Sussex is home to mile upon mile of walking routes.

From trekking and walking in the South Downs National Park and along the South Downs Way, to walking through one of our many Estates; The Goodwood Estate, Cowdray Estate and Petworth House and Park (to name just a few), the possibilities are endless.

Whether you are visiting one of our cities like Chichester, one of our stunning towns like Midhurst or Petworth, or are looking to immerse yourself in our expansive countryside, there are miles of walking routes to choose from.

A two mile stroll around the East Beach area of Selsey that explores the town’s love affair with railway carriage homes. Download provided by the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage group.

An image of the Queen Elizabeth Oak Tree on Cowdray Estate Midhurst

Benbow Pond in Easebourne, just outside the centre of Midhurst and close to the A272 is a picturesque picnic stop where you’ll meet the resident ducks, swans, geese and other bird life and is part of the Cowdray Estate.  …

image showing the view from Black Down in the South Downs National Park

Enjoy the spectacular views from Black Down – the highest hill in Sussex, and the highest point in the South Downs National Park.   Car Parking is available at GU27 3BJ   More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/black-down

Centurion Way easy access

Explore a 9km flat route along the route of the former Chichester to Midhurst Railway line which finishes at West Dean.

a picture showing city walls with greenery

It is 1800 years since the walls and gates were first built around the Roman town of Noviomagus Reginorum. Today they are the most intact circuit of Roman town defences in Southern England. More than 80% of the original structure…

Chichester Harbour: Chichester’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Chichester Harbour, Sussex is an important site for bird and wildlife, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with great walks and cycling, and a destination for sailing

Chichester Harbour Walks No. 6 - West Wittering Beach and East Head

A walk along the sandy beach of West Wittering and around the sand dunes of East Head with far-reaching views across to the Isle of Wight.   Walk by Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Chichester Harbour walks- No.7

Having crossed the busy bridge onto Hayling Island you soon reach the tranquillity of Northney. The 12th Century church with its pretty churchyard makes a pleasant midway resting spot before continuing through farmland for a short stretch along the shoreline.

Chichester Harbour walks- no.8

The ideal walk for those who love sea views. However, go prepared as there aren’t any shops or refreshment stops once on the island.

An image showing the view from Compton Circular Walk

Compton Circular Walk   We are grateful to 10Adventures.com for permission to feature this circular walk which takes in some of the glorious Sussex countryside.   Begin the walk at Compton Village Stores and Tea Room (PO18 9HA) where some…

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 two Alpacas at Dunreyth Alpacas

In an idyllic setting with the South Downs National Park, Dunreyth Alpacas offer Alpaca Walking Experiences second to none. Bruce & Peta gave up their profession as Nurses to run their herd of alpacas on their own land in Adsdean…

A photo showing East Wittering beach in winter

East Wittering’s sand and shingle beach is the perfect destination for bucket and space family fun, coastal walks and watersports fun

Pagham Harbour Walks- Church Norton

Begin your explorations of Pagham Harbour at the RSPB visitor centre where you can learn about the exciting wildlife you could find and where you might get your feet wet at high tide! Pagham Harbour is criss-crossed with public and permissive…

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…

An image of Selsey's East Beach

Selsey’s beaches boast clear, clean water and unspoilt shingle shores, perfect for swimming, a walk along the shore or an enjoyable day on the beach.

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

While Britain may be a nation of dog lovers, Sussex is undeniably the county of dog lovers. This dog-friendly destination has so many places opening its doors to canine companions that there’s no way you’ll want to leave your four-legged-friend at home.

Harting Down Walk

One of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland in the care of the National Trust, Harting Down in West Sussex is a renowned nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Sheep grazing helps conserve this grassland environment where…

An image of a sculpture - part of the heathlands sculpture trail in South Downs National Park

The new Heathland Sculpture Trail in South Downs National Park is the perfect opportunity to get into the great outdoors and appreciate the changing of the seasons. Seven intricate sculptures are located across different heathland sites within the park, with…

Imber Court Photo Training Students

Imber Court Photo Training offers courses close to Chichester and the Witterings and is suitable for novices through to professionals

An image showing a view of Chichester Harbour from Itchenor, West Sussex

Cycle from Chichester city centre to the Harbourside villages of Bosham and Itchenor on this 14m/23km route.   The route is suitable for all abilities and types of bicycle, and begins at the city’s Market Cross.   Cycle the shore…

A photograph showing a far reaching view from the top of Kingley Vale nature reserve , West Sussex

Kingley Vale near Chichester, West Sussex is famous for its ancient yew forests, ancient monuments and astonishing views

Moonlight Cottage Cocking and West Dean Woods Trail

A 7.5 mile circular walk from Cocking, West Sussex in the heart of the South Downs. The walking route heads south, climbing steeply to reach the South Downs Way and then follows this ridge-top path west to perform a circuit…

Pagham Harbour to Sidlesham Quay

A circular easy access trail through Pagham Harbour. Even when the Centre is not open it is usually possible to obtain a useful introduction leaflet to Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve from a cubby-hole at the Visitor Centre. The area…

Pagham Harbour Walks- Pagham Harbour North Wall

This walk at Pagham Harbour is such a peaceful one with no sounds of traffic. There are splendid country views inland contrasting with the landscape of the harbour. The area of the harbour here is part of the 700 acres…

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…

Priory Park: Chichester’s Community Hub

Looking for down time with a spot of sightseeing? Priory park is the place to go. In the North-East quadrant of the City Centre, Priory Park is home to three scheduled monuments; the Roman city walls, The Guildhall – a…

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.

Birds in flight

Pagham Harbour is an Internationally important Nature Reserve covering over 600 hectares. It consists of salt marshes and tidal mudflats, shingle, wet grasslands and reed swamps, which provide plentiful and important habitats for a whole host of wildlife. The reserve…

Salterns Way

The Salterns Way footpath and cycle path is a 19 kilometre long cycle path which runs from the centre of Chichester to the lovely sandy beach at West Wittering. For much of its route, Salterns Way runs along safe and…

an image of waves crashing on to a beach at Selsey

Selsey Bill is the prominent stretch of headland off the southernmost town of Selsey, on the Manhood Peninsula in West Sussex

An image of fishing boats and nets on Selsey beach

The Selsey Heritage Trail is made up of three different self-guided walks exploring the Blue Plaques in and around Selsey, highlighting the places where important people in history lived and worked as well as the locations of significant events. The…

Image of workers who moved to Sidlesham

Discover why 100 unemployed miners from the north-east of England came to Sidlesham in 1936 to begin new lives as market gardeners as you walk through beautiful Sidlesham on this informative heritage trail. Download provided by the Manhood Wildlife and…

Slindon Estate and Stane Street

An 8 mile circular walk through the Slindon Estate within the South Downs in West Sussex. The route begins in Eartham (PO18 0LT) and takes in a stretch of the old Roman Road, Stane Street, plunging you into 2000 years…

A view of countryside taken at Cocking Hill in West Sussex

Enjoy a beautiful circular walk in the landscapes around Lavington Common and Duncton Mill that inspired Ivon Hitchens. Modern British landscape painter Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) lived and worked at Lavington Common from 1940 until his death in 1979. Painting in…

Stoughton Down- Kingley Vale

A 4.5 mile circular walk in a really picturesque part of the South Downs National Park. The walk begins in Stoughton Down before climbing high into the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve where the climb is rewarded with spectacular views both…

sheep in fields along the South Downs Way

The 160km South Downs Way runs right across the Chichester District, offering great walking and cycling opportunities.

a photo showing reeds on marshland beside a footbridge

Explore the locations in Kate Mosse’s best-selling novel in Fishbourne and Chichester Harbour near Chichester, West Sussex

A photo showing a view from The Trundle near Chichester West Sussex

The Trundle (or St Roche’s Hill to give it its official name) is located near Chichester and can be accessed using these South Downs National Park walking trails from Lavant, West Dean or Singleton. The name The Trundle comes from…

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…

A historic photograph of the Selsey tram crossing Hunston Bridge

NEWLY UPDATED FOR 2022 – DISCOVER SOME OF SELSEY’S HERITAGE Between 1896 and 1935 a tramway ran from Selsey to Chichester with 11 stations en route. Follow new footpath signage to explore some of the stops along the route of the…

An image of people and a dog walking toward the Cowdray Ruins in Midhurst West Sussex, part of the Cowdray Estate

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the South Downs National Park with a choice of routes around Midhurst, Easebourne, and Woolbeding. Choose to explore the River Rother Walk (2.8 miles), the Cowdray Ruins and St Ann’s Hill (1.1 miles) or Woolbeding…

sheep in fields along the South Downs Way

Explore picturesque villages and towns, undulating English countryside and outstanding views as you walk the South Downs Way

Walks near Amberley

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the South Downs National Park with this route around Amberley – a picturesque village with many old buildings, thatched cottages, and a castle which is now a hotel.

Windmill Trail to Halnaker Windmill

A popular walk close to Chichester, West Sussex – the Windmill Trail to the Halnaker Windmill from the village of Boxgrove