... Thinking of things to do with the family?
... In need of some fresh, country air?
... Want to explore the South Downs?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions Stagecoach have the route just for you!
The Route 60 is your connection to the South Downs, taking you from Chichester to Midhurst every 30 minutes between 9am -8.30pm Monday- Saturday. If you live the other end of West Sussex, the Route 1 from Worthing to Midhurst is your connection to enjoy the South Downs by bus, simply change at Midhurst bus stand to a route 60 and let your adventure begin.
The route takes you to various stops along the centre of the South Downs, one of 15 national trails in England and Wales. The 100 mile (160km) trail runs from Beachy Head, Eastbourne to Winchester and is a prime spot for a walk, run or bike ride. You can take part in Geocaching, a high tech treasure hunt using your phone to track your location and take you to areas of interest along the trail, who knows what you will find! Or just sit back and relax in one of the buses for amazing views between Chichester and Midhurst.
At the top of the route is Midhurst, a market town 12 miles north of Chichester. Here there are plenty of antique shops and occasional fairs to explore, a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes to enjoy and even a free mini bus shuttle service (runs April – September) to Woolbeding Gardens, a National Trust site bursting with colourful planting, incredible views and the perfect location for a picnic. Midhurst is also home to Cowdray Park, which boasts the Heritage- one of England’s most important early Tudor houses, a polo club, golf club and farm shop offering locally farmed produce.
Weald & Downland
Further towards Chichester the route 60 will take you to Singleton, a small village close to Goodwood. In Singleton you will find the Weald & Downland, an open air museum a museum with real historic buildings on site. With seasonal events happening throughout the year including The Living History Festival, Vintage & Steam Fair and The Working Animals Show.
West Dean Gardens
Continue on the bus for West Dean Gardens, home of the Chilli Fiesta and many other exciting events throughout the year. Take a wonder through the gardens, a peek in their Victorian glasshouses, and a wander under the Edwardian pergola or enjoy a tea and cake in their cafe. The Route 60 stops right outside the gardens making your journey as stress free as possible, with no extra walking or getting lost on the way!
The Route 60 then goes though Lavant, from which you could access Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, a trail full of ancient yew trees. Or, if you just want to relax, stop in on the award winning Earl of March pub, the bus stops right outside!
Finally the last stop on Route 60 is the historic city of Chichester. Here you can hit the shops, grab something to eat or drink with plenty of restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes to choose from, visit the Noveum - the remains of a Roman bath house and a trip through more modern history in Chichester, or take a look around one of the art galleries. The possibilities are endless!
Prices for travel:
For unlimited Stagecoach travel for a day:
Adult: £8.20 on the app
*Child: £6.60 on the app
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £16
*During school holidays 3 under 16’s can travel with an adult for 10p each!