Downs Link - Guildford to Shoreham
This is a terrific walking or cycling path running from St Martha's Hill in Guildford to Shoreham by Sea. The trail is suitable for walkers and cyclists and links the North and South Downs National Trails. It runs for a distance of just under 40 miles on a fairly flat off road path with great views of the Low Weald countryside.
You start on St Martha's Hill with terrific views of the Surrey countryside before heading south to Cranleigh along the Wey and Arun Canal. The path continues to Rudgwick and then onto the delightful Southwater Country Park. The park is one of the highlights on the route with a series of pretty lakes and lots of wildlife to look out for.
The next stage takes you to Henfield and then onto Bramber with its ruined 11th century Bramber Castle. The final stage runs along the River Adur taking you to Shoreham-by-Sea.
You can extend the ride by heading east along National Cycle Network Routes to Brighton via Portslad and Hove. See the Guildford to Brighton Cycle Route for more details.
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Downs Link Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Downs Link Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Downs Link OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Downs Link Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The attractive West Sussex village of Henfield is a nice place for a pit stop on the route. Here you will find the historic Plough of Henfield which dates all the way back to the 17th century. They do very good food and also have a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them on the High Street at postcode BN5 9HP for your sat navs.
The open trail is a nice one to do with your dog though be aware there will be some cyclists to share the path with. The Plough mentioned above is also dog friendly with biscuit treats and bowls of water available.