Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a gentle stroll to stretch your legs, the stunning countryside surrounding Petworth is a perfect starting point. You’ll find huge stretches of parkland at Petworth Park, where there’s over 700 acres to explore, while just a few metres from the bustle of the town discover the stunning Shimmings Valley. A short distance outside Petworth climb Duncton Hill for outstanding views across Sussex or explore Graffham Common Nature Reserve, 94 acres of heath and grassland where you’ll be able to pick up the South Downs National Park Heathland Sculpture Trail.

See a working waterwheel power an 18th century beam pump and explore an enchanting riverside heritage site. An exhibition explains the history of Coultershaw – the early use of water power and the installation in 1782 of a pump to…

An image showing the view from Duncton Hill across the Rother Valley

Enjoy panoramic views across the South Downs from this viewpoint just above Duncton village. A parking area can be found after a steep, winding climb on the A285 towards Chichester.   Nearest postcode: GU28 0NA   Image: Nigel Freeman / Viewpoint at Duncton…

an image of Graffham Common in West Sussex

Graffham Common is a 94-acre nature reserve between Midhurst and Petworth, located on both sides of the Selham to Graffham road, and is owned and managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s a former pine plantation being restored back to heath and…

A dog on the South Downs Way

If Britain is a nation of dog lovers then Sussex is undoubtedly the county of dog lovers.

It will come as no surprise then, that the Chichester District – or the Great Sussex Way as we’re known – is home to some of the best dog walks in the country. Come and explore what’s on offer.

a photo showing a stately home with a garden full of daffodils in the foreground

Explore some great West Sussex gardens across Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel and surrounding areas

Petworth and Shimmings Valley

A 3.5 mile figure of eight walk from the historic market town of Petworth in West Sussex. The walk gives an opportunity to explore the town, a haven for antique and art collectors, before heading out across the beautiful Shimmings…

A view of The National Trust's Petworth Park

Petworth House boasts an extraordinary collection of art and sculpture and stunning state rooms, set in beautiful grounds and parklands.

Petworth House & Park Ancient Trees Walk

Discover more about the ancient trees that dominate the skyline of Petworth Park on this circular walk. Marvel at some of the oldest and largest trees in the country and see a 1,000-year-old ancient oak that has survived all the…

Petworth Walks - Petworth Park, Lodsworth & Bexleyhill – Parkland, Priory and Pinewoods

This circular walk in West Sussex is a full day’s excursion. It is mostly a level walk, but its length makes it fairly strenuous, although the beauty of the landscape will lighten your feet. There are fine views all the…

Pulborough to Petworth

Walk across the Arun Valley and Greensand Hills from Pulborough to the attractive market town of Petworth, with one of the National Trust’s finest properties.

Walk in the Footsteps of Turner at Petworth House

Stroll around the glassy lake where the artist regularly fished, take in the view revealed in his painting ‘Dewy Morning’ and look out for the flaming yellow and orange foliage of acres, as well as vibrant red oaks and the…