This 5.3 miles/8.5 kilometres route follows the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line, quickly entering lovely woodlands at Brandy Hole Copse Local Nature Reserve.

Centurion Way can be accessed from Lavant at two points:

  • South towards Chichester - at the end of Warbleheath Close
  • North towards West Dean - at the northeast corner of Lavant Down Road

Heading south from Lavant, 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.

Going north from Lavant the route then rejoins the old railway line to West Dean where it currently finishes and gives access to the village of West Dean with its whitewashed pub, thatched cottages, village store and café.

Just past 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.

Walking the complete route will take approximately 1 hour 46 minutes on foot, or 27 minutes by bike.

This route is on theNational Cycle Network.

A route map can be found on the OS site.