhouse and three hard courts, two with flood lights. Social tennis sessions take place on Thursday mornings, Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings during the summer. On Monday and Tuesday mornings a rota operates for ladies games. The club has resident and visiting coaches with regular coaching sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Mens tennis every Sunday morning is open to all. In addition to tennis there is tea and cake on Saturday afternoons and supper once a month at the Wednesday social evenings.
Reduced annual membership fees are offered if joining or renewing before 1st May.
We are two local countrymen who really enjoy walks around West Sussex countryside. We would like to bring to you some of the secret areas of West Sussex. Follow the links or pages for countryside walks in local West Sussex areas. With local pubs, cafes and rest stops along the way, our routes will guide you along a wonderful countryside adventure.
West Sussex Golf Club is a private members club where the pleasure of playing on an outstanding world-rated golf course is matched by the opportunity to socialise in a traditionally styled clubhouse providing friendly service, comfortable members’ facilities and catering renowned for its quality and value. The atmosphere throughout reflects the enthusiasm with which members preserve the best of the old whilst embracing the benefits of the new.
Visitors are made welcome on most days of the year as guests of a member, or as part of a society or as a member of another recognised golf club in the UK or abroad. All visitors are treated as a member for the day and can therefore enjoy all our facilities. For those yet to make a visit, we can undoubtedly say West Sussex will make your journey worthwhile.