There is a spell of easy walking today followed by gradual and gentle inclines. The path then climbs steeply to Chanctonbury Ring, an ancient and magical circle of Beech trees. The path descends slowly around the southern edges of the Steyning Bowl valley and into Botolphs. Descend on a gentle path into the town of Steyning, tonight's overnight stop. If you are staying in Upper Beeding tonight instead, please follow the track for Amberley to Upper Beeding. If you are unsure if you are staying in Steyning or Upper Beeding please consult your accommodation details.
Steyning is a charming small town with a population of approx. 6,000 people. There are a handful of pubs, cafés and boutique shops. It's definitely worth taking a bit of time to explore the town, including the old Grammar School which is a beautiful building with black timber frames dating back to the 17th century. There is also a local history museum (see points of interest for more info).
The South Downs Way occassionally crosses busy roads, take care when crossing!
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the South Downs Way map published by Harvey's Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's South Downs Way by Jim Manthorpe & Daniel McCrohan.
Food & Drink
Stock up on supplies in Amberley, or ask your accommodation upon check-in if they offer packed lunches. Although you will be walking through towns and villages, café opening hours are not always guaranteed, therefore we recommend taking enough food and drink to see you through until your next overnight location.
Weitere Infos und LinksPlease see the interactive map for notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
Buchtipps für die Region
Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles may be helpful on some of the ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.