FRIENDS of Centurion Way organised a pre-Halloween event on Saturday evening to raise awareness of threats to the path.
Plans include a possible diversion and downgrading of its southern end to make way for the new access road to the Whitehouse Farm development.
As dusk fell and pumpkins were lit up, there was a ghost story-telling corner for children, halloween treats, a hot drinks stand and speciality cakes. People gathered at the start of the Centurion Way by Bishop Luffa school, just where the old railway line up to Midhurst begins.
Chairman Ian Bartle said: “With the exciting further plans just announced by the South Downs National Park to extend Centurion Way from West Dean right up to Cocking, we wanted to run a fun event to celebrate the start of the path here in Chichester.
“The future could be so bright for this much-loved community asset if only its southern end can be preserved and enhanced as part of the new development.
“We have gathered many supporters so far, but need as many more people as possible to sign up now and lend their support.”
For more information, visit: centurionway.org.uk