Downloadable walks in Sussex

There are stargazing walks, romantic rambles, beachside walks and pub trails for you to enjoy in Sussex.

View over the surrounding countryside from Nymans, West Sussex, in June.

A woodland walk at Nymans

Exploring Nymans gardens can be complemented by a walk around the surrounding estate, an area of the High Weald, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1983.

Enjoy breathtaking views towards the South Downs

A walk through Petworth Park, inspired by Capability Brown

Enjoy a three mile walk through the 700 acres of parkland sculpted by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, with breath taking views over the park to distant hills towards the South Downs.

Three people walk along the top of the magnificent Seven Sisters cliffs with distant views behind of sea , horizon, Birling Gap coastguard cottages and Belle tout lighthouse

Discovering Gayles Farm

Stride out on a walk across this iconic landscape, walking in the steps of our ancestors as you discover the fascinating history, wildlife an archaeology of this coastal site.

Blue and black banded demoiselle damselflies rest on a reed  at the edge of the river Rother

Wonderful Woolbeding wander

Spot banded demoiselles on this gentle walk where you'll pass by both riverside and woodland.

A black metal fingerpost sign posting the way to the old Haslemere well, which used ot supply the local area and charged a ha'penny per bucket

Swan Barn Farm well, woodland and meadow walk

Starting and ending in the historic market town of Haslemere, this walk goes from the medieval dipping well past a traditional orchard grazed by sheep, through a network of meadows, streams and woodland.

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

Fulking archaeology walk

Walk through time along the South Downs

Standen and surrounding estate, West Sussex

Short walk from Standen to Weir Wood Reservoir

Explore historic woodland, flower meadows and ancient sandstone rock outcrops on this circular walk that takes in Weir Wood Reservoir.

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

East Head and Ellanore circular walk

Take a circular walk taking in East Head, Chichester harbour and West Wittering Village, with pretty coastal paths, leafy lanes and coffee shop or pub options along the way.

Sunset lends stunning colours to the winding Cuckmere meanders

A heavenly haven at Chyngton

Take in the chalk downland of Seaford Head local nature reserve, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley on this easy to moderate walk.

People walking on footpath in woods

Standen circular walk to Rockinghill and Hollybush woods

A short walk with spectacular views across Weirwood reservoir, this trail includes both Rockinghill and Hollybush woods.

Standen and the Bluebell Railway, West Sussex

Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

Walk to and from Kingscote Station and Bluebell Railway, where connecting steam trains can be taken to Sheffield Park or into the historic town of East Grinstead.

Standen, its surrounding estate and East Grinstead

Standen to East Grinstead and Steam Railway

Explore old footpaths through bluebell woodlands, which provide a rural route to the centre of East Grinstead, that now links to the Bluebell Steam Railway.

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Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers

A tranquil walk in Nap Wood, home to a fantastic array of wildlife, from the mature trees that tower above you to the vivid displays of bluebells that decorate the woodland floor in late spring.

Standen and surrounding estate, West Sussex

Walk from Standen to Selsfield Common and back

An 8.5 mile walk for more experienced walkers, to and from Selsfield Common, looked after by the staff at Standen.

A chalk grassland meadow full of flowers and grasses on the slopes of Hat Hill in summer, with distant views of surrounding countryside on the horizon

Hat Hill to Levin Down

Walk our scenic Sussex trail for a varied, circular route through woodland, fields, and downland, with great views towards and from Hat Hill.

A dark green fritillary butterfly warms its wings on a thistle

Cissbury Ring butterfly walk

One of the very best butterfly sites in Sussex, including numerous Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillaries and marbled whites.

Delicate wild garlicflowers carpet the floor and fils the air with their deliciously pungent scent

Wolstonbury Hill explore nature walk

This walk takes you through beech woodland and across open grassland, and as a Special Site of Scientific Interest you'll find a variety of plants and wildlife. Visit in the spring to see bluebells and smell the wild garlic.

A Woodland path through Bateman's estate, East Sussex

Bateman’s Kipling countryside walk

Enjoy our woodland walk at Bateman's and take in views over Sussex countryside, a landscape which was the home of Rudyard Kipling.

Seven Sisters sea view, Sussex

Bounding up to Belle Tout

Take a wander up Lookout Hill to Mad Jack Fuller's folly and enjoy some breathtaking sea and downland views.

A common blue butterfly rests on top of a yellow bird's foot trefoil wildflower.

Between the South Downs and the sea walk

With so much wildlife and archaeology to see along the way, there really is something for everyone on this moderately challenging walk between the South Downs and the sea.

The historic Tiger Inn, East Sussex

Birling Gap walk from the Tiger Inn

This circular walk allows you to enjoy great views over the downs and Easy Sussex coast and feel a sense of the landscape's long history.

Sunrise near Ditchling Beacon in Sussex

Ditchling Beacon to Devil's Dyke, South Downs walk

This route will take you through some of the most stunning parts of the South Downs Way, where you will find wildlife aplenty and see extensive views from the Ditchling Beacon.

Distant views over field systems at Devil's Dyke with trees and scrub framing left and right.

Walking in the South Downs: day one

Challenge yourself to a two-day walk across the South Downs. On day one you'll explore Devil's Dyke valley, stop off at Saddlescombe Farm and climb up to the Ditchling Beacon.

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

Walking in the South Downs: day two

Challenge yourself to a two-day walk across the South Downs. On day two you'll pass through the Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve and may spot Exmoor ponies as you head towards Southease.

A postcard showing the Victorian funicular railway station that took visitors to the village of Poynings

Devil's Dyke histories and mysteries walk

A good three mile walk which takes you to the alleged burial site of the Devil and beyond to Saddlescombe Farm and the Donkey Wheel - a great place to stop for a cup of tea.

Butterfly in the garden in the summer at Monk's House, East Sussex

Devil's Dyke butterfly walk

This 1 mile walk over chalk grassland is abundant with butterflies; you could spot any number, from the Adonis blue, chalkhill blue and green hairstreak to smaller populations of brown argus, dark-green fritillary and silver-spotted skipper.

In June the banks are carpeted in common spotted orchids

Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber walk

Fresh air, spectacular views and an ancient landscape will accompany you along this scenic downland walk, near Devil's Dyke.

A male dark green fritillary butterfly suns itself on a child’s hand

Newtimber Hill butterfly walk

A refreshing walk around one of the best downs for butterflies and flowers, with Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillary and silver-spotted skipper.

A marbled white butterfly rests on knapweed in a wild flower meadow

Black Down trail: Shottermill to Marley Common and Cognor Wood

Walk through ancient millponds onto Marley Common with its impressive beech trees, then through woods into a working sweet chestnut coppice, before heading uphill to a summer meadow.

Wide open skies at Black Down make for perfect stargazing opportunities

Summer star gazing walk at Black Down

Perfect for families and anyone unfamiliar with astronomy, this walk will introduce you to star gazing at Black Down, the highest point in Sussex.

A view south looking over the rolling downland of the South Downs from behind the stone plinth, with a charming curved inscribed stone seat in memory of WE Hunter who donated Black Down to the National Trust in memory of his beloved wife.

South Downs Black Down Temple of the Winds walk

The walk goes to the Temple of the Winds. Here you can find one of the best views of the South Downs National Park. This little-known spot has a secret feel and a charming curved stone seat to rest on.

Petworth House and Park deer

Petworth House and Park ancient trees walk

Discover more about the amazing ancient trees that dominate the skyline of Petworth Park on this circular walk.

Fighting Bucks, JWM Turner, 1829

Petworth Park...through Turner’s eyes

Discover the views that inspired England’s greatest landscape painter, JMW Turner, on this stroll around Petworth Park.

Slindon folly, built in 1814 for the Countess of Newburgh's picnic parties

Slindon Estate, West Sussex

This walk around Nore Hill Folly from The George Inn at Eartham is perfect for warm days in spring, with much of the route overhung and shaded by trees. Feast your eyes on the superb show of bluebells here, from as early as mid-April.

'Shippams Poste', named for a local family who donated it to the Trust

Stane Street trail

Take our substantial 7-mile walk through the Slindon Estate, Eartham Woods and along the Chichester to London Roman Road: Stane Street.

A footpath along the edge of the gently flowing Rother, fringed with ancient trees and low lying plants

Woolbeding Countryside - River Rother and Midhurst

Enjoy this easy walk along the River Rother starting and returning to Midhurst's charming main street.

Enjoy far reaching views from  the peace and shelter of Cradle Valley

Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm

Take in great views of secluded farmland and river, as well as wildflowers and wildlife and a diversion to the village of Litlington.

The West-facing front of the c14th timber framed Alfriston Clergy House.

Alfriston Clergy House countryside walk

Walk in the footsteps of the artists and writers of the Bloomsbury Group as you follow our circular route to 600-year-old Alfriston Clergy House.

A black and white checkered marbled white butterfly rests on a flowerhead

Walk on Fulking

A moderate circular walk, starting and finishing at the Shepherd and Dog pub, comprising ancient landscapes and breathtaking views.

In October the fallow deer bucks ‘rut’ to try and secure a mate

Downland and wildlife walk on Harting Down

A classic downland walk, offering panoramic views over the Weald to the North Downs, before descending into secluded valleys of natural and historic interest.

The raised bank of the Park Pale was once used to confine livestock

Slindon Medieval Park Pale and village walk

Take a walk round Slindon's Medieval deer park, starting in Butchers Copse woodland, following the route of its 'Pale', then through the unspoilt Downland village of Slindon.

A rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly at Harting Down

Harting Down wildlife walk

This walk offers panoramic views over the Weald to the North Downs, before descending into secluded valleys of natural and historic interest full of rare wildlife and plants.

A wooden signpost stands in the shade of a large tree on an open track

Bridle Road to Bignor walk

Take in some beautiful vistas of the largest traditional estate on the South Downs - the perfect winter walk when the trees are bare.

Walkers enjoy the wide open views along the track to Little Wood

The Rise of Northwood ramble, Slindon

Take a walk to see the fields under the plough since the First World War, soon to be restored to woodland as part of our project 'The Rise of Northwood'.

'Shippams Poste', named for a local family who donated it to the Trust

Stane Street, Leper’s Path, and Gumber Lynchets

Discover a Roman road across open downland, a chalky Woodland Ride known as 'Leper's Path', and Iron Age lynchets across a small pasture.