Go walking in the Sussex countryside

High Weald Walking Festival 2021

This year’s High Weald Walking Festival is running from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 September.

The High Weald, covering parts of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, is a walker’s paradise. From ancient hedgerows to woodlands,  sandstone outcrops, historic villages and farmsteads – there’s lots to see.

The Festival offers 33 free guided walks across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty. The walks are led by knowledgeable guides from local Ramblers groups, the High Weald AONB team and other partners including the RSPB and National Trust.

Highlights of the Festival include:

  • High Weald Dark Skies Walk – a leisurely walk to enjoy the stars across the High Weald with a Dark Skies story.
  • WealdWay 40th Anniversary Walk – a circular walk using the WealdWay and Tunbridge Wells Circular, stopping at the village of Spelhurst for lunch.
  • Full Steam Ahead at Horsted Keynes – an opportunity to recapture the golden age of steam on this walk beside the Bluebell Railway and through fields and woods.

A booking system is in place for the walks to manage numbers and keep everyone as safe as possible.

You can see the programme of walks and make free bookings at: www.highwealdwalks.org/walking-programme

Go walking in the South Downs National Park

The National Park stretches for 140 kilometres from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east and offers lots of opportunities for healthy, relaxing walks.

You can find information about 10 superb walks in East Sussex, including Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke, Heritage Coast walks and Stanmer Park.

If you want to walk in West Sussex, scroll down this page to find out about 10 exciting walks, including Arundel, Findon and Shoreham-by-Sea.

There are also some great walks for you to enjoy along the South Downs Way. This walking trail runs the length of the national park. You can find details of 12 spectacular walks with wonderful views, which you can get to by bus or train in this leaflet. 

Eastbourne – Self-guided walks

If you live in Eastbourne or want to discover more about the town and its natural surroundings, you can follow a self-guided walk.

A self-guided walk will give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, with its wonderful plants, animals and marine life. If you adopt walking as a way of life, you’ll discover its health and wellbeing benefits. There are walks for people of all ages and mobility.

Find out about four great self-guided walks from Beachy Head and seven other walks in and around Eastbourne, including on the Harbour Trail, Seven Sisters Trail and heritage trails. See the list of self-guided walks.