An Adur Valley Walk in the Wilderness

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jul 27

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26 km / 16 miles and taking 8 hours

I'll be leading this walk at the height of Summer 2019 to get us ready for the late summer months and allow us to enjoy the views across the South Downs and the magnificent prospect of the English Channel and the mists beyond. 

We'll see the River Adur, the South Downs, a profusion of prized and protected places, three nature reserves, three conservation areas, one national park, and the sea between us and our friends across the water. It'll be a great yomp to stretch our minds, body and souls. 

We'll gaze upon Lancing College Chapel, with its soaring French Gothic revival architecture, St Andrew's Church in Steyning with its rich Norman carving throughout, St Mary de Haura Church in Shoreham with its Saxon nave and lofty Norman extensions, Tudor Steyning Grammar School with its timber framing and the fragments of Angevin Bramber Castle with its isolated pieces of wall.

We'll get to see New Shoreham's set of lanes with a High Street running down to the river that grew up when the new port was begun in the 13th century. It's pleasant and intimate in scale with much use of flint beach pebbles for building. The town is now a jaunty and prosperous place benefitting as a port and an outlier to Brighton. Also included is Steyning, which is halfway between a large village and small town, but one of the best of its kind in Sussex and very satisfying to walk around. There are many pretty buildings from the 16th century to 19th, tile-hung, timbered, or stuccoed. Finally, there is Bramber which has one street leading out from castle and church to Upper Beeding. It's pleasant enough despite only a few buildings being noteworthy. 

See the route here.


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