Chichester to West Dean to The Centurion Way Regional Route No88

Chichester to West Dean ‘The Centurion Way’ – Regional Route No88

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A 6 mile cycle route which takes you from Chichester along a dedicated traffic free cycle

path, ‘The Centurion Way’ to West Dean. An ideal route for a family ride which is part of the Sustrans network of cyclepaths which follows the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line. Chichester was originally a roman settlement and today is an historic city with its own 12 century cathedral. Chichester is a busy city with plenty of shops, cafes,pubs and restaurants for you to enjoy.

Starting from Bishop Luffa School which is situated on Bishop Luffa Close approximately a
quarter of a mile west of Chichester Town Centre. From the school follow the signs for the cycle path to Lavant which is at the end of the road and left of the school gates.

This takes you down to the old railway track which forms the trail of ‘The Centurion Way’. The railway line was once part of the Chichester to Midhurst line and was opened in 1881 with 3 tunnels and 8 stations along its route.

Cycle along the Centurion Way out of Chichester in the direction of Lavant and as you cycle along you will pass several sculptures on route. As you pass under the second bridge you pass Brandy Hole Copse on your left where there is evidence of the ‘Chichester Embankments’ which were Iron Age defences.

After about three and a half miles the cycle path takes you past the village of Lavant. East
Lavant has a collection of historic cottages and a pub, should you wish to get some refreshments along the way Continue along up the cycle path and after about one and a half miles the cycle path bends sharply to the left as you approach the hamlet of Binderton which was mentioned in The Domesday Book.

Continue up the cycle trail and after 1 mile the ‘Centurion Way’ brings you to West Dean. The end of your cycle ride. At West Dean the cycle trail leads into a network of country lanes and bridleways for you to explore and you can if you wish continue northwards to the South Down Way.

 

 

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