Downloadable walks in Sussex

There are stargazing walks, romantic rambles, beachside walks and pub trails for you to enjoy in Sussex.

Below are our highlights, and you can find more on our walking trails map.

    Nymans magical woods, lakes, cascades and meadow walk

    2 miles - 1 hour

    An easy walk with lots of surprises to come across including magical woods, the tallest tree in Sussex, a lake and even cascades. It's a great walk for all the family to get involved in, and you can combine it with a visit to the gardens and tea-room.

    Kipling country time-out walk

    2.5 miles - 1 hour

    This walk takes you through the 300 acres of Sussex countryside around Bateman's. It's an area that inspired Kipling and his work, and you never know - it might inspire you too.

    At the least, it’s a lovely short walk to get away from it all for an hour or so.

    Birling Gap cliffs and chips walk

    3 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes

    If your idea of a good walk involves chips and a pint at the end, then this is the one for you. On top of that you'll enjoy views across the South Downs and out to sea, and see the stunning Seven Sisters as well as a lighthouse. What more could you ask for?

    Ditchling Beacon to Devil's Dyke - more than a walk

    5 miles - 1 hour 40 minutes

    Our Ditchling Beacon to Devil's Dyke walk is great for spending quality time with a special person. Starting at one of the highest points on the South Downs, it takes in sea views, the Jack and Jill windmills, a village pub and an ancient farm. It also follows one of the most stunning sections of the South Downs Way. And with great bus links from Brighton, it’s perfect for non-drivers too.

    Devil's Dyke myths, kites and beer walk

    3 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes

    Another walk that starts and finishes at a pub. This one also takes you to some great kite-flying spots, high up on the South Downs, so don’t forget to take one with you and re-live some childhood memories. Oh, and you'll also come across the place where the Devil and his wife are said to be buried as well as an ancient farm with a giant donkey wheel.

    Saddlescombe Farm tea and cake walk

    1.5 miles - up to 1 hour 30 minutes

    This picturesque walk across downland is a great way to get out and about for an hour and a half. And it's the perfect excuse to enjoy tea and cake. A well-deserved treat awaits you at the Hiker’s Rest café after this varied walk, which meanders over hilly banks and past an old donkey wheel that was once used for drawing water.

    Shottermill to Marley Common woodland games walk

    3.5 miles - 2 hours

    This is a great walk to do with friends and family, especially as it starts and ends at a pub. It takes in ancient beech woodland, perfect hide-and-seek territory, and a chestnut coppice that's an ideal den-building spot.

    You may also catch a glimpse of fish in the mill pond, and a wooden bridge offers the perfect place for a game of Pooh Sticks. With all the fun things to do on the way, you may not notice how far you've walked.

    Stargazing - great date walk at Black Down

    1.5 miles - 30 minutes

    Looking for something romantic but a bit different for a date? This stargazing walk will certainly leave a lasting impression, as it introduces you to the Black Down skies above the highest point in Sussex. Print off a copy of our star guide (PDF) to take with you and find out what’s in the sky this month…

    Petworth House and Park trees & conkers walk

    4 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes

    Explore some of the 700 acres of landscaped deer park at Petworth that were famously immortalised in the paintings of JMW Turner. There are lots of fallen trees to balance on and conkers to collect, so it's a great one for all the family.

    Slindon's downland, woodland and colours of autumn walk

    3.75 miles - 2 hours

    This circular walk on our Slindon Estate includes a Roman road across open downland, a chalky woodland ride through tall beech trees (great for hide and seek) and Iron Age lynchets across a small pasture. Then follow a narrow path winding through a spur of mature woodland back to the Roman road. The estate has a real autumnal feel at this time of year with warm colours from the trees and the annual pumpkin display.

    Slindon pumpkin walk

    1.75 miles - 1 hour

    Perfect for Hallowe'en: bring the family to Slindon this autumn as one of the routes of this walk passes the famous annual pumpkin display. Wander past the medieval deer park and through the unspoilt village of Slindon before night closes in and the ghouls come out.

    Slindon's stretch your legs woodland stroll

    3.7 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes

    This relaxed and peaceful walk is as easy on the eye as it is on the legs as the level paths guide you through the Slindon estate, including its striking woodland. Starting at The George Inn in Eartham it’s the perfect walk to stretch your legs, dust off the cobwebs and explore the countryside, all with a well deserved pint at the end of it.

    Slindon's perfect romantic winter ramble

    6.5 miles - up to 3 hours

    Wrap up warm and enjoy a romantic day out on the South Downs. One of our longer walks, this 6.5-mile (10km) walk allows you and your partner to spend some quality time together exploring the Slindon Estate. As you stroll through the magical countryside there are panoramic views down to the sea. Plus it’s a great winter walk as its mostly firm underfoot and even more vistas open up through the bare trees.

    Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers

    1 mile - 20 minutes

    Hundreds of years ago people drove their animals along these woodland tracks. A short walk, it's perfect to get all the family out for a quick bit of fresh air. Why not challenge the children to a game of hide and seek among the hundreds of grand old trees.

    Woolbeding parkland, riverside and pub walk

    3 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes

    This walk starts and ends with a pub, so if your idea of a great walk involves a pint and a hearty meal, this one is for you. A fairly easy walk over hard paths, riverside paths and boardwalk, it will help to build up your appetite for some grub at the end.

    Harting Down wildlife and wellies walk

    4 miles - 1 hour 20 minutes

    Don your wellies and waterproofs this month as you tackle this often muddy walk up and down the terrain of Harting Down in West Sussex. Adventurous types will love the freedom this walk offers as you take in the views and spot the numerous types of wildlife this part of the world is home to.

    Fulking with friends walk

    2 miles - up to 2 hours

    Perfect for a group of friends, this circular walk starts and ends with a pub. And even though it’s only a 2-mile stroll it's well worth it. Grasslands teeming with wildlife and the spectacular views across the South Downs are the highlights, as well as the promise of a beer at the finish line.

    Alfriston Clergy House inspirational countryside walk

    5 miles - up to 2 hours 30 minutes

    Explore this fascinating walk as you follow in the footsteps of the artists and writers of the Bloomsbury Group. Imagine conjuring up your own masterpiece as you follow this 5-mile circular route from the 600-year-old clergy house. And, you never know, it might even inspire you to create it.

There are more great walks as part of our Great British Walk season. Find the perfect walk for you.