Why Do People Want to Preserve Centurion Way?

Website Revamp

Visitors to these pages may notice the FoCW webpages are being revamped. Believe it or not, the FoCW website has been on-line almost a full year. Members of FoCW know development plans are in the pipeline that threaten our path and we want to be sure even more people are ready to engage with consultation and activism to preserve Centurion Way when these plans are revealed.

Extending Local Engagement in our Campaign

The bright yellow banner heading this web-site is part of our drive to recruit support. In sales they say a good product sells itself!  Indeed, you have nothing to loose by registering your support for FoCW but you have everything to gain. We’ve now made it super easy to register support by clicking the blue text in the header saying “Sign-Up“!  There are already 588 registered supporters but we feel (to be taken seriously by local government) we should aim to double this number. Over 30 people have registered in the last three days alone so getting a thousand supporters looks a realistic target (with your help!). You may want to print our leaflets to circulate amongst friends, family and colleagues and to get more people on the bandwagon.  Our calendar contains events and meetings you are very welcome to join too.

Strength of Local Support Revealed

Our new “Sign-Up” form includes a text field where supporters can comment.

We asked “Tell us what you most value about Centurion Way and how you would like us to preserve and enhance your path”

These are some highlights of the answers we collected over only the last three days!!!

It is somewhere to go to relax yourself in the beautiful nature. Walking among woods is very beneficial for human bodies. It’s also a magical place for children.

Centurion Way is a brilliant route, enabling people to get from the South Coast into the rural hinterland of West Sussex. I was delighted to open it, as West Sussex Chairman of Highways, and would be devastated if it was lost.

It is the only decent off road cycle path in this area. It is also a haven for wild life which is under increasing threat. Many people value the peace and tranquility and the opportunity to access the countryside.”

I ride the path on my own and with my grandson. It’s makes a nice way to get to the lanes around the downs and is a safe ride for my grandson.

Just save the b?o?dy path we’ve lost the beautiful farm and surrounding countryside to progression haha not everyone drives aren’t we as a country supposed to be encouraging our nation to be healthy it’s a beautiful walk to Lavant need I say more

1. The heritage of the railway line.
2. To be able to cycle / run from Chi to Midhurst.

I want to continue to enjoy the path and the environment.

It has been, for many years a little bit of piece for so many folks. Although I do t live In Chichester any more, when I visit I have to go there My relatives , who live in the Chichester area have enjoyed the peace of the whole path. . It is also a wonderful facility for cyclists who n longer feel able to ride on the roads . We need to maintain. These green areas for the sake of residents mental health.

It’s a fantastic local amenity that should be preserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

I have been a frequent user of CW since moving to Chichester in the late 90s. I use it as a traffic free cycling and running route to the north side of the city and up to the South Downs.
It would be great to extend the path further north, but it would also be fantastic to enable a safe extension into the city centre. I realise that’s a big logistical challenge, but I know there have been some detailed proposals and where there’s a will…

Historically, I have lived my life in Chichester. I am now living at the house I was born in, hence I have many fond childhood memories when Centurian Way was a railway line. From my bedroom I was able to see the Newlands Lane bridge, and would often hear the approaching trains and run up the stairs to catch a glimpse of the passing train. I have on occasions, walked Centurian Way, and remember the times as kids we would walk along the line, and on the approach of a train we would run up the banks and hide. It’s now a safe haven for walkers and their dogs, cyclists and I guess on the odd occasion children might play there. I think it is mostly taken for granted that these locations can and do look after themselves. However, the realisation kicks in that there are a group volunteers who actively go and keep Centurian Way clean and tidy. As a recent early retiree, it is likely I will have some spare time at various stages of the week, and as such could join the group and assist with the Centurian Way. I think it is vital to keep Centurian Way as long as we can, as I am sure for some of, or most users / potential users, the previous comments might apply. I’m pretty sure the wild life that live there would also agree. Apologies for the “War and Peace”.

Well used, safe and pleasant foot/cycle path for exercise or access to/from Chichester. A feature that significantly adds to the quality of life in the city. Must be kept in entirety … and ideally extended to Midhurst”

I think cycle paths are an important part of linking our communities, promoting more sustainable forms of transport, keeping people fit and healthy, providing recreation and a great tourism activity. Centurion Way and Salterns Way allow people to cycle the length of our district from Midhurst to the coast.

It’s the easiest & safest cycle route (for me) to stay fit on. Within minutes you’re in the South Downs. Centurion Way is perfect for dog walkers, nature lovers, birdwatchers & cyclists alike. Always gorgeous sights to see, from Brandy Hole Lane ferns & Oaks to sunsets over the rolling fields at the former gravel pits at Lavant. Centurion Way will, in the future, prove even more valuable. With growing development along side it, the safety of it’s path will be needed even more by fitness & nature lovers, school children & dog walkers. It is a vital route to Lavant & beyond into the Downs for so many. I’ve no idea how you can improve on nature tbh!!

It’s such a lovely quiet walk for people with pets lots of wildlife to see

In this crowded country surely it makes sense to retain and expand the amenity ordered by a simple path ?

Access from West Dean area into Chichester, but due to our location, we would love for the path to be extended up to Cocking to provide a cycle path down to the coast and up towards Petworth without the need to go on public highway, given that we have three young children

A safe place to walk my dog all the way to Lavant. This is used by so many people, young, old, mobility vehicles and cycles. It would be sad to loose the path.

Perfect for a safe walk or run, without having to worry about cars

A green pathway to the south of the city and to the Downs. Safe car- free route for children to get to Bishop Luffa. We need more safe cycle-paths not lose one!

The cycle path. Must be kept open and would be fantastice to carry it on up to the South Downs Way.

Living on a stretch of road with NO footpath means that the Centurion way would provide us with a safe route for walking and cycling from our house. With three young children, this safe route is of paramount importance to us.

Beautiful , car free route. Fabulous access to wildlife rich hedgerow and banks + brandyhole copse. Great roiute for runners and cyclists, my children love it. I use it to get fromChi too Lavant and sometimes from Chi to West Dean by bike.

Everything! It’s peace and quiet, it’s beautiful nature walks, its safety away from roads.