Coast and countryside in 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.

Child looking at starfishat Birling Gap, Sussex

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

A popular coastal hub, where the South Downs meet the sea

Sunset lends stunning colours to the winding Cuckmere meanders

Cuckmere Valley

Flower-rich chalk grassland with stunning views of the Cuckmere River

Moonlight over a dew pond near Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex

Ditchling Beacon

Panoramic views from the top of world

A view of the scarp at Blackcap

Blackcap

A classic downland experience with secret woodland glades

Sunset looking north from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

Devil's Dyke, West Sussex 

Explore this historic beauty spot on the South Downs Way, named after the huge dry valley (the largest in the country) that carves its way through ridges of rolling chalk grassland. Great for bike rides, walking and flying a kite, the area is rich in rare and colourful wildlife such as butterflies and orchids.

Aerial view of Saddlescombe Farm on the South Downs

Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill

A hidden hamlet nestled in the downs

Aerial view of Cissbury Ring on the South Downs

Cissbury Ring

The most historic hill on the South Downs

Slindon Beech woods in spring

Slindon Estate

A great and ancient downland estate

Heather putting on a purple display in August on Lavington Common, with pine trees scattered across the landscape

Lavington Common

A rare pocket of open heath amongst plantation woodland

View of cattle grazing over heathland with heather and gorse in full bloom

Marley Common

Coconut-scents, purple heather and intimate woodland walks

Wide open skies at Black Down make for perfect stargazing opportunities

Black Down

The highest point in the South Downs National Park

The view of river meadows at Woolbeding parkland

Woolbeding Countryside

Woolbeding Estate in West Sussex is quietly tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley. With its wide horizons and intimate secluded places, this huge estate has an extraordinary blend of habitats. To the north are the wild and open greensand hills and commons. To the south take in glorious views from the parkland and wander along the River Rother with its steep-sided woods and pasture. It is an example of a mediaeval strip parish, divided by earth banks secured with stone-faced walls, marking boundaries between common and agricultural land.

The beautiful white sands of East Head offer a perfect place to relax

East Head

Shifting sand dunes, salt marsh and flowing tides

A view of the cliffs at Fairlight in East Sussex

Fairlight Cliffs, East Sussex 

These cliffs form part of the 163 mile long Saxon Shore Way footpath. Formed 140 million years ago they tell the tale of a time when the area was covered by a large lake and dinosaurs hunted along its shore. The fascinating geology makes it a Site of Special Scientific Interest.