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White named disc with bridge in greenDowns Link

Surrey, W Sussex

58 km / 36 miles
A bridleway link between the two Downs National Trails and extension southwards to Shoreham-by-Sea. From St Marthas Hill on the North Downs Way the Link is over wooded heath and farmland to meet and follow the trackbed of the former Horsham and Guildford direct railway through Cranleigh and the former Shoreham to Itchingfield Junction line through Partridge Green and Bramber, crossing farmland to meet the South Downs Way, and then on to Shoreham-by-Sea.

Update September 2020 - A new section of the Downs Link has been opened along a previously disused section on the old Guildford Railway Line behind Christ's Hospital station, near Horsham. The GPX files have been amended to reflect this and it means that anyone using this route between Mill Lane and Christ's Hospital Station will now be able to do so safely off-road. Walkers and riders will now be able to avoid a stretch of around 2km of road walking.


Waymark: White named disc with bridge in green
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: White named disc with bridge in green
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start: TQ035485 - St Martha's Hill, Surrey View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ207060 - Shoreham-by-Sea, W Sussex View on StreetMap
Web Sites: West Sussex CC - Downs Link British Horse Society RideMaps - Downs Link Annierak - Downs Link [blog] Rambling Man - Downs Link Downs Link [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Downs Link  (West Sussex County Council ) Download
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Guidebook Walking the Downs Link : planning guide & reflections on walking from St. Martha's Hill to Shoreham-by-Sea  (Tribal Publishing  - 2017 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 186, 187, 198
OS Landranger Active 186, 187, 198
OS Explorer 11, 34, 145
OS Explorer Active 11, 34, 145
Other Paper Maps:
ZigZag 25 Stripmap
Downs Link: Martha's Hill to Shoreham-by-Sea (Yellow Publications - 2023)

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GPX Route File
Downs Link GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 27/11/2020 22:41:37 - Change in route near Horsham and route audit
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MemoryMap Route File
Downs Link Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 27/11/2020 22:41:37 - Change in route near Horsham and route audit
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Tracklogs Route File
Downs Link Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 27/11/2020 22:41:42 - Change in route near Horsham and route audit
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Route Profile:

58.6 km (36.4 miles)
491 m (1,611 ft) ascent
133 m (436 ft)  maximum height

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