Downs Link

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Following old railway lines, the Downs Link connects the North Downs Way with its southern equivalent.

For 37 miles it steams down the south of England, from St Martha's Hill near Guildford, to Shoreham-by-Sea on the south coast. As you walk along, you can take in the sights, and imagine the smoke that once filled the route.

Downs Link: Walking down an old railway

Published 5 February 2014

The Downs Link follows the trackbed of two former railways; the Cranleigh and Steyning lines.

Downs Link Stage 1: St Martha’s Hill to Rudgwick

Published 12 February 2014

The rain’s coming down as the Downs Link gets on its way.

Downs Link Stage 2: Rudgwick to Henfield

Published 19 February 2014

Bridges, schools and a plethora of old platforms as the trail passes on through West Sussex.

Downs Link Stage 3: Henfield to Shoreham-by-Sea

Published 26 February 2014

Sun drenched rivers, old railway tracks and arrival at the sea.

Planning your Downs Link walk

Published 5 March 2014

How to organise your own walk between the North and South Downs Ways.

Downs Link - the trail highlights

Downs Link Gallery

Published 5 February 2014

Linking the North and South Downs Ways, Downs Link heads through Surrey and Sussex.

Video Downs Link: Let’s Play i Spy

Published 26 March 2014

Spot the railway bits and pieces, and get points!

At the end of the Downs Link

Published 10 February 2019

What can be a more poignant thing to see at the end of a walk down an old railway, than a set of buffers?

At the start of the Downs Link

Published 26 July 2020

A small stone monument near the top of the hill sets you off on an adventure connecting the North and South Downs Way.