The Sussex Ouse Valley Way broadly the course of the River Ouse downstream from close to its source near Lower Beeding to its outflow into the English Channel at Seaford Bay. The journey between source and sea passes through Slaugham, Handcross, Staplefield, Lindfield, Freshfield, Sheffield Park, Newick, Barcombe Mills, Hamsey, Lewes, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe and Newhaven.
The Way took over two years to develop. It was a collaboration between 'Per-Rambulations', both the East and West Sussex County Councils and the South Downs Joint Committee (then known as the Sussex Downs Conservation Board). Support for the project was received from the Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust, Harveys Brewery of Lewes, Footprints of Sussex and Ray Mears, the TV presenter, bushcraft expert and author.