Summer walks in Sussex

Breathe in the summer air in some of Sussex's finest countryside. These downloadable walking trails take in butterflies and wildflowers, lanes and hilltops in the South Downs, open parkland and coastal paths.

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 and archaeology of this coastal site.

West Front at Petworth

A walk through the park at Petworth, 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.

Sunlight bursting through the tree top in the woods

A downloadable winter woodland walk

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the park at Petworth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.