Downs Link trail to be improved during Autumn / winter 19/20

27th August 2019

The Downs Link, an important 37 mile (59km) link route, linking the North Downs Way and South Downs Way National Trails is to be closed periodically over the autumn and winter to allow major surface improvement works to take place.

These works will not affect the South Downs Way which will remain open.

West Sussex County Council has been awarded funding to improve the surface of the Downs Link in Rudgwick, Slinfold, West Grinstead and Henfield parishes.   A further two sections will be improved in 2020.

The work will make it easier for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to use the route all year round and is being funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

While West Sussex County Council's contractors are working on site, the Downs Link will need to be closed but the route will be opened, where possible, at weekends and week-day evenings. 

For further information please contact West Sussex County Council's Countryside Service:

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