Winter walking on the South Downs

Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping out on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you. So pull on your walking boots and blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a bracing walk this winter on one of our beautiful countryside sites on the South Downs. Keep an eye out for the animals grazing on the countryside sites at this time of year. They are doing essential conservation work, eating the tougher grasses and encroaching scrub. This allows the more delicate habitats such as chalk grassland and heathland to thrive and survive.

The historic Tiger Inn, East Sussex

Birling Gap walk from the Tiger Inn

This circular walk allows you to enjoy great views over the downs and Easy Sussex coast and feel a sense of the landscape's long history.

Sunrise near Ditchling Beacon in Sussex

Ditchling Beacon to Devil's Dyke, South Downs walk

This route will take you through some of the most stunning parts of the South Downs Way, where you will find wildlife aplenty and see extensive views from the Ditchling Beacon.

Distant view of the hill fort at Devil's Dyke

Fulking archaeology walk

Take a walk through time along the South Downs. Follow the glorious contours of the Sussex Downs; on one side the Weald, to the other the sea.

A postcard showing the Victorian funicular railway station that took visitors to the village of Poynings

Devil's Dyke Chasm Explorer

A good three mile walk which takes you to the alleged burial site of the Devil and beyond to Saddlescombe Farm and the donkey wheel

View East from Bignor Hill at dawn

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Take in some beautiful vistas of the largest traditional estate on the South Downs, with earthworks and barrows to be enjoyed all year round

Undulating mounds, seen from the west of the north end of the main lake at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex

Our favourite walks at Petworth

Download one of our trails and see what you can discover with a walk this season

Hardy grazing sheep in Woolbeding parkland

Woolbeding Landscapes

Enjoy heathland, woodland, views of The Downs, and a riverside ramble in this easy-underfoot circular walk.

A view south looking over the rolling downland of the South Downs from behind the stone plinth, with a charming curved inscribed stone seat in memory of WE Hunter who donated Black Down to the National Trust in memory of his beloved wife.

Black Down 'Temple of the Winds' walk

The walk goes to the Temple of the Winds. Here you can find one of the best views of the South Downs National Park. This little-known spot has a secret feel and a charming curved stone seat to rest on.

Winter walk down the Lime Avenue at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Winter Walks at Hinton Ampner

Walk off the winter blues and take a stroll through our grounds and parkland.