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The Way lies inside the valley of the Sussex Ouse but is not confined to the river. That might be wanted but it is not possible. There is no public right of way of any form that runs the length of the river and, sometimes, where there is a stretch of public path that runs alongside the river, that has been omitted due to the impossibility of linking it with viable pathways open to the public without using busy open roads.
The Way took over two years to develop. It was a collaboration between 'Per-Rambulations', both the East and West Sussex County Councils and the South Downs Joint Committee (then known as the Sussex Downs Conservation Board). Support for the project was received from the Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust, Harveys Brewery of Lewes, Footprints of Sussex and Ray Mears, the TV presenter, bushcraft expert and author.

Pikes Bridge
Pikes Bridge

The Inaugural Walk The Way was launched on 30 April 2005 at the start of a four-day Inaugural Walk.
The Way is fully way-marked along the 42 mile route which begins about half a mile south of Lower Beeding in West Sussex, close to the village hall. The journey passes through Slaugham, Handcross, Staplefield, Lindfield, Freshfield, Sheffield Park, Newick, Barcombe Mills, Hamsey, Lewes, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe and Newhaven. The journey is completed upon reaching the English Channel at Seaford Bay.

'Per-Rambulations' The Gate House, 25 Warnham Road, Goring By Sea,
West Sussex, BN12 4LL
Tel: 01903 246339 Email:larkshill@btinternet.com