The Sompting Estate’s downland has some wooded hillsides like those of the western downs, and also bare 'whale-backed' hills like the eastern downs. It has gentle slopes running down towards the sea, and also some steep scarp slopes echoing those on the Wealden edge a little to the north.
The setting of the Downs Barn is an ancient and lovely landscape, and a microcosm of the landscape of the South Downs as a whole. The distant white cliffs of Seaford Head can be seen from the Downs Barn, in the gap between the wooded hills of the Mountain and Lancing Clump. Nearby are Cissbury and Chanctonbury rings, and the Steyning Bowl: from any of these, you can look either north to the blue plain of the Weald, or south to the blue sea.
Many different beautiful walks can be enjoyed in the excellent network of public footpaths, and two flower- and butterfly-rich hillsides with open access and great views, on the Sompting Estate's downland.
Start points with (limited) parking for exploring this part of the downs include: St Marys Church Sompting, the Lyons Farm retail park, Beggars Bush Car Park and Picnic Area, Cissbury Ring, Chanctonbury, Lancing clump. Details of what is to be seen on different walks will be added to this website later.
The dotted green lines below are Public Rights of Way:
History & Interpretation Protection Management Learning Zone (SDNPA) link: Geology of the South Downs South Downs National Park Authority South Downs Land Management Group South Downs: Conservation Country Land & Business Association South Downs Forum National Farmers Union South Downs Society CPRE Sussex
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