Circular Walk in Shoreham by Sea
This West Sussex town has some nice coastal routes and access to the River Adur and the South Downs.
This circular walk from the town takes you along the River Adur to Bramber Castle before heading across the downs and returning to the town via the Mill Hill Nature Reserve. There's excellent views to enjoy from the high points as you cross the Downs.
Start the walk just to the west of the train station where you can pick up a shared cycling and walking trail heading north along the River Adur to Upper Beeding and Bramber Castle. Here you'll find the ruins of an 11th century castle with a more complete church which was built as part of the castle residences and buildings.
After exploring the castle the route returns to Upper Beeding where you pick up a section of the Monarch's Way to take you south east across the Downs to Beeding Hill. From here there are nice views back down to the Shoreham coast and a National Trust car park.
The route continues to Thundersbarrow Hill and Whitelot Bottom. Here you turn west to Mossy Bottom before turning south to visit the Mill Hill Nature Reserve. This reserve is characterised by chalk grassland with lovely views of the Adur Valley. It is particularly beautiful in the summer months when there are wild flowers and butterflies, including the rare Adonis Blue butterfly. The site also includes a 500-metre easy access trail, which enables less mobile people to enjoy this site.
From the reserve you continue south to return to Shoreham town.
Shoreham by Sea Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Shoreham by Sea Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Shoreham by Sea OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Shoreham by Sea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Bridge inn is a fine place to go for some post walk refreshments. The main draw here is a lovely riverside terraced garden overlooking the River Adur. It's a great place to relax on a fine summer day. They do very good sea food if you are hungry. You can find the pub at 87 High Street with a postcode of BN43 5DE for your sat navs.
The river paths and the hill climbs across the Downs are ideal for fit dogs. The Bridge Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Bramber Castle is located very close to the attractive market town of Steyning. The town is worth exploring with a fine high street and a number of Tudor style half timbered houses and smart Georgian town houses to see. You can also try the
Steyning Walk which takes you north along the River Adur to Stretham.
The South Downs Way can be picked up near Beeding Hill. If you follow the trail east you can visit the Radio Masts on Truleigh Hill, Edburton Hill, Fulking Hill and the popular Devils Dyke.
Head east from the town and you can try the Brighton Coastal Walk which takes you along the seafront from Southwick to Brighton.
Also of interest is the Downs Link. This shared cycling and walking trail runs from St Martha's Hill in Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea. It links the South Downs Way and North Downs Way trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Sussex Walks and South Downs Walks pages.