Coast & countryside: Sussex

We look after many places in the South Downs National Park, as well as clifftops with great walking opportunities and even a beach in Sussex. We know there's something that will appeal, so take a look at our highlights below.

    Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, near Eastbourne

    Enjoy a walk with views of the famous, beautiful and unspoilt chalk cliffs. Or have an adventure on the beach and in the rock pools below. You're bound to enjoy a day out at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters.

    Cuckmere Valley, Eastbourne

    Here you'll uncover atmospheric views of the Seven Sisters and the winding Cuckmere River, and a haven for wildlife. Cuckmere Valley is a tranquil place to escape and enjoy the beauty of nature.

    Blackcap and Ditchling Beacon, near Lewes

    A view of the Weald from the top of Blackcap

    For the ultimate kite-flying experience, try Ditching Beacon - the highest point in East Sussex. Blackcap also has great views and open downland plus secret woodland too. In summer you can smell the wild flowering marjoram. Both places are dotted with signs of ancient history. 

    Devil's Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm, near Brighton

    Walking at Devil

    The scenery of Devil’s Dyke is impressive, plus it has a network of paths perfect for cycling. It’s also one of Europe’s best sites for paragliding and hand-gliding. For a different pace altogether, visit Saddlescombe Farm - a place that time forget with 1,000 years of history.

    Cissbury Ring, near Worthing

    The largest hill fort in Sussex with over 5,000 years of history and perfect for a picnic, walk or spot of kite flying. On a clear day, from the top of Cissbury Ring you can see forever - with views to the chalk cliffs beyond Brighton and to the Isle of Wight.

    Slindon Estate, near Arundel

    Woodland, downland, farmland, parkland and an unspoilt Sussex village - there’s plenty to explore on the Slindon Estate. And with lambs and wild flowers in spring, and pumpkins in autumn, there’s a lot to see too.

    Lavington Common, near Midhurst

    View of Lavington common and its heath

    Enjoy the openness of the heath at Lavington Common, covered in heather in late summer.  Or delve into the depths of Merlin’s wood. Look out for grazing cattle and listen for the song of nightjars on a summer’s evening.

    Marley Common and Black Down, near Haslemere

    Bell Heather on Blackdown, West Sussex

    There are fine views and walks through woodland or heathland on Marley Common. Black Down, as the highest point in the South Downs National Park, is ideal for star gazing or cycling and horse riding on its ancient tracks.

    Woolbeding Countryside, near Midhurst

    Tucked away quietly in the tranquil Rother Valley, at Woolbeding Countryside you can experience wild and open commons, parkland with great views, riverside walks and woods.

    East Head, Chichester

    It's wild-looking with its maram grass and sand dunes but East Head is of the best beaches in Sussex to walk, play or sunbathe on. You can also admire the yachts anchored offshore - and if you’re lucky, spot a seal.