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Ups and Downs of Storrington's & Sullington's military heritage

Long grasses and poppies on the South Downs at Storrington

Start point

St Mary's Church, Sullington off the A283. Some parking available.

RH20 4AE

Walking level: Moderate

Distance: 6.5 miles

Refreshments: Sullington Barn opposite the church is open at weekends and bank holidays and has a cafe. There are various places to eat in Storrington's High Street.

Toilets: No public toilets on route. Sullington Barn open weekends and bank holidays has toilets.

Dogs: Dog friendly walk but must be kept on a lead as sheet and cattle graze on the Downs and there are horse riders about.

This self guided trail is not suitable for anyone needing assistance, in poor health or with a mobility scooter. Stout and robust footwear is necessary on the stony and flinty ground; much of the walk is across the Downs, which can be slippery and unsuitable  during or after wet weather.  The walk climbs 560 feet to an altitude of 664 feet above sea level. Two of the roads have no pedestrian footpaths.

Storrington and Sullington are both mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086). This trail will show you where to look for the military heritage of the area. The villages lie in the lea of the beautiful South Downs with views for miles around. The landscape reflects its livestock, agricultural and industrial usage. No battles were fought on the land but many in the skies above. The area was regularly used for military accommodation and training in the last century as well as taking in evacuees from London in 1939. Storrington was one of the first villages in Sussex to have a WWII Home Guard unit.

Key sites in this trail include:

  • Sullington Church
  • Memorial to Submarine E24
  • Barns Farm Camp
  • Memorial Stone seat to Lord Denman, MC
  • WWII Bunker
  • St Mary's Storrington and churchyard
  • The College Church Street