Before setting off, it’s well worth taking the short ride along NCN 2 into Fishbourne to marvel at the spectacular remains of the Roman palace, or into the centre of the lovely walled city of Chichester to see its Norman cathedral and ornate Tudor Market Cross.
The route follows the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line, quickly entering lovely woodlands at Brandy Hole Copse Local Nature Reserve. The spot where a Roman road crosses the route is marked by a wonderful sculpture depicting an army of spade-wielding Roman workers called the Chichester Road Gang.
After a stony climb through the South Downs, you’ll join a tarmac, traffic-free path that takes you to the delightful village of West Dean, with its whitewashed pub, village store and thatched cottages. Near the end of the route you can visit the attractive arboretum and Victorian glasshouses of West Dean Gardens, or venture a little further east to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.