Summer walks in and around West Sussex

Breathe in the late summer air in some of West 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.

West Front at Petworth
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Petworth 

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.

The historic Tiger Inn, East Sussex

South Downs 

Fancy a swift one? If having a pint and a pub lunch sounds good, why not add to the occasion and try one of our short beer mat walks on the South Downs?

Sunlight bursting through the tree top in the woods
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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.

People on the beach at East Head, West Wittering, West Sussex.
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East Head 

Take a circular walk taking in East Head, Chichester harbour and West Wittering Village. Enjoy pretty coastal paths, leafy lanes and charming coffee shops and pubs as you while away a day by the sea.

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

Start in the heart of Midhurst and head out into the beauty of the Woolbeding Parkland. Follow the River Rother, edged with ancient trees, past a plantation of whispering poplars and listen for the sounds of the weir before returning to Midhurst's main street.

Standen, its surrounding estate and East Grinstead
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Standen House and Garden 

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.

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

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
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Petworth 

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.

Woodland on the Eastern slope at Black Down, West Sussex
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Black Down 

A walk to the Temple of the Winds, named after a Bronze Age circular bank. Here you'll 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.

A rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly at Harting Down
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Harting Down 

One of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland in our care, Harting Down is a renowned nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Take in panoramic views over the Weald, before descending into secluded valleys of natural and historic interest full of rare wildlife and plants.