The West Sussex Literary Trail runs roughly south for 55 miles from Horsham to Chichester, through the High Weald, Low Weald and South Downs. It’s a varied and attractive landscape and the Trail passes through some lovely villages; there are lots of interesting things to see on the way, such as Parham House, Bignor Roman Villa, Amberley museum and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. If you buy the guidebook you will learn about the literary figures who made West Sussex their home. The trail is well waymarked and marked on Ordnance Survey maps. It’s possible to do this walk using public transport with a bit of forward planning – but bus services on Sundays and Bank Holidays are quite limited.
The Low Weald sections are (as you might expect) muddy, and there are some big hills to climb once you reach the South Downs. I walked the Trail over six days between May and December 2014.