Downs Link


Cranleigh on the Downslink © Colin Smith
Downs Link, South Wood © Nigel Chadwick
Fulfords © Chris Shaw

The Downs Link is a waymarked route open to walkers, horseriders and cyclists, linking the North Downs Way at St Martha's Hill, Surrey with the South Downs Way near Steyning, West Sussex via a disused railway line.

To read and print the trail leaflet that West Sussex County Council has produced please click here. For an overview map of the route please click here. For a six stage route guide please click here.


Assuming a constant pace and no stops, typically it will take 4 hours 33 minutes to cycle the distance and along the way 1927 calories will be burnt.

Bird's Eye View


Paul Jonsson (Woking, Surrey)
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 04:22

Many thanks for this very useful resource! It was very handy for my Woking base and so I walked it in April 2017 and recommend it. It's easy to navigate of course as it follows a rail route! Also quite easy walking with gradual gradients as you would expect. The only down-side for walkers is the start point of St Martha's hill is not accessible from public transport so I had to get an (expensive!) taxi there for an early morning start, I hope to do it again in 2018.

John Kedge
Fri 6 Oct 2017, 17:44

This path is definitely NOT suitable for cyclists. Even Olympic mountain bikers would be challenged. Please remove 'cyclists' from the description. For a cycle path start somewhere on the disused railway line that starts from Guildford.