This part of West Sussex has a significantly high number of bird species. The transitions of river, farmland, woodland, and heath, linked by old hedgerows and shaws, are great for bird watching, mammal observation and tracking.
Open views and vistas
Woolbeding Common is an ancient and wild landscape. Heathland is a man-made habitat crated through the clearance of forests around 5,000 years ago, which formed large open expanses of land. From our highest vantage point at Older Hill enjoy the view across the Weald, with its magnificent sweep of broad-leafed woodland, over to the North Downs. On the Common, surrounded by Downland horizons, breathe in the coconut smell of gorse and enjoy the constantly changing colours through the seasons.
The southern end of the estate sits in the Rother valley, rich in atmosphere with its lush riverside greenery and ancient woodland. The Rother twists and loops its way through the surrounding pasture punctuated by old oaks that create dappled shade along the waterway. Explore the tranquil spots along the river on either side of Woolbeding Bridge, and follow the signed Rother Walk into Midhurst town.
50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4
There's plenty of 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 family fun here at Woolbeding. Our top five favourite things to do:
- Hold a scary beast
- Go star gazing
- Hunt for bugs
- Track wild animals
- Go bird watching
Harting Down nature reserve is one of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland we care for. It's a tapestry of pristine downland blending beautifully with scattered scrub and woodland.
Drovers is a hidden estate nestling in undulating hills and valleys. Step back to a timeless rural life, set amidst shady woodland and rolling ancient pastures.
Lavington Common is a survivor of an open landscape that once stretched across the Weald. It's rich in plants, wildlife, and heathers which flourish here providing shelter for rare reptiles and insects.