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The Big Walking Weekender

2024 dates still to be released

Welcome to the 2024 Big Walking Weekender

Experience one of the UK’s finest landscapes during the Big Walking Weekender.   Explore the beautiful area by booking your space on these inspiring and friendly walks, headed up by knowledgeable walk leaders.  The date for this year’s event is not yet set, but please do look at some of the examples from last year – as listed below in A Selection of Guided Walks – to get an idea of the sort of thing you can expect.

Whether you are a novice, a regular health walker or an experienced rambler, Steyning, the surrounding South Downs and Adur River are areas of outstanding natural beauty, offering stunning scenery and something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to this event’s agenda of special guided walks, Steyning & District abound with many local trails that you can enjoy.  To see the guide leaflets available to tempt you to try one – or all of them –   click here for guides

The Weekender is organised by the Steyning & District Community Partnership Visitor & Tourism Committee.  This small group works tirelessly to bring this event to fruition (and many more !) – a fantastic team of volunteer

A Selection of Guided Walks

Use the buttons below to see more details and book tickets for each walk. 


Friday 19th May

Friday 19th May 2023. Start 2pm

A walk organised by “Greening Steyning”. Discover a “wilding” project in St Andrews graveyard, an introduction to the Abbey Road new community orchard, and other hidden delights in the Conservation Project.

Friday 19th May 2023. Start 7:00 PM

The Steyning and District Community Partnership has organised the Big Walking Weekender 2023 as part of their Visitor and Tourism Committee.

An hour and a half walk mainly on the flat until Bramber Castle hillock, join us while we guide you through the past as we share stories about local ghosts and ghouls, the history of smuggling as well other sinister legends and folklore.

Meet at the Castle Inn Hotel in Bramber.

Hosted by Charley Lowe and Ann Blakelock.

Saturday 20th May

Saturday 20th May 2023 – 5 am to 7 am.

A lovely morning set within the beautiful farmland seeing and hearing the bird life as part of this wonderful dawn chorus. A wealth of information from the farmer, Derek Crush. Includes a coffee and bacon roll.

Hosted by Derek Crush.

Saturday 20th May 2023 – Starts 10 am

Meet at the playground Fletchers Croft, opposite the St Andrew’s Church, to make and colour kites then fly the wonderful creations, before walking to Cobblestones for cupcakes!!

Hosted by Charley Lowe

Saturday 20th May 2023 – Starts 10 am

The Bluebell Walk will start at the Mouse Lane information board.

After starting at 10 am the walk will finish at 11.30am back at The Chequers pub for coffee.

A gentle walk along the lower slopes of the South Downs, through a woodland area of bluebells and then up a slope to enjoy the view before returning.

Although this walk has no charge, it is still necessary to book your place via the booking link that you will find below.

Children and well behaved dogs are all welcome.

Walking boots or wellingtons will be required if wet.

Hosted by Ann Blakelock

Saturday 20th May 2023. Start 10.45 am

At the start time we will gather at the Downland Scheme hut, at the North end of Nightingale Lane, just off Mouse Lane. We will do a circular walk from there with two, or perhaps three, stops for sketching sessions.

Participants can bring what materials they like,( but I will have a supply of paper and drawing materials), something waterproof to sit on and a packed lunch.

My telephone number for any queries is 07980 554434

Proceeds to Steyning in Bloom

Hosted by the Elisabeth Harden

Saturday 20th May 2023. 11 am start.

A family-oriented trail around Steyning of hidden signs, secrets and surprises. Any child who can count to ten should manage a clue or two! Starting from Steyning Museum, pick up your set of clues and set off. There is no prize for the fastest, most correct answers but there will be a small prize for each child under 10 who enters. When you’ve finished, why not visit the museum which will have a special exhibition on Steyning and its history.

A small prize for completed forms

Prebook to guarantee a form

Hosted by Hilary Winter (Member of the Visitor and Tourism Committee)

Saturday 20th May 2023. 7 pm start.

This walk explores half a millennium of Steyning’s liquid history. See where malthouses, breweries, inns and public houses were situated in the past and whether any trace of them can be found today. The White Horse, the Star and the Chequer are still trading – see and hear something of their history, all set within the background of drinking establishments in Sussex.

At the end of the walk we can, of course, visit a pub for a drink!

Hosted by Dr Janet Pennington.

Sunday 21st May

Sunday May 21st 2023. 8.30 a.m start

A wonderful group dog walk up into the South Downs National Park. Enjoy a beautiful trail meeting at the Chequers Inn pub before heading towards Mouse Lane to access this amazing park. Take in the sights and sound with your dog and like minded dog owners under the expert guidance of a local dog walker, Sharna Leggott

Sunday 21st May 2023. Start 9.30 am

We are very lucky to have Cathy involved this year together with her company; Heads up Navigation.

Sunday May 21st 2023. Start Time 10am – finish around 12 noon.

The Charlton Court Plantation Walk takes place mainly on the Wiston Estate land. Lovely views from the South Downs with an abundance of butterflies, orchids and birdlife, together with 16th century Wiston House in the distance. The descent is via the Rifle Range coombe.

Hosted by Dr Janet Pennington.

Sunday May 21st 2023. Start 10:00 AM

A wonderful walk from Washington to Steyning along the South Downs Way before dropping down into Steyning. Walkers will meet at the Frankland Arms in Washington before following Ronnie on this beautiful walk whilst you take in the scenery and hopefully the majestic skylarks.

The walk is Approx 6 miles and will end at the Chequers Inn where you can grab a coffee or something stronger.

Led by Ronnie Reed.

Sunday 21st May 2023. 2PM to 4PM

Meet in the Orchard on the Memorial Playing Field. (What3Words : ///static.haven.snails)

Spend a couple of hours immersed in all things fruity with Steyning Community Orchard guides, as we take you on a tour of our two main orchards. We will start at our main orchard on the Memorial Playing Field. We will tell you about the fascinating history of some of our 25 Sussex apple varieties, and explain how important orchards are for our environment and biodiversity.

The Walking Weekender walks use the same grading as Ramblers, to describe difficulty, as follows:

  • Easy Access – walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please take care using this grade.
  • Easy – walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
  • Leisurely – walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
  • Moderate – walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

(Strenuous and Technical grades are not required for our event!)


Are the walks free?

To offset our expenses, most of our walks have a small charge with a limit on number of walkers. Look out for the link at the bottom of each Walk page, which will take you to the booking area. However, we have managed to include 2 walks which are free of charge.

This event is being run on a not-for-profit basis and the small amount of money raised will help towards the cost of running The Weekender.

How do I know if a walk's right for me?

All walks are graded as easy to moderate with the length and times stated.  Some walks have steep ascents/descents and so are suitable for more experienced or reasonably fit walkers

How do I find out more and book ?

Simply click on the walk title your are wanting to join to find information.  There you will  find the link to book a ticket,  if needed.

What happens if it is bad weather ?

This will depend on the type of walk.  Information will be available leading up to the day of the walk so check this page for status.

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