Brighton & South Downs CAMRA

CAMRA stands for The Campaign for Real Ale, a British consumer organisation founded 1973 to campaign for the quality of traditional British beers. This now includes good pubs and traditional cider & perry. It has local branches all over Britain and the Brighton & South Downs Branch is one of the five branches covering the County of 'Sussex' (i.e. East & West Sussex)

and how to contact some of them:

Chairman and Membership Secretary - Keith Newell

Secretary - Paul Free

Treasurer - John Kirkland

Social Secretary - Adrian Towler who is also Webmaster - Adrian Towler

Cider & Perry Rep - Steve Leyfield

President - Pete Coppard

Webmaster - Adrian Towler.

Good Morning. Today – Sat 26th May – is the
Adur Valley Beer Walk.
The full text of the footpath routes is below (for today only) and the rest of this page comes after it.

GET TO RIVERSIDE Brewery (open 12 noon to 6pm) by leaving the No. 2 bus from Brighton/Shoreham to Steyning at the “Shoreham Road” bus stop (the one before The Rising Sun). Walk into Beeding Court Business Park and the brewery is straight ahead. Hot food available here. On a No. 3 bus (Southern Transit) if from Shoreham, go through Steyning first. Get off at The Rising Sun stop, walk past the pub, south towards Shoreham, and Beeding Court Business Park is about 200 yds on your right.
GET TO ADUR Brewery (open 12 noon to 6pm) by leaving the No.2 or 3 bus at Steyning “Clock Tower” bus stop, then walk north along the High Street (same direction as No.2 travels) about 400 yards. After The Star Inn on your right, then Model Bakery on the left, go left up Mouse Lane which is the road on the corner. In about a third of a mile you will reach the brewery (after ‘Charlton Court Barn’). OR instead of Mouse Lane (which is narrow with traffic) try a footpath: Just beyond Star Inn go left up St. George’s Place (Model Bakery is on the corner). In 200 yards turn right down the footpath just before Court Mill. Over the little bridge turn right then right at the track and immediately left up a small footpath into the woods. Cross a stile and the footpath takes you through fields – follow the fence – to another stile and track down to the right. At the road (Mouse Lane) go left uphill and Adur Brewery shortly appears on your right.
OR: Stay on the High Street past the Star Inn, following it round the corner. In about 500 yards take the footpath left opposite the Sports Centre/ Grammar School. Over a stile and straight on. When you reach the big rusty tub go left past a metal gate. At the road (Mouse Lane) go right 50 yards uphill to the Adur Brewery.

ADUR BREWERY to RIVERSIDE (2.5 miles) GO left, straight down Mouse Lane and in 20 yards a concreted ramp on the right leads to a metal gate. Take the track curving left of the gate, to a stile and footpath alongside horse fields to the village. At the fork bear left to a stile and down to join Mouse Lane again, then right at the end (High Street). You can go along Steyning High Street past Star Inn, the shops, Chequer Inn and White Horse, to Church Street then follow instructions at $ below. You could also get a No. 2 bus from the Clock Tower stop on the High Street to Beeding Court Business Park and the Riverside Brewery (but only one an hour).
OR to walk and avoid traffic and shoppers: go a short way to your right along the road then right up Sir George’s Place (Model Bakery on the corner) to a footpath on the left past the little lay-by with parked cars. At the tennis courts go left and round the corner. Eventually you will pass the back yard of Chequer Inn on your left (opposite a house called “AMBLESIDE – 1 THE GARDENS”). Then continue to the corner and follow the road left. The White Horse appears on your left. Cross over to Church Street and $ in 100 yards The Norfolk Arms appears on your left. Turn right opposite it down School Lane past The Steyning Centre and up and along Holland Road. When at the end cross to a footpath which bridges over the A283 then right-left along fenced footpaths and down Castle Way; left-right to another footpath. At the end you can go left via the river or right via Castle remains.
TO THE LEFT via river (1.3 miles): Walk along the gravel path to a kissing-gate. Follow the footpath towards a distant telegraph pole and at the metal gates go right, towards a footbridge over the river. You should follow the river now, downstream (to the right), but you can walk on either side, to Beeding Bridge at The Street in Bramber. Then take the left side of the river (and continue at § below).
TO THE RIGHT via Bramber Castle (1.2 miles): In 500 yards keep right along a track going down, and at the bend (when a road comes into view) turn left up the footpath, avoiding the horse field and stile on the right. Climb to a path along a ridge. This takes you round Bramber Castle remains to St. Nicholas’ Church. Follow the church fence down to The Street opposite The Old Tollgate Hotel. Left along the road past the Castle Inn Hotel, to cross the river and immediate right along the riverside. § (What used to be The Bridge pub is on the corner). This footpath goes past the beer garden of The King’s Head. At the fork leave the river and go left across a field to a wooden kissing-gate. The third driveway on the right leads you to Riverside Brewery (Beeding Court Business Park).

RIVERSIDE BREWERY to ADUR: YOU could take a No 2 bus from outside the brewery to Steyning (but there’s only one an hour: 5 minutes past the hour until 5.05 then 5.55 and 6.51). Then follow “GET TO ADUR” as above. WALKING: (about 2.5 miles) Go to the main road and turn left to the second driveway (Long Barn) and take the footpath ahead. Cross the field diagonally to the River Adur and turn right along the embankment. In about half a mile you come to a gate leading into the beer garden of the Kings Head. Go through garden and then their car park, cross the road at the zebra and go up Church Lane. Bear left at the top and straight on. At the corner turn left (Church Lane) and straight on past the church hall on your left and church to your right. The footpath now goes down through some woods to bridge over a ditch then straight on to the riverside, where you bear right along the embankment to a metal footbridge which you cross. Go through the metal kissing-gate and, with the fence now on your left, follow the path ahead. Go through a gate and towards a large tree (I think the tree has gone but head for the corner of the house garden) Through another kissing-gate. This brings you to the bend in a lane (Kings Barn Lane) so walk left along it for about 500 yards to where it crosses the A283. Turn immediate right down a footpath to the end of a cul-de-sac. Go straight on down to join the road (Station Road but the station has long gone) and the road at the end of that. Bear right passing Steyning Parish Church and St. Cuthman – who is sat on a stone, looking at it. You can walk along the edge of the graveyard to the main gate opposite the library. Then follow the road round until The Norfolk Arms appears on your right. Continue to the end of Church Street (micro-roundabout in the road) with The White Horse facing you. Here you could go right along Steyning High Street passing Chequer Inn, then Star Inn and go up Mouse Lane on the corner, to Adur Brewery.
OR cross the road and go up the side of The White Horse (Sheep Pen Lane) following it round to the right. (A gap on the right, opposite ‘Ambleside’, leads to the back of The Chequer Inn if required). Carry on, past the “Fine Ales and London Stout” sign. Continue round the bend at the end to a back lane on your right by “SME Limited”. Go along it (mind the wheelie-bins!) and at the road go left then soon right down a footpath, over a stream and right to a lane. Then right and immediate left into the woods (not marked) and a stile indicates the footpath, which then goes alongside a fence. After another stile go down the track to the right. At the road (Mouse Lane) go left, and round the corner on the right is Adur Brewery.



  • EVENTS List – Festivals, Socials, Trips & Meetings
  • WHATPUB CAMRA's Pub Guide
  • BREWERIES in Sussex, over 60 of them.
  • SUSSEX CAMRA BRANCHES – The four other CAMRA Branches' websites in Sussex: Arun & Adur, North Sussex, South East Sussex and Western Sussex.
  • SUSSEX DRINKER our local CAMRA magazine for Sussex. For the most recent edition which is Summer 2018, this link will take you to the Matelot Marketing (our publisher's) website where you should find it as a PDF.
  • Our Summer Ale Trail "Votes for Ales" commmorates the centenary of the first British women getting the vote in 1918. Starts Monday 28th May, runs until 30th September. Visit up to 38 pubs for a stamp in your free Passport. then exchange it for a T-shirts or Sweatshirt. Details are in the Passport, which is generously sponsored by Harveys of Lewes. Passports are free from any of the 38 Ale Trail Pubs
  • The National CAMRA Website
Keith Newell




Our 2018
Branch Chairman is





Over 2,400 CAMRA members live in our Branch area, which is Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Newhaven, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Shoreham-by-Sea and the area in between. So what do we do – apart from drink beer and run this website?

1. Organise the annual South Downs Beer Festival in The Old Town Hall & Corn Exchange, Lewes, June 22 & 23, 2018. See 'events,' list for details.
2 THE GOOD BEER GUIDE: We select about 30 pubs from our area for inclusion in CAMRA's annual Good Beer Guide. CAMRA Members who wish to help in this process, for future editions of the Guide, need to use CAMRA's National Beer Scoring System (called NBSS) link here or download an A4 sheet of scoring slips here. Our Branch also has small booklets of 10 slips, which do the same job, available at Branch Meetings.
3. Choose one as our Pub of The Year. Our 2017 winner was The Beer Dispensary in Brighton. with Cider Pub of the Year being The Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham.
4. Organise weekly socials, usually on a Thursday night, in pubs that serve good real ale, run surveying and recruiting trips locally by minibus, and visits to breweries.
5. Assist in organising the Sussex Beer & Cider Festival March 2019 (dates tbc) at Brighton Racecourse, which is in our Branch area – details see
6. Help with the distribution of Sussex Drinker, (website link) a quarterly colour magazine about the local real ale scene, available free in lots of Sussex pubs.
7. Represent CAMRA and campaign on CAMRA issues in our area, minibus trips to pubs with literature, stalls at festivals, etc.

8. Liaise with and report on the several and increasing number of Breweries on our patch to CAMRA headquarters, and put their news in the 'Bru News' section of Sussex Drinker.
9. Run a Summer Ale Trail and its associated 'Cider Rider' - around our area, with prizes for visiting 20, 30 or 40 pubs.

10. Compile a database of local pubs... to feed into CAMRA's WHAT PUB? The Summer ALE TRAIL page lists the 40 participating real ale pubs which are well worth a visit and for other recommendations please look in CAMRA's current Good Beer Guide.

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