Explore the grounds at Uppark
Perched high above the South Downs, Uppark is perfect to overlook a timeless autumnal landscape. The woodlands brim with golden yellows, reds and deep greens with breath-taking views.
Walking at Uppark
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on as you explore and see what you can spot.
If you follow the woodland walk, enjoy the striking beech trees in all seasons whether it’s the bright acid green of new growth or the carpet of cinnamon leaves in the autumn. The piles of wood and dead hedges are great for encouraging small mammals and insects to visit.
In the tunnels under Uppark shrews and frogs live, and bats hibernate here in the winter. Brown long-eared bats also roost in the roof space of the house during the summer months. Common pipistrelles and other species have been found here too.
Look out for the swallows as they swoop across the meadow in the summer and watch out for the cheeky chaffinches by the restaurant.
Many varieties of butterflies flutter about the meadow in summer from large white to meadow brown and small copper.
As the days grow longer and autumn unravels, pheasants can be seen in the garden and grounds, their calls echoing in the air.
Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Uppark in West Sussex, from servants' quarters and tunnels, to woods for den-building and a wild flower meadow for picnics.
Uppark is a two pawprint rated place. Take a look at what you need to know if you are bringing your four-legged friend with you on a visit, including walking tips, facilities and information on Pooch Passports.
There is a network of historic paths at Uppark that have been covered over for many years. Find out about the work we are doing to restore them using old maps and photographs.
On entering Uppark through the 'golden gates' you'll be greeted by an open glade surrounded by shrubs and trees, within a walled garden. A scented garden creates a peaceful space to unwind, and the Gothick Seat allows you to sit and relax with views across to the Solent.
Take a look inside this classic historical house, filled with exquisite furnishings from all over the world, and discover what life was like below stairs for serving staff.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
Discover the wide array of countryside settings around Sussex, from the highest point of East Sussex at Ditchling Beacon to the incredible rolling landscape of the South Downs.