Things to see and do at Harting Down

Looking east over the gently rolling chalk downland  towards Beacon Hill and the Weald from Harting Down

Take in the stunning views, wander through woodland and stop to discover the wildlife. There are some wonderful spots to relax and unwind at Harting Down.

Walking

Stroll across the hilltops and be greeted by extensive views across the Weald and to the Isle of Wight. Hear skylarks bursting with song above you, and tread on grassland awash with orchids and wild herbs. Turn off the South Downs Way into secluded valleys and find species-rich downland turf and woodland.
 
Try our downland and wildlife walk
 

Cycling

Enjoy breathtaking views and heart-pumping terrain as you cycle along Harting Down, keeping to the South Downs National Trail. Enjoy views over a varied landscape with a chalk ridge plateau, incised dry valleys, and sheltered hollows. Please note cycling is only permitted along the South Downs Way.
 

Horse riding

Horse riders are free to use the South Downs Way, our longest bridleway route. A permit scheme is in use for horse riders who wish to use other trails.
 
Please contact the Rangers for information and to obtain a permit. Call 01730 816638 (option 1) or email.
 

Enjoy the freedom

Come with the family and bring a picnic. Although there are no picnic tables, a picnic blanket does the job nicely. With its short grass the area beside the car park is the perfect spot to fly a kite.
 

Seasonal highlights

Listen out for the deer rutting when the woods echo with their strange bellowing calls in autumn. The woodland edges, scrub and hedgerows are great for finding blackberries and sloes from blackthorn trees.
 
Embrace the chilly winds and wild weather in winter whilst you take in the wide, empty views. Look out for shows from wheeling flocks of greenfinch which can take your breath away on a cold winter's day.
 
In spring, walk through morning mists which creep over the downs. Look out for cowslips on the scarp slope. Listen out for our summer migrant songbirds such as blackcaps and lesser whitethroats nesting in the scrub and thickets.
 
Summer provides glorious displays of wildflowers, particularly common spotted and pyramidal orchids; plus burnett moths and butterflies such as marbled white which feed on downland nectar-rich flowers. Gentle evening strolls may reveal the bright lights of glow worms and clear nights during summer are perfect for star gazing.
 

Don't miss

  • Scenic rambles and wanderings along the South Downs Way
  • The song of skylarks and the chirruping of grasshoppers - the truest sound of summer
  • The hardy Belted Galloway and Sussex cattle grazing the grassland for diversity and conservation
  • The view from Beacon Hill and the old telegraph station

Countryside Code

  • Please keep dogs under effective control
  • Please clear up after your dog and use the dog-bin provided
  • In summer, keep you and your dog to the main paths - skylarks are nesting in the grass
  • Please take all your litter home with you
  • Leave no trace of your visit

Have you visited our properties nearby?

Woolbeding is tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley with wide horizons, secluded places and an extraordinary blend of habitats where Belted Galloway cows and Herdwick sheep graze peacefully.
 
Drovers is a hidden estate nestling in undulating hills and valleys. Step back to a timeless rural life, set amidst shady woodland and rolling ancient pasture which are home to many species of bats.
 
Uppark houses an elegant Georgian interior and a Grand Tour collection, with beautiful gardens inspired by Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. Tea-rooms and toilet facilities are located here.