Pathway extension further improves access for walkers and cyclists
A 5km stretch of new path has been given the green light, opening up year-round access for walkers and cyclists into the heart of the South Downs National Park.
The Centurion Way will be extended from West Dean to Cocking Hill Car Park, building on the success of the previous upgrade of the path in 2015. The trail follows the line of the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line, the last section of which closed in 1991.
The route of the former railway is now a popular 11km route for walkers and cyclists between Chichester and West Dean.
The name Centurion Way pays homage to the area’s heritage as the path crosses the course of a Roman road.
Tim Slaney, Director of Planning at the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “This new section of path is another significant step in our long-term ambition to create a safe, primarily off-road route for walkers and cyclists stretching all the way through the National Park from Chichester to Midhurst.
“Special attention has been paid to preserving or enhancing the various heritage assets – both designated and non-designated – along the route and the character and appearance of the West Dean Conservation Area.
“This extension also allows people to understand and enjoy the special qualities of the National Park – a key element of the Authority’s statutory remit.”