A Public Enquiry has recently recommended that a public right of way ( footpath & bridleway ) be re-established between Baystone Bridge and (just short of) Christ's Hospital railway station.
Some legal process will be completed, around mid-October 2007, determining whether this will actually happen. If it does happen then this right-of-way will, initially, be a DEAD END near Christ's Hospital Station. West Sussex County Council will proceed negotiations with an adjacent landowner to provide continuity of the right-of-way.
Fingers crossed then . . . . it appears that this rather good facility will become whole at some time in the future.
The Downs Link is a long-distance bridleway, running from a couple of miles outside Guildford, (nearly) all the way down to the sea, near Shoreham.
For most of the distance it occupies the trackbed of an abandoned railway.
Near Christ's Hospital there is a break in the bridleway, of about 2kms, where it is necessary to use the road.
At this break the trackbed had been sold off to a private landowner many years ago. The landowner has resisted the re-establishment of the right-of-way.
Planning Inspectorate - Order Document (pdf)