Beginning in Steyning you make your way to the banks of the River Adur. The land abounds with wild grasses and flowers and during the summer there are many butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies.
The river attracts a wide variety of birds including herons, swans, ducks, kingfishers and cormorants. The river once carried trade with France, including Caen stone for the churches at Steyning, Beeding and other buildings in the area. The stone was also extensively used by the cement works at Beeding.
Today the river is a haven of peace and delight. This walk crosses the Downslink (a bridleway linking the South Downs Way to the North Downs Way) and then takes you via local farms into the countryside. There are great views of Truleigh Hill, Chanctonbury Ring and Lancing College. There are ample opportunities on the walk for picnicking, when dry on the river bank. The walk is suitable for dogs, providing they remain under control and on the lead near farms and animals. On returning to Steyning don’t miss a visit to the visit to the Church of St. Andrew and St Cuthman.