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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Canoe, Kayak & Paddleboard Hire – Get away from the masses and join our family run business on the banks of the river Arun. Take your time and relax at our stunning launch site. Explore the one of the most beautiful and calm sections of the Arun river. We have free parking and onsite refreshments, everything for a great day out by the river.
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.
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.
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
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.