Overlooking the West Sussex village of Storrington is Kithurst Hill, rising to a summit of 213 metres / 699 feet. From close to the South Downs Way there are dramatic views west, north and east. With rolling hills towards the south.
Kithurst Hill, South Downs National Park
There are several steep footpaths leading from Greyfriars Lane, Storrington to the South Downs Way or you can drive up Chantry Lane and park in the stoney car park and walk a short distance west and north.
The main SDW path passes close to the Kithurst Hill view point but doesn’t offer the very best views, for that you need to walk north from the South Downs Way to a parallel path. There is a trig point marked on OS Maps and the view-point is close to that.
Springtime Clouds – South Downs Video
The HD video above was shot from Kithurst Hill looking north towards the North Downs on the far horizon. Leith Hill Tower on the North Downs in Surrey is approximately 19 miles away in a straight line. To the west you can see Bignor and Bury Hill and to the east you can see towards Ditchling Beacon in East Sussex.
North Downs to South Downs Video
The video below begins looking north towards Leith Hill Tower on the Surrey North Downs, approximately 19 miles away in direct line of sight. The video then pans back to show the villages of Storrington and Sullington and the views from Kithurst Hill, in the South Downs National Park.
Storrington Greyfriars Lane
In dry weather the steep walk from the end of Greyfriars Lane in Storrington is the quickest way up the escarpment to the summit of Kithurst Hill. In wet slippery conditions you can walk up the tarmac of Chantry Lane. Greyfriars Lane begins as Church Street in Storrington, almost opposite the post office on the High Street.
Within a few minutes walking Church Street becomes Greyfriars Lane and is now within the boundary of the South Downs National Park, it becomes obvious as the number of residential properties drops off dramatically and the lane becomes very rural. Strict development restrictions now apply!
Storrington village centre is often packed with stationary traffic as many motorists use the High Street (the A283) as a shortcut through the South Downs. The noise and fumes can easily be escaped by walking down Church Street and within seconds it’s a distant rumble fading to birdsong and the breeze.
This photo above is from just behind the Amberley Road (B2139) and A283 roundabout, close to the duck pond.
Many people sadly don’t see beyond the crawling heavy traffic of Storrington as they drive literally within seconds of quiet lanes and open fields.