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. We welcome dogs on leads in the landscape garden and Garden after 1.30pm each day. Dogs on leads are also welcome in the parkland and off-lead in East park at all times.

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.

Spaniel at Petworth Park


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.

Walk your dogs in the woods at Standen

Standen House and Garden 

Bring your dog for a walk at Standen and explore woodland paths. Dogs are also welcome in the garden so you can explore even more with your four-legged friend. 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.