Walks at Uppark

A brown hare at Uppark, National trust

At this time of year, there's a palette of colours waiting to be discovered across Uppark's far-reaching landscape. Choose one of two short walks to explore the grounds. The Woodland Walk begins next to visitor reception and the South Meadow Walk starts just beyond the house.

Uppark is home to a wide variety of wildlife. There are bats and dormice, buzzards and many other nesting birds. The estate is also home to around a hundred species of lichen. If you are very lucky you might even see a brown hare on the south meadow lying very low and still. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore and see what you can spot. 

The Woodland Walk is an enchanting, short ramble around Uppark's landscape. Discover the beautiful and atmospheric woodlands on this 30-minute walking trail. It’s a moderate walk of less than a mile with a variety of viewpoints through woodland. 

Woodland walk

Take in the sights and sounds of the season or spend time making a den while on our Woodland walk. The route starts by Visitor Reception and takes in several viewpoints on the way. It should take around 20 minutes or so, and is steep in places.

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Uppark is a great place to while away a family day
Visitors in the garden at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex
Uppark is a great place to while away a family day

Take a gentle walk around the fringes of Uppark’s south meadow on the Meadow Walk, taking in the views of the house. This walking trail is also perfect for taking in some of the panoramic views of the surrounding South Downs. On clear days you can even catch a glimpse of the Isle of Wight. 

Meadow walk

For something a little less strenuous, try our Meadow walk. Starting from the entrance to the house, it leads in front of the Dairy before following the edge of the meadow, offering views out to sea and as far as the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

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Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark
Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark
Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark

Ready for more?

For a longer trek, take the path out to Harting Down near Uppark. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a nature reserve. Its importance is down to its rare and fragile chalk grassland. Please note this walk is on minor B roads so take care of oncoming traffic.  

A rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly at Harting Down
Walking trail

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.