Walk in Sussex by the Sea

A family descend through trees and greenery on a walk down a hill in the South Downs countryside

With the ever present backdrop of The South Downs (the UK's newest National Park) and the flat but more urbanised Coastal Plain, Sussex by the Sea, in the centre of the south of England is great as a base for getting out and enjoying the fresh air.

 

THE COASTAL PLAIN

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are in the centre of the West Sussex coastal plain which makes for flat easy walking and cycling, although, as a popular residential area, you're also likely to encounter traffic and busy roads too.

 

THE SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK

A recognised area of outstanding natural beauty, The South Downs National Park offers some of the most breathtaking and invigorating Sussex walks, bike and horse rides you could hope for on your holiday. Explore more than 3,000 kilometres of well-signed, well-managed and easily accessible trails on foot, by bike or on horseback, with access to the South Downs from both Arundel and the nearby village of Amberley.

The National Park streches from Winchester to Eastbourne, so for walks closest to the Arun District (Arundel, Bognor Regis & Littlehampton) look out for the following walsk to view, download or print from the South Downs National Park website

  • South Downs Way by bus and train
  • Centurion Way (Chichester)
  • Walks in Arundel
  • Walks in Findon
  • Walks in Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Walks in Singleton (Chichester)
  • Walks near Amberley
  • Walks near Midhurst and Duncton Mill (Chichester)
  • Walks near Steyning, Chanctonbury and Washington
  • Walks around Rogate and Harting
  • In the footsteps of Ivon Hitchens – walk near Lavington and Duncton

WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL have lots of useful trails and information on their website  - many of the footpaths are also bridleways.

 

ACCESSIBLE TRAILS

View, Download or print the Easy Countryside Trails booklet. The walks are for everyone to enjoy, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, those wanting a gentler walk and walkers who are less mobile.

 

FEELING ADVENTUROUS?

SOUTH DOWNS WAY
Why not try a section - or even all of the South Downs Way – a national trail which stretches the entire length of the National Park, from Winchester to Eastbourne - a total of 99 miles (160km) 
 
MONARCH'S WAY
Combine your walking interest with England's 17th Century history along The Monarch's Way . Britain's second longest signed walking trail - a total of 615 miles (990km), this is the historic route using footpaths and bridleways to follow King Charles II's escape route after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in the English Midlands in 1651. The route passes through Sussex by the Sea and finishes at nearby Shoreham by Sea
 
 
GO DIGITAL
 
There are several cycling and walking apps that help you plan your route and some even monitor your health while you're out and about.
 
Discover more National Park routes ideas on the ViewRanger App
 
i.footpath;  MapMyWalk and The British Heart Foundation are all great apps to try. Alternatively use your preferred Search Engine for even more choices.
 

REPORT A PROBLEM

If you come across a problem on any local footpath, bridle or cycle paths, please contact West Sussex County Council.Public Rights of Way Team