Autumn colour in and around West Sussex

Enjoy a walk in a gentle landscape of autumn colour in parks and gardens across West Sussex. From Petworth Park to Nymans, Sheffield Park to the South Downs, find your favourite shade of bronze, gold and red this season.

Autumn colour reflects in the lake at Sheffield Park Sussex

Sheffield Park and Garden 

Famous for its autumn colour, this is the season that Sheffield Park and Garden was planted for. Centuries of design and care have created the woods, glades and lakes with their remarkable autumn colours.

A family exploring the park in autumn at Petworth

Petworth House and Park 

The autumn landscape at Petworth can be breathtaking. The native oaks and limes have wonderful shapes as well as colours, and they’re interspersed with exotics such as yellow swamp cyprus, flaming yellow and orange acers and vibrant red oaks. It’s an incredible sight.

The Lime Avenue woodland at Nymans, West Sussex

Nymans 

Set in the High Weald with beautiful views, Nymans is a romantic garden with a wooded valley full of rich autumn colour. Look out for the red foliage of the American nyssa and liquidamber trees.

The terrace at Standen in autumn, West Sussex.

Standen 

At Standen this autumn take a walk through the woods and crunch the autumn leaves or take part in our photography workshop. The cafe is open with autumnal bites using fresh produce from our kitchen garden.

A picture of a girl clasping autumn leaves

Autumn colour on the South Downs

Enjoying some autumn colour. 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.

Uppark at dawn

Uppark 

Visit Uppark this autumn and see the garden turn from lush greens into golds reds and oranges.

Pumpkins resting on the garden wall at Alfriston Clergy House

Autumn bounty at Alfriston Clergy House

With traditional apple tree varieties in the orchard laden with fruit and pumpkins peeking through their cover of leaves, this is the perfect place to rest and take inspiration as the days draw in.

Child in autumn woodland

Six things to see on an autumn woodland walk 

An autumn woodland glowing with colour and rich with the smell of damp earth is a wonderful place to be. National Trust Ranger Chloe Bradbrooke suggests six mini wonders of nature to look out for on an autumn woodland walk.