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Steyning & Bramber

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Photo of Bramber Castle

Distance from the South Downs Way: One mile

The villages of Steyning and Bramber are located within a mile of each other and around five miles inland from Shoreham-by-Sea. The Downslink long-distance (36.7 miles) footpath, bridleway and cycle path run close by, connecting the North and South Downs.

Steyning is a very charming downland village located close to the River Adur, around halfway along the South Downs Way between Winchester and Eastbourne. It is overlooked by the famous Chanctonbury Ring and has an excellent selection of pubs, restaurants and shops as well as some beautiful old buildings which are sure to have you reaching for your camera!

Bramber is much smaller and best known for its castle, originally built to defend an important port on the River Adur. Dating back to Norman times, today the castle is mostly in ruins although the castle church still remains. Despite that, it still attracts lots of visitors, drawn in by its beautiful location and the fact that entrance is free.

Getting Here & Home Again

By Train & Bus

Steyning and Bramber are very well served by bus routes. The number 106 bus connects Steyning and Bramber to Worthing & Henfield. The number 100 bus runs east to west from Pulborough to Burgess Hill whilst the number 20 goes to Shoreham and the numbers 20X & 20A beyond to Brighton.

The closest railway station to Steyning is in Shoreham-by-sea, just under 5 miles away. Shoreham is on the main South Coast line between Portsmouth & Brighton and also has regular direct services to London Victoria (1 hour 15 mins).

By Car

The A283 runs very close to Steyning and Bramber, connecting them within a few miles to the A24 heading north towards Horsham, Dorking & the M25 and the A27 to the south, running parallel to the south coast between Eastbourne and Portsmouth. There are three car parks in Steyning which offer, plus a free car park in Bramber on The Street. There is also limited on-street parking in the villages.


There’s enough here to cover your basic needs with several pubs, a post office, banks, a library and numerous shops as well as a leisure centre.