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Go walking in the Sussex countryside

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. 

High Weald Walking Festival

Every September the High Weald Walking Festival offers free guided and self-guided walks for all. Whether you are new to countryside walking or a seasoned rambler, you are invited to join the walks. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from local history to wildlife to just admiring the view.

The Festival runs from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 September 2023. 

Find out more:

Download the programme

From 1-30 September you can download a range of self-guided walks so that you can enjoy the High Weald AONB whenever you want. 


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.