Outdoor Activities

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

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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.


LOCAL WALKS

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.

Walk Distance Duration
North Storrington / West Chiltington Walk 2.7 miles or
6 miles
1 hour 20 min. or
3 hours
Short Downsland Walk 3 miles 1 hour 45 min.
Storrington History Walk 45 minutes or
1 hour 10 minutes
Sullington Hill and Downsland 6-7 miles 3 hours

FIND WALKS NEARBY – CLICK ON THE ICONS

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.

District heritage trails

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.

Thakeham Stride & Ride

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!

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West Sussex County Council has a range of information about outdoor activities.  In particular, there is a downloadable leaflet describing trails suitable for all including wheelchair and pushchair users, families and less mobile people.

Easy Countryside Trails

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!

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ORGANISED ACTIVITIES

https://www.arun-adur-ramblers.org.uk

Arun-Adur Ramblers

Website: www.arun-adur-ramblers.org.uk
http://coombes.co.uk/

Coombes Farm Experience

Sussex Working Farm Experience
Coombes Farm Church Farm Coombes Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0RS Phone: 01273 452028 Website: coombes.co.uk
https://www.donkeywalking.org.uk/

Donkey Walking at East Clayton Farm

East Clayton Farm Storrington Road Washington, West Sussex, RH20 4AG Phone: 01903 741011 Website: www.donkeywalking.org.uk
https://www.horsham.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/walking/health-walks

Horsham District Council Health Walks

Website: www.horsham.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/walking/health-walks
https://ngs.org.uk/

National Garden Scheme

3,500 breathtaking private gardens opening for charity – find yourself a fantastic day out.
Phone: 01483 211535 Website: ngs.org.uk
https://www.patadventures.com/

Pied A Terre Adventures

Your gateway to the outdoors: unique and inspiring walking experiences.
Summit House 12 Morris Drive Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9SF Phone: +44 (0)1403 788994 Website: www.patadventures.com
http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/pulborough/

Pulborough Rugby Football Club

Freelands Pulborough Road Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4HP Phone: 01903 746463 Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/pulborough
https://www.riversidesouthdowns.com/bikes

Riverside Bike Hire

Cycle hire in the South Downs
Riverside Tea Rooms Houghton Bridge Amberley, West Sussex, BN18 9LP Phone: 01798 831066 Website: www.riversidesouthdowns.com/bikes
https://www.riversidesouthdowns.com/boats

Riverside Boat Hire

Self Drive Boats on the River Arun
Houghton Bridge Amberley, West Sussex, BN18 9LP Phone: 01798 831066 Mobile: 07393 447028 Website: www.riversidesouthdowns.com/boats
https://www.southdowngliding.co.uk/

Southdown Gliding Club

Parham Airfield Pulborough Road Cootham Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HP Phone: 01903 742137 (Office – Mon-Fri 9:30 – 12:30) Phone: 01903 746706 (Clubhouse – Weds / Sat / Sun / Other flying days) Website: www.southdowngliding.co.uk
http://southdowngunclub.co.uk/

Southdown Gun Club

Muntham Farm Findon, West Sussex, BN14 0RQ Phone: 01903 877555 Website: southdowngunclub.co.uk/
https://www.strava.com/clubs/62751?hl=en-GB

Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club (SDBCC)

Southdowns Bikes 28 West Street Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4EE Website: www.sdbcc.co.uk
http://www.williampowellsporting.co.uk/springhead-estate/

Springhead Pheasant Shoot

Contact: Willaim Powell Sporting
Phone: 01295 277197 Website: www.williampowellsporting.co.uk
http://www.storringtontennisclub.co.uk

Storrington Lawn Tennis Club

Greyfriars Lane Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HE Phone: 01903 740029 Website: /www.storringtontennisclub.co.uk
No Site Shot Available

Storrington Women’s Recreational Football for over 35s or beginners

Friday afternoons 1.30 – 2.30pm during term time Contact: Gillian Weston
Chanctonbury Leisure Centre Spierbridge Road Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4PG Phone: 01903 740748 Mobile: 07962 016927
http://www.sussexequestriancentre.co.uk

Sussex Equestrian Centre

West Wolves Farm Billingshurst Road Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3AY Phone: 01903 892798 Website: www.sussexequestriancentre.co.uk
https://www.sullingtonmanorfarm.co.uk/the-cafe-at-the-old-workshop

The Old Workshop at Sullington Manor Farm

10am – 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. See our website for latest opening times.
Sullington Manor Farm Sullington Lane Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4AE Phone: 01903 745754 Website: www.sullingtonmanorfarm.co.uk/the-cafe-at-the-old-workshop
https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/WestChiltingtonLTC?

West Chiltington Lawn Tennis Club

Membership Secretary Contact: Lindy Williams
Mill Lane West Chiltington, West Sussex, RH20 2PZ Phone: 01403 741747 Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/WestChiltingtonLTC?
https://westsussexcountrywalks.com/

West Sussex Country Walks

Guides to countryside walks in West Sussex – see notes
Website: westsussexcountrywalks.com
http://www.westsussexgolf.co.uk/

West Sussex Golf Club

Golf Club Lane Wiggonholt Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2EN Phone: 01798 872563 Website: www.westsussexgolf.co.uk