When it comes to ways to relax, I think it’s a case of each to their own. While some are firm believers in weekends at health spas or fancy restaurants, for me it’s all about being outdoors...although I won’t say no to a slap-up pub lunch along the way. I love exploring on foot with my husband, opening our eyes to things most people don’t see and discovering our own special places together.

Our latest weekend away was down to the coast of West Sussex. We loaded the car with the key bits and bobs, dog – tick, boots – tick, rain jacket (well I didn’t say England is perfect!) – tick, and we were on our way. Once parked near our B&B, it was off exploring and we took a quick train ride to Shoreham-by-Sea. The weather was, to put it kindly, breezy, but that wasn’t going to put a dampener on it and we were lucky enough to find the farmer’s market in full swing.

Soon we’re heading up the Downs Link alongside the River Adur and you can’t fail to miss Lancing College sitting on the opposite river bank...it’s enormous. The Gothic chapel reminds me of my Cambridge days and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it. You see, I told you that walking revealed hidden gems! We meet the South Downs Way and start the long climb, the gusting wind just makes it more exhilarating. From the highest point it feels like you can see forever, it’s got to be my fave bit of the walk.

We head steadily back down towards the town, meeting some friendly horses in the paddocks of Erringham Farm, and avoiding any encounters with the cattle grazing in the nature reserve. Once back in town we’ve got time for a mooch around and some retail therapy. I’m really pleased about finding this little place – yey me! We thaw out with a coffee and then find a lovely little bistro on East Street for early supper and a well-earned glass of wine. Is there anything more satisfying than getting some fresh air after a busy week? I think not.

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We've teamed up with iFootpath to create a smart walking guide to lead you around the walk. Simply visit the iFootpath website to print the guide, or if you want the smart experience, get the iFootpath app (available for Android or Apple devices). The App gives you the full guide in the palm of your hand and also includes a live map so you can follow your progress along the route as you walk. Say goodbye to wrong turns!