New section of trail from Chichester to national park opens

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WALKERS and cyclists can now use a 1.5-mile stretch of new and improved path all year-round from Chichester into the heart of the South Downs National Park.

The new section of the Centurion Way was officially opened just before Christmas.

The trail follows the line of the old Chichester to Midhurst railway line, the last section of which closed in 1991.

For the time being the trail will end with information panels at West Dean tunnel telling the story of the railway line.

Existing access to the village itself stays the same via the segregated path alongside the A286.

The project is one small part of a £5m investment, in a network of core cycling and shared paths across the South Downs National Park.