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The Great Sussex Way®
For a destination that reflects the very best of what England has to offer, add The Great Sussex Way® to your must-visit list.
Marvel at areas of natural beauty and wildlife that lie amidst stunning countryside and coast, take the opportunity to connect with nature in breathtaking countryside, or discover fascinating cultural and historical heritage.
Indulge in delicious food and drink or choose a diverse range of experiences from water sports to cycling, with plenty more options in between.
We suggest beginning your discovery in picturesque Petworth, where a warm welcome awaits. This charming town boasts a thriving cultural scene, with a variety of art galleries to enjoy, a concentration of antique shops and a diverse choice of places to eat and drink, as well as delicatessens offering Sussex fayre.
From Petworth, a short drive brings you to the vibrant town of Midhurst where a bustling array of independent shops and eateries wait to greet you. The imposing ruins of Cowdray House overlook the town, as part of the Cowdray Estate, home of the UK Polo Gold Cup. At the very heart of the South Downs National Park, numerous walking and cycling trails can be accessed from Midhurst, with the South Downs Way just a few miles south of the town.
Photograph: Christopher Ison
Continue your explorations in Chichester, our historic Cathedral city, with its attractive Georgian streets that boast an eclectic mix of independent stores, high street favourites and eateries offering an assortment of culinary experiences. Discover the story of the city at the Novium Museum or take in some outstanding Modern British Art at Pallant House Gallery. The almost-intact Roman City Walls are a must-walk, and from here enjoy the peaceful oasis’ of some of the city’s often-missed green spaces.
No trip here is complete without taking in the stunning coastline – choose from the wild and unspoilt beauty of Chichester Harbour, which can be explored on foot or by bicycle; experience the thrill of water sports, or some traditional bucket and spade family fun, at Bracklesham Bay or the Witterings; immerse yourself in the tranquility of the RSPB reserves of Pagham Harbour or Medmerry; or discover the home of the world-famous Selsey crab, where the fishing fleet bring in the daily catch, and where the long pebbly beach offers stunning sunsets.