Dog walking in West Sussex

If you have a dog, it's no-doubt very much a part of your family life. So here are are some of the fantastic locations and landscapes for you and your four-legged friend can explore in Sussex. Grab your walking boots and plan your adventure today.

Welcome back sign in field

Bringing your dog

This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Some places may temporarily have different restrictions for dogs in place to maintain social distancing. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel for booking details and the most up to date information about visiting

Dog peering through bridge at Sheffield Park East Sussex

Sheffield Park 

Bring your dog to enjoy the views at Sheffield Park and Garden. Whilst we are operating the pre-booking system, dogs are welcome in the garden at any time. We kindly ask that you keep your dog on a short lead.
Dogs are also welcome on the parkland - but please do keep them on a lead as we have livestock grazing all year-round.
East Park is the place for a run-around off the lead.

Dog walking on a lead

Birling Gap 

The South Downs are a great place to walk your dog. There's always somewhere nearby for you to enjoy this rich countryside throughout the year. Birling Gap is no different. Discover a few doggy do’s and don’ts before you head out on your walk.

Dog walking

Petworth  

We love dogs here at Petworth, in fact Spaniels were the favourite pet of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. We welcome dogs to stretch their legs in Petworth Park all year round.

Dogs and wildlife

Standen House and Garden 

Your four legged friends are welcome at Standen, in fact the Beales owned dogs themselves. You can explore acres of woodland on the wider estate and follow paths around the formal garden.

Two cartoon dogs from South Downs Take the Lead video

Take the Lead: Canine Confessions

We ask for the support of dog owners in keeping your pets under close control around livestock. If you are unsure as to whether your dog will chase livestock then please keep them on a lead. We recommend following the guidance in this series of useful videos, called Canine Confessions, produced by the South Downs National Park.