Top places to live in Sussex Steyning
Chocolate box cottages, a High Street stashed with quirky and classy indies, and the rolling South Downs, quality of life abounds in Steyning. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
As close to English rural heaven as it’s possible to get, nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Steyning is a picturesque little town, close to the coast but set back from the bustle, and ideally placed for commuters looking for true quality of family life.
The adorably chintzy Steyning Tea Rooms serve comfort food, delectable cream teas and slabs of homemade cake. The Castle Inn in nearby Bramber is well worth a visit for classy but hearty pub grub and a great Sunday roast. The Artisan Bakehouse in nearby Ashurst is a great stop for lunch, and while you’re there, you can learn to bake.
It’s indies all the way here, from the sumptuous Sussex Produce Company selling locally produced food and drink to the charming Steyning Bookshop – frequented by none other than local resident, children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson. We also love the range of art, gifts and interiors at Basement 93.
The coast isn’t far away, choose from Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea or Brighton – they’re all within reach. Steyning has direct access to the South Downs National Park via a series of bridlepaths leading up to the South Downs Way. Just across the A285 is Bramber Castle and the glorious Adur Valley.
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State primary Steyning C of E scores a sound Good from Ofsted, and neighbouring Upper Beeding Primary is full-on Outstanding. Steyning Grammar is a state comp that takes boarders (confusingly it’s also not a grammar school) and is rated Good, with Outstanding features.
You’ll only have to go slightly further afield to access all the coastal independent schools from the imposing Roedean in Brighton, through to academically excellent Brighton College, Lancing College and its preps in Hove and Worthing, and Our Lady of Sion in Worthing.
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Outdoor types will thrive here, with access to the Downs via many a knee-punishing hill (Bostal Road is a notorious local target and once a year local cycling clubs host an official hill climb here). You can also easily access the Downslink, 37 miles of flat, straight, off-road bridlepath that links the North Downs in Guildford with the South Downs at Shoreham. It gets busy in the summer but it’s perfect for families whether on foot or by bike.
Getting up to London will require a bit of thought. By car it’s 56 miles. Train links run from nearby Shoreham or go into Brighton, across to Worthing, or up to Pulborough for direct links to London. Many drive up to Hassocks. Season tickets are £4k+ from these stations. Local hubs Worthing, Horsham and Brighton are an easy enough drive.
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