The Downs Link is a 37-mile off-road trail that runs through Horsham District. It's a true gem for the area, offering a safe and relatively flat route for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. We've picked out our favourite pit-stops along the route to help you plan your trip.
The Downs Link joins Horsham District in Rudgwick. If you're starting your journey here too, make a stop at The Milk Churn. This popular cafe is best known for its cheese on toast - a speciality because the cafe is part of a dairy farm. The cheese on toast is made with the farm's Sussex Charmer cheese, and will set you up for the day ahead.
Twelve kilometres south of Rudgwick, the Downs Link meets Southwater. This large village is a great pit-stop for families. The Bax Castle pub has a children's play area and kid-friendly menu, while Southwater Country Park has a lovely lake, cafe and dinosaur-themed play area that kids will love. Both sites are right on the Downs Link. Bike hire is available at Southwater Country Park.
Four kilometres south of Southwater, you'll come to what once was West Grinstead station, an interesting sight as details from the platform and an old railway carriage remain. Journey 3.5 kilometres on and you'll find Stan's Bike Shack, a popular pit-stop for cyclists at Partridge Green. The cafe serves great coffee, snacks and also sells cycling kit.
The Cat and Canary pub is where the Downs Link joins Henfield, just under four kilometres from Partridge Green. Look out for the Cat House in Henfield too, from which the pub takes its name.
The most southerly sight in Horsham District is Bramber Castle. An impressive Norman castle just outside the town of Steyning, the castle entrance meets the Downs Link and is well worth a detour.